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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3h VS the Asrock z77 Extreme4

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May 19, 2012 4:40:59 AM

Hello!

I have a headache because of the choice of the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3h VS the Asrock z77 Extreme4.

Which has better performance and better for overclock with less heat, etc.........

I have the i5 2500k and I use the PC for Gaming.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Thank you very much :) 
May 19, 2012 5:56:06 AM

Type-R said:
Hello!

I have a headache because of the choice of the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3h VS the Asrock z77 Extreme4.

Which has better performance and better for overclock with less heat, etc.........

I have the i5 2500k and I use the PC for Gaming.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Thank you very much :) 


And what about Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H vs Asrock z77 Extreme 4

I am also waiting for the Answer Tech Gurus please reply
May 22, 2012 5:27:04 AM

I purchased the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H for $89.9, and i5-3570 Intel CPU for 189.99 combo at at Microcenter.

This is not the Gigabyte board that I wanted, however, it has good overclocking reviews, although the motherboard has 6+2+1 phases. 8 phase for the CPU used to be the target minimum for overclocking 4 core CPUs and longevity, however, for moderate overclocking [4.2 GHz to 4.5 GHz] the i5-3570 will require less voltage than previous CPUs, so, 6 phase should be ok for long term use.

Make sure you are using a high quality PSU, such as the Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M [$110 at Microcenter, the non-modular version is $20 less]. The more expensive one has flat cables that will help with airflow in the proper case.

Note, the TX650M is a partial modular, some cables are not modular, however, there are enough modular connections to make a big difference in most cases.

I have been building and overclocking systems for many years and through those years I have used different motherboards. Every motherboard is not perfect. Currently for longevity this Gigabyte board will be very good. It is not the fastest board [though you will not be able to tell the difference with your eyes, only benchmarks will show it to be a little slower than the fastest], but it will last longer.

Note that lasting longer can mean how crazy you get with overclocking, how careful you are when building the computer [ESD], and the use of quality components.

Note that G.Skill RAM does very well with Intel chipset Gigabyte motherboards. I purchased G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB [2x4GB] DDR3 1866 [PC3 1490] which is CL8. CL7 is available, but not worth the extra price.

You can get by with good DDR3 1600 if the latency is low.

I do not have this put together yet, still waiting on some parts from Newegg. Also, I have some major things to take care of in the next several days. So, I cannot tell you what my personal findings and overclock will be, however, I expect at least 4.2 to 4.4 GHz with low voltage, and that is enough for me.

Note that I did not mention USB, SATA 3, PCIe 3, or other features, as you can look those up at Gigabyte's web site or Newegg.com

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