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Differences between ASRock Z77 Pro4 & ASRock Z77 Extreme4 mobos?

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July 18, 2012 6:40:14 AM

So pretty soon I'll be getting my custom gaming PC & I'm going with the ASRock Z77 Pro4 mobo. I don't need 2 PCI-Ex 3.0 slots as i don't go with dual gfx cards.

Some Questions:-

1.) What are the differences between ASRock Z77 Pro4 & the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 mobo?

2.) Also can someone tell me what are the advantages of having 8+4 power design like it has on the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 mobo?

3.) Why do people say ASRock boards suck & ASUS mobos are the best? Is my particular asrock z77 pro4 a bad mobo?

I am planning on OC'ing both CPU & GPU & here's my build-
MOBO- asrock z77 pro4
CPU- core i5 2500k
GPU- msi gtx 670 oc (reference heatsink fan design card)
PSU- seasonic s12ii 620W
RAM- ripjaws X Series 8gb ddr3 1600
COOLER- cm hyper 212 evo
FANS- 3 x cm 120mm Red LED Case Fan @ 2000 rpm

PLZ ANSWER ALL OF THE THREE QUESTIONS!!!

Thank you :) 
July 18, 2012 7:13:34 AM

I have the e4. I really like it.


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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 18, 2012 8:15:25 AM

1. Power phases - 8+4 vs 4+2.

2. Power phases are for better overclocking and better stability of your system.

3. Well, most people don't say that. I use the ASUS, but ASRock is just fine. I recommend them a lot, especially in bellow $150 mark, as they offer the same quality and have some more features.
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July 18, 2012 8:28:52 AM

nikorr said:
1. Power phases - 8+4 vs 4+2.

2. Power phases are for better overclocking and better stability of your system.

3. Well, most people don't say that. I use the ASUS, but ASRock is just fine. I recommend them a lot, especially in bellow $150 mark, as they offer the same quality and have some more features.

Thanks for the answers :) 

I'm going with the ASRock Z77 Pro4 instead of Extreme4!!

What will I be missing out apart from the extra pci-ex 3.0 slot & few extra SATA 3 ports which i won't need? Is this board good for OC'ing? In general is this board a good one?
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July 25, 2012 4:04:37 AM

Best answer selected by WILDLEGHORN.
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July 25, 2012 4:14:42 AM

nikorr said:
1. Power phases - 8+4 vs 4+2.

2. Power phases are for better overclocking and better stability of your system.

3. Well, most people don't say that. I use the ASUS, but ASRock is just fine. I recommend them a lot, especially in bellow $150 mark, as they offer the same quality and have some more features.


So which mobo should I get if I'm never planning on doing SLI/CF ever
& will only OC my i5 2500k to a max of 4.6 Ghz on air cooling with cm hyper 212 evo??

I don't wanna spend extra on a mobo as I'm extremely tight on my budget :p 
So which one should I get- pro4 or extreme4?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:26:34 AM

Yes, it might be fine.

Extreme4 performs fine, I build 3 PC's and they do fine. That is my experience.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:27:04 AM

Make sure u get also great thermal paste! It will knock off few more degrees.
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July 25, 2012 4:28:27 AM

nikorr said:
Yes, it might be fine.

Extreme4 performs fine, I build 3 PC's and they do fine. That is my experience.


And pro4??

i really don't wanna spend extra on extreme 4 if pro 4 will do the job fine for me
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:35:09 AM

It will OC fine too. 4.6GHz will be fine.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:36:01 AM

Budget is budget : )

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July 25, 2012 4:36:30 AM

nikorr said:
It will OC fine too. 4.6GHz will be fine.

Thank you...that settles it :D 
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:37:20 AM

:D 
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:40:03 AM

Use the Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This 3.5-gram tube contains enough compound to cover at least 15 to 25 small CPU cores, or 6 to 10 large CPU cores, or 2 to 5 heat plates.

99.9% PURE SILVER
The Arctic Silver 5 uses three unique shapes and sizes of pure silver particles to maximize particle-to-particle contact area and thermal transfer.

HIGH DENSITY
The Arctic Silver 5 contains over 88% thermally conductive filler by weight. The thermally-enhanced ceramic particles including micronized silver, sub-micron zinc oxide, aluminum oxide and boron nitride particles improve the compound's performance and long-term stability.
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July 25, 2012 4:42:49 AM

ok i will... :D 

Artic silver 5 is the best thermal paste for cooling i5 2500k type of CPUs?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:46:27 AM

One of the best. Probably the best for the price.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:47:27 AM

Whats your case?
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July 25, 2012 4:50:58 AM

Case= Nzxt Lexa S
Gpu = Zotac GTX 670 Amp!
Cpu = core i5 2500k
Psu= Seasonic S12ii 620Watts
Ram= 2 X 4gb ddr3 Ripjaws X series 1600
Mobo = leaning more on extreme 4 (still depending on overall budget)
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:55:06 AM

WILDLEGHORN said:
Case= Nzxt Lexa S
Gpu = Zotac GTX 670 Amp!
Cpu = core i5 2500k
Psu= Seasonic S12ii 620Watts
Ram= 2 X 4gb ddr3 Ripjaws X series 1600
Mobo = leaning more on extreme 4 (still depending on overall budget)

I have that PSU too : )

I just checked your other post in the CPU's and can see what case u have.

I think that would help the speed here, is the SSD.

Its worth the money. It just beats down the HDD in anything, but price and capacity.

But for the system and apps, is the best!!!
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July 25, 2012 5:04:19 AM

nikorr said:
I have that PSU too : )

I just checked your other post in the CPU's and can see what case u have.

I think that would help the speed here, is the SSD.

Its worth the money. It just beats down the HDD in anything, but price and capacity.

But for the system and apps, is the best!!!


Yah i know :( 

I'm planning on getting one for the OS later this year towards the end but right now I'm short on money for a SSD


Hey I have 1 last question to bother you with-

Right now i have the Hyper TX3 aftermarket cooler & I was thinking of putting this on the 2500k instead of buying a brand new hyper 212 evo & spending another 30 bucks on it UNLESS i really have to...

So is there any huge difference in cooling between the hyper TX3 & hyper 212 evo??
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July 25, 2012 5:28:21 AM

nikorr said:
I have that PSU too : )

I just checked your other post in the CPU's and can see what case u have.

I think that would help the speed here, is the SSD.

Its worth the money. It just beats down the HDD in anything, but price and capacity.

But for the system and apps, is the best!!!



hi did u get my above post?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 5:38:23 AM

OK, u can try it. It could work.

If it is stable after the Prime95, done.

Question is what temps it will get in what overclock.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 5:38:59 AM

What is your ambient room temp?
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July 25, 2012 5:42:10 AM

I just wanted to know how much difference is there between the CM hyper TX3 & the Hyper 212 Evo performance wise as aftermarket coolers because they look pretty much the same in architecture & design.

Ambient would be about 35C to 38C on a regular day & further higher at summer times
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 5:43:25 AM

In the room?
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July 25, 2012 5:45:21 AM

yah it's pretty darn high...probably because it's a 3 storied building
right now it's 31C
that's why i only game during night time when it's a lot low
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 5:46:20 AM

U need a better cooling. Or run it maybe at 4.0GHz or so.
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July 25, 2012 5:48:04 AM

ok then i'll keep it at 4.0 Ghz
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 5:49:22 AM

But when u get it, PM me. Maybe it will run @ 4.2GHz.

Only trying it will tell.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 6:47:44 AM

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