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Old June 10, 2010, 09:25 PM
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I am under the same impression. I've played around with all sorts of mobos from the $75 range to $300 range. Indeed, I've been able to achieve very similar if not identical overclocking results.

Of course the more expensive boards are indeed made with better components but that doesn't mean that cheaper components won't get the same job done. Other times, the extra cost of motherboards is due to additional PCI-E x16 slots (think X58-based and 890-based boards).

I've done some of my best AMD OCing results on cheap $80-100 Gigabyte mobos such as:

MA78GM-US2H
MA785GM-US2H
MA785GMT-UD2H

I've taken Phenom II X4 CPUs to their limits. Most recently, I've started to OC a Phenom II X6 1055T with the old MA78GM-US2H mobo. Works perfectly.

Even for my main rig, I use a mid-range $160 Gigabyte P55A-UD4P mobo. I've been able to achieve the same kind results with my Intel 860 CPU as review sites. Same voltage, frequency, you name it.

Verdict? I absolutely refuse to pay more than $200 for a mobo. I don't care if it's Intel or AMD. It's not that I want to cheap out (I buy quality RAM, PSUs, hard drives, etc) but particularly for the mobo, I fail to see additional value in the $200+ motherboards.
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