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Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H swap to Asus Maximus V Formula

Hello all,

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.

Current Rig: i7-3770K @ 4.2 GHz, 16gb Corsair Vengeance 1600, Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H, EVGA GTX 670 FTW, Kingston HyperX 240gb SSD, WD 1TB Black, Asus Xonar DSX, Seasonic X-760 Modular PSU, Corsair H100i (push/pull) w/ Noctua NF-F12 fans, Win 7 Pro

Thanks
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    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

    Good Luck
    Fungi
  2. 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.

    Thanks for the response funguseater.
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