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GA-990XA-UD3 or 970 Extreme4

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by Igorius, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Igorius

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    The Gigabyte board has better power componentry. That's enough for me to choose the Gigabyte board.
     
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    neither look very accomodating for overclocking.
    just saying
     
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    Go with the Gigabyte board. The only board I would be leery on with overclocking is that asrock one. It's a 4+1 phase board. The gigabyte is 8+2 so it can handle more current than the other.
     
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    As others have said, the Gigabyte motherboard will probably be more reliable/sustain a mild overclock compared to the ASRock one due to the more robust power circuitry.

    A little off topic, but I have an ASRock A770DE+ (4+1 phase VRM) and an original Phenom 9750 (with a 400MHz OC to 2.8GHz), and the board's VRM circuit will squeal under load at that OC. My Crosshair III Formula (8+2 phase VRM) comfortably runs a Phenom II 955 BE @ 3.9GHz with barely any voltage dip and no noise from the circuitry. Then again, I'm comparing a $55 board to a $200 one, but the quality of the voltage regulation circuit for the CPU plays a major role in the lifespan of a board, especially when overclocking.
     
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    my old destroyer mobo is a 4+1 heatsinked,BUT the vrm quality must be good as i've caned this board hard for years and only once did it throw the toys out the pram :laugh:

    the heatsinks on both those boards looks ok but not encouraging if you know what i mean.
     
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    Will I be able to unlock the CPU on this Gigabyte?

    I've got Phenom II x4 B20 ;)
     
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    Should be able to on either. Also i would opt for the gigabyte as well. The chipset is better and the vrm phases are better. That alone worth the premium(if any).
     
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    Thanks. I'll buy the MBO from Gigabyte.
     
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    Since p45 sereis i never switch, only gigabyte's motherboards, i like extreme overcklocking so i find what look for.
    Go for gigabyte
     
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