I am contemplating a motherboard swap from my Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H to the Asus Maximus V Formula. I guess what my biggest question is, is it worth the swap. I am looking for some more control with overclocking and such, but I have not worked with an Asus board in a very long time. Thoughts on this idea or am I just crazy.
Additionally, I have also looked at the MSI Z77 MPower Big Bang.
Hi, The limiting factor in your overclocks is not going to be that motherboard, it'll be the heat and the silicon lottery. The UD5H is a perfectly good overclocking board, the problem is the well known crappy TIM inside the CPU, but its easy to replace with something better. Although I kinda got an average clocker only able to get to 4.8 no matter how much voltage I apply. But I was able to get a solid 4.5 with only 1.25 V. I started out with a Biostar Z77 board and changed to this Maximus Extreme because it was cheap. Still the same OC though, just not worth running at 1.5V+ for an extra 500Mhz
Well, it certainly seems that my initial thought of leaving the board well alone is correct. I will have to work on the clocking again and see where I get. I guess the options on the Maximus are really warranted or really needed. The maximus I was looking at is only $159, so it wasn't me paying $300-$400 for the board.