Originally Posted by pac08
Is the Maximus VII Ranger suitable for a mild overclocking on a 4790k with only 4+2 phases, or should i go with another mobo?
Originally Posted by Wirerat
Yes, chances are the cpu lottery will limit you before that power delivery does. After owning several mobos and haswells there is usually only 100mhz (at most) separating 1 mobo from the next using the same cpu.
I would agree with Wirerat's experience share.
I was about to swap my Maximus VII Ranger for a Hero, instead I opted for another i5 4690K which came up on promo.
My original would top out at 4.6GHz with bios set to 1.27V, it ran too hot IMO to do some lengthy stress tests.
New is doing 4.8GHz with 1.210V in bios, stability tested with 24hrs [email protected]
, 54 loops (9hrs) x264, 3hrs RealBench Stress mode, 4.9GHz has also had some testing and usable as 24/7 OC IMO.
Done light windows usage for [email protected]
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I had read all the pages of this thread before deciding to buy Ranger in Feb15 and at that decision time I was still no closer to knowing if I was making the right choice.
What swung the decision for me towards the Ranger a)
review comparing Hero with Ranger b)
purchase price of Ranger (£134 bundled with Asus Front Base OC panel
, sold on ebay to reduce mobo price further).
Here are the relevant sentences from Bit Tech Review
With our Core i7-4770K, we managed an overclock of 4.8GHz using a Vcore of 1.27V. This is a bit better than the Ranger, which required 1.28V for the same feat, but it's no better than the other motherboards that we saw in our four-way round-up.
I'll be honest though every time a Hero comes up on promo @ an etailer I feel tempted to buy!
So far my brain overules and suggests I'd have no real gains