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ASRock Z77 Pro4 vs Extreme4

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July 24, 2012 6:02:32 PM

My setup:

Corsair Carbide Series 500R
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600
Cooler Master Hyper 212
EVGA NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti
PC Power and Cooling MK III Silencer


Which motherboard would be better?
ASRock Z77 Pro4 or the ASRock Z77 Extreme4


The Pro4 is 109.99 and the Extreme4 is 134.99
a c 328 V Motherboard
July 24, 2012 6:21:28 PM

They are almost same, except for the power design difference.

That makes difference when overclocking.

Extreme has 8+4 phases.

Pro has 4+2 phases.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 24, 2012 6:21:47 PM

So, extreme can OC higher and be more stable.
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a c 86 V Motherboard
July 24, 2012 6:32:55 PM

nikorr said:
They are almost same, except for the power design difference.

That makes difference when overclocking.

Extreme has 8+4 phases.

Pro has 4+2 phases.

Sure about that? In the recent Z77 motherboard review, the best overclocker was an ASUS board... with a 4 + 2 power phase design. This beat the Extreme4.

Or are you saying the reviewer just forgot to take power phase design into account?

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/z77-express-ivy-bridge-be...
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 24, 2012 6:47:17 PM

Sakkura said:
Sure about that? In the recent Z77 motherboard review, the best overclocker was an ASUS board... with a 4 + 2 power phase design. This beat the Extreme4.

Or are you saying the reviewer just forgot to take power phase design into account?

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/z77-express-ivy-bridge-be...

I don't know what is your point, but check the voltages on ASRock and on ASUS.

And they didn't OC manually.

That is the whole point of OC, not letting the software to use predefined settings.

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a c 86 V Motherboard
July 24, 2012 7:04:14 PM

nikorr said:
I don't know what is your point, but check the voltages on ASRock and on ASUS.

And they didn't OC manually.

That is the whole point of OC, not letting the software to use predefined settings.

They did OC manually, and they used the same voltages on each board (or as close as possible).

I'm just wondering how 4+2 power phase design can be so bad for overclocking if Tom's Hardware hands the OC crown to a 4+2 board.
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July 24, 2012 8:35:41 PM

So Extreme is better for OC?
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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2012 8:47:47 PM

the other minor difference is 8x/8x during crossfire/sli vs 16x/4x lane speeds and that the pro4 accepts crossfire but not SLI
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July 24, 2012 8:52:31 PM

So, what's the final verdict?
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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2012 8:54:00 PM

go through the extreme4 path if you might SLI and want to have a more smooth overclock. go the pro direction if all you want is a single card and going to overclock only a small amount.
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July 24, 2012 8:54:48 PM

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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:14:16 AM

daiwek said:
So Extreme is better for OC?

Yes.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 4:14:37 AM

This topic has been closed by Nikorr
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