Originally Posted by Dreamlane
Why is this not stickied?
Well I'm glad it isn't.There is a lot of misinformation and misconception within this thread. I understand it's meant to be helpful,but its way to green to be considered sticky,overclock.net would loose more credibility then anything else.
For one manufacturers are very sneaky,as to how they label the phases,some boards are labeled 8+2 but are in fact 4+1 and are just using 2 chokes/filtering coils per phase,now these don't produce any current,it's just a technicality the allows a manufacturer to label the board 8+2 instead of 4+1.
And in fact there is nothing wrong with a 4+1 setup,it's also happens to be AMD reference design specification.
What should matter is quality,type and number of mosfets,which are mentioned here,however the information here is mostly speculative and not anywhere near 100% accurate.
Just keep in mind whenever you overclock you coming out of spec and need to take extra steps to protect your gear,it's ok to overclock on cheap boards,but you have to add additional cooling and just be more cautious,and in the end if the board happens to blow,don't blame it.