Originally Posted by glenquagmire
hey guys.....I have a question. What does a MOBO make a real difference in doing with respect to gaming or media? What I mean is I just bought a Gigabyte 990fxa-UD3 rev 4.0 and I am about to OC it. I have also kept an eye on Asus Crosshair V z-formula. What is the real difference and what will I notice. I prefer facts and not just, this is awesome and amazing feedback. Check my signature for my specs. Is it able to be waterblocked? What are some recommended MOBOs performance wise?
like most other hardware, reviews and benchmarks.
then features such as additional VRM phases, better controllers or more copper will attract overclocking, but not necessarily gain advantages over alternatives.
as for your Gigabyte, cpu and ram is blockable as usual but I'm not sure if there's any options for the rest of the motherboard, nor do I think it would be worth the effort as the UD3 is intended to be more affordable then handle extreme overclocks that would need full water, a 80mm fan near the heatsinks should be adequate, just don't try pushing further then 1.5V or you might burn the board...
Crosshair Vz though, has a waterblock available and so far has proven the most reliable at heavy overclocks, to the point its generally recommended as the board to be used with the FX-9370 and FX-9590.