Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 Motherboard Review Comment Thread
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October 7, 2011, 11:29 AM
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More phases dont allow you to run a chip at lower voltages than less phases. More phases give a lower VRM temperature and provide better efficiency. For someone running a 24/7 oc they wouldnt see much of a difference between say a ud4 and ud5 but dropping down to a ud3 you will be working the vrm quite a bit harder. I think the main benefit of more phases is when you are doing benching runs where you are using 1.6v and more. If you run a long bench that loads the system like 3dmark and such the extra phases help a lot to balance out the power and reduce strain on the VRM.
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So really there is like Zero difference in overclocking potential with more phases? Like in theory it means higher voltages will be more stable? But it never seems to translate into letting you run the chips at lesser voltages.
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