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Best Micro ATX or ITX For i5 3570k to 4.5 GHz+?

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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2013 2:02:42 PM

Whats the Best Price Perfomance LGA 1155 Micro ATX or ITX Motherboard and Air Cooler For Overclocking i5 3570k to 4.5 GHz+ ?

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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2013 2:12:08 PM

You're not going to hit that unless you use a custom watercooling setup - most i5-3570k's hit 4.3 to 4.5 on air, and that's with a good motherboard and large cooler.

That being said, you can achieve that kind of overclock (~4.4GHz) on a mini-ITX with a low-profile cooler, but the temps will be slightly higher than on big air.

I don't know much about micro ATX motherboards, but the only two mini ITX boards that'll get you good overclocks are the AsRock z77e-itx and the Asus p8z77-i deluxe. I bought the AsRock before the Asus came out, and while it easily got my 3570k to 4.4GHz with a 140mm downdraft cooler, I HIGHLY recommend the Asus for a couple reasons. First, it's got a special board filled with power VRMs, which is good for overclocking if you don't have as good of a chip as I got, and second, it's got a better layout - on the AsRock you're limited as to cooler choice because the CPU socket is too close to the PCIe slot.
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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2013 2:32:37 PM

DarkSable said:
You're not going to hit that unless you use a custom watercooling setup - most i5-3570k's hit 4.3 to 4.5 on air, and that's with a good motherboard and large cooler.

That being said, you can achieve that kind of overclock (~4.4GHz) on a mini-ITX with a low-profile cooler, but the temps will be slightly higher than on big air.

I don't know much about micro ATX motherboards, but the only two mini ITX boards that'll get you good overclocks are the AsRock z77e-itx and the Asus p8z77-i deluxe. I bought the AsRock before the Asus came out, and while it easily got my 3570k to 4.4GHz with a 140mm downdraft cooler, I HIGHLY recommend the Asus for a couple reasons. First, it's got a special board filled with power VRMs, which is good for overclocking if you don't have as good of a chip as I got, and second, it's got a better layout - on the AsRock you're limited as to cooler choice because the CPU socket is too close to the PCIe slot.


- How many power phase is ideal for over 4.5GHz?
- Any Matx apart from the itx?
- UK Price?
- whats the 140mm 140mm downdraft cooler you used and max temp with linx?
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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2013 3:06:40 PM

imomun said:

- How many power phase is ideal for over 4.5GHz?
- Any Matx apart from the itx?
- UK Price?
- whats the 140mm 140mm downdraft cooler you used and max temp with linx?


1) Depends on how efficient they are - I'd shoot for between 9 and 12. (Gigabyte is fine with 9, for example, but Asus has smaller phases, so I'd look for higher numbers there.)

2) Like I said, I'm not real familiar with the matx options, sorry.

3) You can find better deals, I'm certain, but amazon.co.uk has the z77e-itx at £117.56, and the p8z77-i deluxe at £143.98.

4) I used a Cooler Master GeminII with an aftermarket Corsair 140mm fan on it. My temps hover around 70 degrees under full load and around 62 under gaming use.
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a b K Overclocking
March 11, 2013 5:04:54 PM


1) Depends on how efficient they are - I'd shoot for between 9 and 12. (Gigabyte is fine with 9, for example, but Asus has smaller phases, so I'd look for higher numbers there.)

2) Like I said, I'm not real familiar with the matx options, sorry.

3) You can find better deals, I'm certain, but amazon.co.uk has the z77e-itx at £117.56, and the p8z77-i deluxe at £143.98.

4) I used a Cooler Master GeminII with an aftermarket Corsair 140mm fan on it. My temps hover around 70 degrees under full load and around 62 under gaming use.
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Thanks DarkSable.

Is there anybody else with any answers ... ?

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June 29, 2013 12:35:35 AM

imomun said:

1) Depends on how efficient they are - I'd shoot for between 9 and 12. (Gigabyte is fine with 9, for example, but Asus has smaller phases, so I'd look for higher numbers there.)

2) Like I said, I'm not real familiar with the matx options, sorry.

3) You can find better deals, I'm certain, but amazon.co.uk has the z77e-itx at £117.56, and the p8z77-i deluxe at £143.98.

4) I used a Cooler Master GeminII with an aftermarket Corsair 140mm fan on it. My temps hover around 70 degrees under full load and around 62 under gaming use.


Thanks DarkSable.

Is there anybody else with any answers ... ?

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Sorry to post on a solved thread, but i have to correct some of the mistakes here. The number of phases present in a VRM does not determine how well your power delivery to your CPU is. It is always the quality of the phases. The P8Z77-I deluxe overclocks just as well as it's bigger brother(P8Z77-V deluxe) but the mitx version only has 8 phases and the atx version has 16. So i would assume the mitx has better quality phases.
A good matx board would be the Asus Z77M-V-Pro or the ROG Maximus V Gene.
The z77e-itx from Asrock is a good bang for the buck but the poor socket placement by Asrock will prevent you from installing any large tower coolers or C type blower CPU coolers leaving the only option of watercooling. It also doesn't overclock as well as the Asus board.
It is possible to shoot for 4.5Ghz+ without proper watercooling. The Noctua NH-D14 air tower cooler has the cooling capacity of the H100i closed loop watercooler from Corsair and 30 dollars cheaper. It however doesn't fit on the Asrock mitx. It will fit onto the Asus P8Z77-I deluxe without problem. There is a list of compatible motherboards on their website. www.noctua.at
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