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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

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    I just PM'd Mr.Tweak and suggested that the TweakTown writers perform compatibility 2-way tests when the Ivy Bridge boards and processors are available for testing; IB cpu with Z68 motherboard and SB cpu with IB motherboard tests.
    Time to hurry up and wait
    That Sir is an excellent request.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    I'm not convinced that more power phases gives superior reliability and/or performance any more. If we believe the marketing information (aka possible BS) from some motherboard OEMs, they are using newer/superior VRM chips that are better than the former VRM chips. In a recent thread, a forum member reported that the Chinese Gigabyte web site has announced a recall on some X79 motherboards due to failing VRMs. I've seen a couple of articles on the web that discuss these newer VRM setups.

    Check out some of sin0822's motherboard reviews, I think that he is an electronic guru. You can PM him and ask him to look at this thread.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    I am seriously concerned with gigabytes 16 phase power design compared with Asus. I want/need as much beneficial stability from overclocking that I can get.
    The first step is to use a quality power supply with excellent voltage regulation and very low ripple (aka electrical noise). I've read a few Be Quiet! psu reviews from the top tier psu review sites and I think that the Be Quiet! units were generally quite good.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    The first step is to use a quality power supply with excellent voltage regulation and very low ripple (aka electrical noise). I've read a few Be Quiet! psu reviews from the top tier psu review sites and I think that the Be Quiet! units were generally quite good.
    I agree with a wise power supply selection.
    Though I have not listed my intended build (yet) I have a spare Corsair TX 650 watt which is in the process of RMA.
    It is my intention to include this in the build (budget restraints) I believe a dedicated 12volt rail was the order of day four years ago, and currently have heard not to many bad things about the now aging Corsair TX650watt. (I presume I have the older of the 2 models released as it was bought 4 years ago.)



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    The TX650 is a decent mid-range psu that should be fine for your new system with a single video card. An SLI or CrossfireX dual card setup might be borderline with a highly overclocked cpu and gpu setup. The general guideline is that you should not exceed 80% of the power supply's rated output for an extended period of time, such as when gaming. Your 650 watt psu will be ok when the power supply's output is less than ~520 watts. With an 80+ bronze rated psu, this means that your power consumption from the electrical outlet will be about about 612 watts (520 divided by 85% European 230 volt efficiency).

    Don't worry, be happy ;)
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Side note: Just ran eXtreme Outer Vision - eXtreme tools for computer enthusiasts Comes in under 650watt
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Check out: XFastest.com - Google Translate This information was originally posted in April, 2011.
    As I recall, the z7x motherboards will NOT support legacy pci slots.
    The supported features for each motherboard model will naturally be up to the motherboard manufacturer.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Well,. I haven't got much further with my phase count research regarding CPU stability, not to worry after checking through all features I am reluctantly back at the Asus lineup. Though pointless the Gigabyte Mobo's just look amazing and I am having a hard time makng the right decison which clearly shouldn't include the look over performance. Gigabyte has truly got me here!

    Moving on in my Build decisions I find myself looking at SSD's now.
    I have have been reading through this thread http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...-capacity.html A truly interesting read. I must look into this ramdisk concept!

    Would the Corsair Force3A 60GB SSD Be a smart Choice?

    Please look here for my current build Update of Build:
    I am prefering the gigabyte GTX 570 So GPU

    Note: Asus P8z68 Deluxe (non gen3) B3 (going cheap on ebay) I have posted a new thread in regards to Ivy bridge support for this MOBO
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    Avoid all sataIII ssd's that use asynchronous NAND memory.
    Check out http://forums.tweaktown.com/storage-...rformance.html for links that explain why it's worth paying more for an ssd that uses synchronous NAND.

    As long as you're stealing information from my other posts, check out:
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    Check out the Crucial sataIII drives.
    Their performance numbers aren't that high, but user reviews report many fewer problems than most of the SandForce drives sold by most of the major ssd vendors.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte motherboard decision, best suited for overclocking, Purchase reccomendations please.

    As long as you're stealing information from my other posts, check out:
    SLI/Crossfire Are they worth the extra cost?
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    All ready read

    Can you recommend a suitable ssd for the OS please. (I'm under some ebay pressure)
    Could not find the Asynchronous vs. Synchronous specification..
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