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Asus Crosshair IV Formula
Best board I've ever owned.
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Best board I've ever owned.
Agreed, but about 130 bucks out of this guys price range lol.
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post #13 of 19
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So Asus doesn't make good boards? Are the Gigabyte boards good for overclocking and do they have a saftey feature for overclocking?

The Asus Crosshair IV Formula is too much for me.
Anything close to that?
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post #14 of 19
$94.99 BIOSTAR TA870+ AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

$115 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Asus and Gigabyte both make pretty good boards, it's just that their higher performing lines like the Crosshair are completely out of your price range. Both of these boards are decent, but given the cost $95 vs $115, I would spend the extra $20 and get the AsRock one based on all the extra features you get.

AsRock is Asus' more budget line, but don't let that fool you into thinking it is garbage, it is a very good board for the money. You get most of the doodads that come with modern AM3 boards (sata 3, usb 3, sb 870), and it will OC as well as any 4+1 phase board you get. You also get x16 in single card or two x8/x8 lanes (very little performance difference) if you run a multi-card solution in the future. Here's a link to a review, it walks you through all the features of the board
Edited by Velathawen - 2/8/11 at 6:14am
post #15 of 19
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So Asus doesn't make good boards? Are the Gigabyte boards good for overclocking and do they have a saftey feature for overclocking?

The Asus Crosshair IV Formula is too much for me.
Anything close to that?
ASUS boards are great.. Just most of them do not like HTREF clocking. Which is Ironic since on the Intel side of things they tend to be very good bus clockers from p965 to X58.
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post #16 of 19
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ASUS makes a decent set of boards but if you are not Ocing BE chips I would stay away from them For some reason ASUS boards have terrible HTREF clocking capability with few exceptions.

Few boards are going to pass 300, but the M4 series had trouble past 250.

If you REALLY want to push htref clock, the MA790FXTA-UD5P I think is the only ddr3 board I saw capable of 400. I screwed up and got the non MA790FXT-ud5p... its stops about 310 on air. its the other one you will want.
Iv'e have heard this-but I got my $50 M4N68t to 300 easy,and that was the max available.My MSI 870 has hit 334.Most of the time it is improper settings that hold a ref. clock back.
To the OP-the Asus M4A88TD EVO or 870 EVo-or the Gigabyte 870.Also the ASrock 880g Extreme 3.The Biostar 890 FX goes for around 100 on sale if you can find one.THE absolute most important thing if you want to overclock an X6 is 8+2 power phases plus VRM cooling-do not get anything else.
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post #17 of 19
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Most of the time it is improper settings that hold a ref. clock back.
I would agree with that, BIOS revisions can make a large difference too.

I think the thing with ASUS is, when you get into the mid-high range boards they have more features that limit over clocking. The best HTREF clockers are the very high end and the very low end.

This is true across Archs with ASUS. Just was reminded of it with the P67 boards. The low end boards are not as multi limited as the deluxe.
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post #18 of 19
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I just found this board:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...=M4A87TD%20EVO

How is this one?
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How about this one:
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813131646

Good? Bad?
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