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Old May 16, 2012, 03:06 PM
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Question Advice on Z77 board for overclocking

So on an impulse I picked up a 3770k on the weekend, and have been using it in the P67 board I already have an asus M4E, using the newest bios.

On water cooling I seem to be hitting a bit of a wall around 5.3GHz, and plan on putting the chip under a ss phase unit in the next few days.

A couple questions:

-would a Z77 board provide better overclock-ability than my m4e?

-I've narrowed the board choice down to two that are available locally to me fairly easily, the asus maximus v gene for $190 or the gigabyte z77x-ud5h at $182.

Thoughts?
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Old May 16, 2012, 03:40 PM
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1. Probably not. I'd tend to think the overclock would be driven more by how good your power circuitry is on the mobo. The main difference between Z68 and Z77 is the native USB3, as far as I can see.
2. The Maximus would be my choice out of the two.

I think I'd stick with my Z68 rather than spend $200 on a minimal impact upgrade.
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Old May 16, 2012, 03:59 PM
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1. Probably not. I'd tend to think the overclock would be driven more by how good your power circuitry is on the mobo. The main difference between Z68 and Z77 is the native USB3, as far as I can see.
2. The Maximus would be my choice out of the two.

I think I'd stick with my Z68 rather than spend $200 on a minimal impact upgrade.
It's the P67 version I'm using so there are some other small differences, but good points.

I've had a hard time finding any info on overclocking ivy bridge cpu's on P67 vs Z77... though after posting the same question on OCN I understand the max multi is lower than on Z77 boards; though not enough to make a difference unless you're using ln2
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Old May 16, 2012, 04:28 PM
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If you just have to, and I know how that feels, then yeh the Maximus V Gene is what I would chose as well.
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Old May 16, 2012, 05:05 PM
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1. Probably not. I'd tend to think the overclock would be driven more by how good your power circuitry is on the mobo. The main difference between Z68 and Z77 is the native USB3, as far as I can see.
2. The Maximus would be my choice out of the two.

I think I'd stick with my Z68 rather than spend $200 on a minimal impact upgrade.
agreed. unless you're doing some really big number crunching or rendering, whatever, you're not going to notice the difference by going a few ghz higher.
Use the spare money for a 1tb raptor backup drive.

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