Originally Posted by AlphaC
There's diminishing returns for ripple after 6 PWM phases let alone 10. The reason why there's so many phases is due to heat.
The Biostar board is likely accommodating for APUs whereas the CH 7 Hero is clearly not meant for APUs.
If you want a better picture of pricing you should use octopart.
So basically will perform similar for CPU OC'ing, assuming there is adequate cooling for both. Though the BioStar might have a slight edge on things that are SOC dependent like APUs? Does one really stand out better in your opinion?
This board does seem to also come with a lot of other nice options:
-2 Digit Debug LED Display
-Power, Reset, & clear CMOS buttons
-3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
-2xUSB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
-2xUSB 2.0 Headers
-5xPWM Fan headers
-LN2 Switch (marketing?)
-No 3.1 Gen2 header
-Only 1 M.2 Slot
-Not the same name recognition as the bigger names.
-Same form over function VRM setup?
It isn't the prettiest board, though at least it doesn't have red or other non-neutral colors on it. I also can't speak for the VRM heat sink, there is no heat pipe connecting the two heat sinks. In this review, the reviewer seemed pleased with the UEFI: http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/ar...oard-Review/20
When it comes to customer support, this can't be any worst than what is provided by other brands in Taiwan. This board seems like a great value. It is a $200+ board for $160, granted it is not an entry level price like some of the sub-$100 boards. Though if someone is on a budget and is serious about OC'ing, it seems like a better use of money, then putting into a board that says ROG or comes with stickers.
Originally Posted by czin125
Mouser gets them down to 2.07 if you buy the whole reel. Reels usually come in 3000 to 5000 pieces.
I was just using it for comparison as they all use the same parts, assuming the PWM controllers are the same. The price was based on reel pricing. I fully assume that these guys can get it these parts even cheaper.