Hello all, I am still stuck on what motherboard to get for my new build coming later this year. I am watercooled and wish to reach my maximum overclock. My two choices are the 'Asus P8P67 Deluxe' and the 'Asus P8P67 EVO'. I will show you a full list of my build and I am worrying that the lack of additional power phases on the 50$ cheaper "EVO" will disintegrate my overclocking capabilities. All comments and recommendations appreciated.
NOTE: If I get the 'deluxe' motherboard I will not be using the front panel USB.3 box add-on due to lack of front 5 1/2" drive bays.
Case: Corsair 650D
Case lighting: Logisys dual 12" UV cold cathode kit
PSU: Corsair HX-850
Motherboard: P8P67 Deluxe (310$), P8P67 EVO (255$).
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K @ over 5Ghz
CPU Cooling: XSPC Rasa 750 240mm KIT with thermochill EC6 UV blue
RAM: 8GB Dominator (2GBx4) 1600mhz CL7
GPU: Asus GTX570
HDD: Dual 500GB Caviar blue drives (RAID1)
Fan controller: Scythe Kaze master ace - 4 channel\
So whats the verdict? is there anything I will benefit from spending an additional 50$ on the deluxe?
What is the difference in overclocking potential with a 12+2 Phase power and a 16+2?
Would the fact of the chip not being one of the "special" or, "lucky" chips be overruled by the fact I'll be on a double rad? Also my choices are narrowed down to EVO/DELUXE for the simple fact, in Australia; EVO=250$, PRO= 230$. If I'm going to spend 230$, I may as well spend the extra 20$ for the next bump up.
Also, you didn't exactly answer my main question. How does the power phases differentiation lead to differed outcomes in overclocking. For example would I get 4.6 On a 12+2, but a 5.0 on 16+2? Is there any difference and if so, by how much?
I think the answer is in the link that was provided...
Quick Note Regarding Motherboard Stack – What does going higher in the board stack provide overclocking wise?
ASUS’ entire line of P67 motherboards features a class leading and high performance Digi+ VRM implementation that allows for superior overclocking performance; there will be differences between boards.
While our entire board lineup has been internally tested to fully support K series processors, when overclocking in multiplier ranges of 50 to 54x the higher end boards will benefit in two key categories.
1. Better Vdroop efficiency.
2. The ability to help drive and sustain a 50+ high load Overclock under maximum loads.
Examples of boards that focus on this level are our Deluxe, WS, SABERTOOTH, and Maximus IV Extreme