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What advantages do more expensive z87 boards actually have?

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August 24, 2013 6:22:28 PM

In September I'm building a new system for rendering, recording and streaming, not to mention overclocking. I'll be picking up a 4770k and I'm trying to figure out the best motherboard for the money.

As of now I'm looking at the ASRock z87 Extreme6 for $189.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know 4770k are a luck of the draw on how far you can push them, so my goal is to get to 4.5ghz on water, and perhaps if the chip is good push it to 4.7/4.8 (4.9ghz would be amazing but I doubt I'll get a chip to handle that). I'll be delidding the chip and applying some Coollaboratory Liquid Metal Pro/Ultra and possibly doing a direct die contact with my waterblock.

Any point in stepping up to the ~$300 price range at all? I don't need wifi, I don't need blue-tooth and don't care about thunderbolt as I'm sure there will be addon cards if I ever end up needing a port for a thunberbolt drive. I'm only interested in raw overclocking potential.

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a c 344 K Overclocking
August 24, 2013 6:31:56 PM

Not really, of the Haswell builds I've so far as a basis, I went with the Asus Maximus Hero, great OCer, currently running at 4.6 with the 4770K with no problem, am anticipating at least 4.7 and prob 4.8 if I ever get any time to sit and really play with it, and I'm on air, have the CM V8 GTS
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August 24, 2013 6:38:22 PM

That's what I figured, I did have one other question I forgot to add in to the OP.

I'll be running 2xEVGA GTX 780 Classifieds and I've seen a couple of the ~$300 range mobos that can run Dual x16. I've seen the classifieds easily clock stably on air at 1350mhz with 7000mhz memory. If I'm running water I'd imagine I can push it higher than that. Anyone have any idea on if those two cards with that kind of clock speed can saturate the dual x8 bandwidth?

If not I'm thinking I'll stick it out with either the ASRock extreme or the ASUS hero.
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a c 344 K Overclocking
August 24, 2013 6:53:40 PM

To be honest, not sure, but with the SLI, I doubt you'd see any loss, think you'd be happy with the Hero, Asus has a better handle on the Z87 chipset than the Rock, which is why I wet that way after running the Rock on both Sady Bridge and Ivy Bridge (in sig)
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a c 176 K Overclocking
August 24, 2013 7:04:52 PM

PCIe Gen2 8x is more than enough for current graphics cards, it will be a while yet until you need Gen2 16x or Gen3 8x.
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August 24, 2013 7:15:08 PM

Okay, so I don't need to worry about the dual 8x thing, and I generally run with ASUS, I was just impressed by what ASRock had to offer but I'm completely out of my element when it comes to both Intel and Nvidia.

On the ASUS Maximus line, the next step up looks like the Formula boards, and I'm guessing the only real difference there is the Wi-fi/bluetooth and mini-PCIe stuff? Don't have a clue what mini-PCIe is so I'm guessing I don't need it.
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a c 344 K Overclocking
August 24, 2013 7:45:20 PM

;)  Yep generally if you have no idea what something is, you don't need it, but never hurts to find out about it, the Formula is rated for higher freq DRAM up to 3100 vs 2800, a pair of extra SATA port 10 vs 8, a couple extra USB 3 ports 6 vs 4, taht's about all I remember off hand
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August 24, 2013 9:41:47 PM

Awesome! Thanks a lot! I definitely won't be doing 3100 on my ram, maybe 2400/2600. 30 bucks ins't going to be breaking the bank either. Much appreciated!
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a c 344 K Overclocking
August 24, 2013 9:45:24 PM

No problem, let us know your final components and how your build goes ;) 
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