Originally Posted by darksen
how are you liking the ITX? specs similar to the extreme series?
Oh I love it, but more on that in a momemt. I bought both the Z77E-ITX and Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe as seen in my last post. When testing with a 3570K, they both needed 1.3v to hit 4.5Ghz (not the best chip lol). I then did some testing with a 2600K @ 4.5Ghz, and the Asrock board could get through stability with a much lower VCore (1.264 vs. 1.3) compared to the Asus. After doing some comparisons, my system shut down for the second time in a week, sort of like a cold/hard reset (no bluescreen), and I started getting worried about the Asrock board. After doing a bit more testing and realizing the Asus needed more voltage with the 2600K @ 4.5Ghz (1.3 vs Asrock's 1.264 with all LLC/Vdroop settings the same), I'm now concluding that the Asrock shut down due to the lack of voltage. I couldn't even boot into Windows with the Asus without providing 1.288, and it needed a little more voltage for stability, so lack of voltage clearly must have been the reasoning for the sudden non blue screen shut down while using the Asrock. Apart from that, I like a lot of things about the Z77E-ITX. It has a lot less overclocking features in the UEFI, but that only makes the overclocking process simpler. Moreover, all the extra eye candy Asus provides (Digi+ VRM, etc.,) doesn't seem to do a damn thing when it comes to overclocking potential. Next the Asrock cold boots in 15 seconds, while the Asus takes 25 or so. The Asrock also provides slightly better SSD benchmark performance, has a better layout for internal neatness, Good Night LED (love this), simpler overclocking (mentioned above), and of course it's less expensive. I have another 3570K coming tomorrow and plan to do some more comparing but I'm currently leaning towards the Asrock. Hope it's okay I sort of did a comparison
Originally Posted by aar0nsky
I will add it. Didn't see the itx boards as overclock boards but I guess people will try anything
Thank you and the ITX boards overclock just as well as the other boards. In fact, the Z77E-ITX has a 6 + 2 Power Phase Design, while the Z77 Pro4, Z77 Pro4-M, and Z77 Extreme4-M only have a 4 + 2 Power Phase Design.