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May 25, 2012 3:39:37 PM

MSI Z77A-GD55
http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-z77a-gd55-s1155-intel-...
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Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155...
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As far as I can tell the ASrock has more power phases (8+4 compared to MSI's 9) and 2 extra SATAiii connectors.
However the ASrock is not full ATX width, would that cause problems when plugging in components on the far right due to the lack of support on that side?

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a c 435 V Motherboard
May 25, 2012 4:57:58 PM

No. Check the position of the pci-e slot; some are too close to the ram slots for wide cards, so you may want to get low profile ram just in case.
May 25, 2012 5:32:29 PM

the PCI slot is fine so will the extra power phases help or is it quality not quantity that counts? I'll be overclocking to 4.5Ghz to 5.0Ghz with water cooling on an i5 3570k.
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May 25, 2012 6:26:20 PM

also is there anywhere that would give the price over time because if it's going to drop £5 in the next month then I'll wait.
a c 435 V Motherboard
May 25, 2012 6:27:33 PM

Rebates are hard to predict; many folks won't bother with them. Don't expect a price drop, just a possible rebate from large venders like newegg.
May 25, 2012 7:14:28 PM

Actually the narrower boards give you more space to maneuver on the right side but yeah when you plug in the 24-pin power cable it'll bend a little bit because there's no spacer support right below, just hold it upright by putting your finger under the board for support to prevent excessive bending.
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