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just bought a MSI P67A-G45 mobo, looking to OC, return and get another???

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it looked ok, which doesnt mean anything, but i just picked one around the same price point as my amd board.

but now that im reading about it, its a 4 phase, which isnt good from what ive heard. ill be putting a 2500k into it, and i would like to get a nice 4.4-4.6ghz oc out of it.

should i return it and get a different board with a higher phase? its still sealed sitting in the back seat of my car... cpu doesnt arrive until monday.
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It has sinks on the mosfets, so you're probably safe. Still, if it's no problem- change it.
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Considering you want to do a heavy OC I'd suggest an ASUS P8P67 PRO
    
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I think P67A-G45 should be able to handle a 4.4 oc but if you plan on taking it any further (which you definitely should) then get one of these..they're just a bit more expensive but very worth it:
ASUS P8P67 PRO
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4
ASRock P67 Extreme6 (excellent value)
or MSI P67A-GD65 (if you wanna stay with MSI)
post #5 of 10
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i had store credit for frys, so i have to stay with what they have available.

which means either the P8P67 PRO or the GD65.
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post #6 of 10
For SB you really don't need that many phases unless you are going for an insane oc.

MSI also uses very high quality driver mosfets on their P67 boards.


it is a fine board, no need to waste time returning.
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For SB you really don't need that many phases unless you are going for an insane oc.

MSI also uses very high quality driver mosfets on their P67 boards.


it is a fine board, no need to waste time returning.
well thanks for the vote of confidence. it seems to be a somewhat new board. i cant find any site reviews on it at all.

btw, what is considered an "insane" overclock? i would like to go as high as possible, but i will be on air, so im hoping for a 4.3-4.5ghz. 4.3/4.4 seems to be the norm for this cpu.
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post #8 of 10
4.6 is average.

Anything above 5 is more on the insane side
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5GHz on air is typically the limit. 4.5GHz is doable on pretty much every SB chip without breaking a sweat as far as I've seen, unless you get a real dud (voltage required varies though).

Though the MSI boards are 4 phase, they are SFC, which means higher quality VRM (capable of handling more current/heat). If you only want to hit 4.5GHz you shouldn't worry overmuch.
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Originally Posted by ocpokey View Post
5GHz on air is typically the limit. 4.5GHz is doable on pretty much every SB chip without breaking a sweat as far as I've seen, unless you get a real dud (voltage required varies though).

Though the MSI boards are 4 phase, they are SFC, which means higher quality VRM (capable of handling more current/heat). If you only want to hit 4.5GHz you shouldn't worry overmuch.
SFC refers to the chokes, not the mosfets.

But yea, the whole thing is very high quality.

I owned a GD55, brought my chip to 5.4 just fine:
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1606285
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