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Difference Between these two Gigabyte Motherboards?

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August 2, 2013 7:10:21 AM

Hello,
I'm building a Haswell rig, and planned to use the Gigabyte Z87 G1 Sniper, which features 4 PCIE 3.0 Slots, and has a green and black color scheme which matches very nicely with my Nvidia themed rig. However, I discovered that there is another Motherboard from Gigabyte called the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force, which is supposedly ideal for overclocking. Since I'm planning to run a 4770K at somewhere between 4.5 and 5.0 GHz on a Swiftech H220, is the latter board a better choice? Are there boards from other brands like the Asus Extreme Z87 Motherboards that you would recommend? (Please keep in mind that this is a pretty high-end system, as you may already have guessed.)

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August 2, 2013 7:38:06 AM

I had a look at the OC force recently for another thread.

It seems to be geared to sub zero cooling methods :p  Although I have to say the cooler scheme is nice. And it might be worth looking at for quad SLI.

Did you see the GPU brace frame built in? And does the sniper have anything to compare?
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August 4, 2013 6:52:34 AM

Well, the sniper is basically the same price. It also has 4-way SLI support, but I'm not sure about how the cooling works. Sorry, not exactly very familiar with motherboard cooling.
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August 5, 2013 8:34:16 AM

I meant brace as in the physical brace. I saw that the OC force has a frame to support four gpu's as opposed to leaving them free hanging... Prevents their weight from bending the board in quite the same fashion. As for cooling, Motherboard cooling isnt really a problem unless your aiming for record setting OC's.

Although I'd kill off any hope of a 5.0 ghz haswell with mere water cooling unless your very very very lucky.
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August 5, 2013 8:45:47 AM

They are both high end boards, one tailored for the gaming segment the other for the overclocker segment even with custom loops you will struggle to get the 4770K to 5ghz stable to call 24-7.

The issue comes mostly down into what fits your rigs appearence best and needs, as before the G1 is tailored towards gamers with catchy theme, high end onboard sound and a good blend of PCI'e slots, while the OC Force/UD7 is designed more for the overclocker but has a very nice theme. It is really hard to say this over that due to the nature of both boards being high end and same manufacturer, say you asked between a G1 and a Maximus Extreme id take the Maximus.
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August 5, 2013 8:49:32 AM

Hey sarinaide. Do me a favour, can you work out if the OC force PCIe chip has all four lanes running PCIe 3.0? Cos I cant match up the lanes to slot speeds :p 
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August 5, 2013 8:57:43 AM

From the Webpage it appears as;

3xPCIe 16x and 2x PCIe 8x over 32 lanes which is standard for Intel 1155 and 1150 chipsets, only 2011 supports more or AMD.

1 card - 16 speed
2 cards - 16x2
3 cards - 1x16 and 2x8
4 cards - 4x8

All support PCIe 3.0
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August 5, 2013 9:22:09 AM

How about the Asrock OC Formula AC? WATERPROOF. and Alot of good features for overclocking.

Top of the line boards.

ASUS - MAXIMUS VI FORMULA
GIGABYTE - G1 SNIPER 5
ASROCK - OC FORMULA/AC
MSI - XPOWER

If you want a highend board. MAKE THE BEST OUT OF IT :D 
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August 6, 2013 5:28:44 AM

Alright, for now I guess I'm leaning towards the Sniper. Though, for a (possibly) cheaper alternative, what do you think about the upcoming Asus Maximus VI Formula? I don't think I want the extreme, since Asus does not include onboard audio.
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August 6, 2013 6:36:55 AM

I think Maximus's come with Creative X-FI onboard sound, that will be a very good motherboard.
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August 9, 2013 6:00:31 AM

Well, then, the Sniper it is, until I learn more about the Formula. Thanks, everyone.
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August 10, 2013 12:34:44 AM

Did you see Asrock OC Formula?

When i see it was waterproof :o 

And it certified by Nick Shih (famous overclocker)

And all of the highend boards give almost the same thing but slightly differences.
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