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Can`t decide between few MBO-s

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October 24, 2012 10:26:45 PM

I need a board for Intel i5 3570K, and can`t decide between 4 boards.

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme3/

www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Fatal1ty Z77 Performance (no certified Win8 drivers yet, only beta)

Help please.

Would like to overclock on air cooling.

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October 24, 2012 11:17:41 PM

I will vouch for Asus motherboards because of the quality and overall craftsmanship of the board. My Asus board is the P8-z77-v LK Version and i love it. both the Asus motherboards you linked are almost exactly the same give or take a feature or two.

All i have is good reviews for Asus when it comes to these boards. Not only does it look nice in my case but its features are awesome too. The color scheme also is a nice added bonus and went well with my ram and GPU.
Asrock makes nice boards too and the bang for your buck is pretty good with them. However i would still recommend the Asus boards.

The bios is the best iv ever used. with full mouse and keyboard control its like running an OS, includes a basic and advanced mode for your skillset. This was very useful and also a nice addition. Also supports Windows 8.
Overclocking is no problem with these motherboards and i recommend doing so. Just remember to pick up a nice CPU cooler to keep the temps down.

Hope this helped!
October 24, 2012 11:46:45 PM

Thanks. Asus was my 1st choice too.

I was just wondering. When I`m looking that VRM phases.

This ASUS boards have 6 phase VRM for CPU, and ASRock boards have 8 phase VRM for CPU. I was looking at this list: http://sinhardware.com/images/vrm.jpg

And I see that AsRock uses something that is called "DOUBLER" and that doubles the VRM phases, so in fact this ASRock boards have 4 VRM phases but doubled.

Can someone explain to me is it better for OC to have 4 doubled (8) phases like AsRock, or 6 clean phases like ASUS??
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October 25, 2012 1:14:23 AM

Honestly, i don`t have enough knowledge to comment on that... But my LK version overclocks like a beast.
Maybe someone else could comment on this?
October 25, 2012 8:48:28 AM

How much Ghz did you get with that board?
October 25, 2012 2:23:52 PM

People have no problem OC'ing to ~4.5-4.6 Its not a top of the line board its more a mid-grade so obviously the better boards could go further.
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