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Dazzani
  • 74 months ago

I'm having trouble deciding which way to go. I know Asus is reliable and the go-to for ages, however some of the bells and whistles that come from gigabyte and asarock are entertaining... I plan on light overclocking, which they all can do quite easily. Any perks with going with something beside asus? I've been looking at these lately:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87pro (though the armored is quite smexy: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-sabertoothz87 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87xoc http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extreme6 Or finally http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87mpower

Any pros/cons between them performance wise? I'll probably SLI someday with Star-citizen on the horizon...

My build so far if it helps: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3kTbf

Thanks for your help

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Of all those, that mpower will be the highest end. The mpower series is geared towards heavy over clickers and powerful builds. It's basically the only real opponent to the Asus maximus series.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

That sabertooth would be my second choice though... That's a sexy little beast with some very high quality and ability.

Actual performance wise, I say the mpower over the sabertooth because the mpower and the Asus maximus boards are the 2 oc record holders and benchmark better with and without oc than any other boards from a few reviews I saw that tested tons of factors like pcie performance, cpu performance, memory performance, etc. The Msi gd65 was also very close to those boards though... Less features but worth a look if you want to save a little cash and still have awesome performance with or without an over clock

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I am kinda leaning towards the MSI now (specially since there are not many builds using it here). How easy is the bios for oc?
Also could I settle for http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14 or should I go for the liquid?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

It's so easy you don't even need the bios. Hit the oc genie button on the motherboard and your good to go for a simple overclock. But the features are there for extreme tweaking if you want to use them and have a good idea how to do things... There's also a program they give you for setting up a good oc that goes far beyond the one button approach but is not complicated at all... MSI is extremely focused on all levels of oc skills.

As for that cooler... Cat memes say it best... "if it fits, it sits"

If that thing fits, it's one of the best air coolers out. If you overclock, liquid will get you better Temps usually, but that cooler is known to give pretty good over clocks too... Mid 4s like a 4.4 or possibly a 4.6 oc should be possible.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyone else with an opinion?

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