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Old June 11, 2010, 08:19 PM
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^^^ You guys are forgetting about the most important aspect of a high end Board, that being BIOS features and BIOS support......
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Old June 11, 2010, 08:52 PM
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yup, we totally forgot about that.

now, being an old school overclocker, usually i dont go much into the minute adjustements, 50mhz more i could care less :D
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Old June 11, 2010, 09:30 PM
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pci-e lanes,bios and vrm cooling are the biggest i can think of of the top of my head
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Old June 11, 2010, 11:17 PM
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The difference in overclocking between a wide range of price brackets on air and water is pretty small. You're way more likely to hit a CPU or thermal wall before you push the board to its limits. It's not until you get into LN2, etc. that the really expensive boards push for the extra MHz.
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Old June 11, 2010, 11:22 PM
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Pfffffft, overclocking is more voltage related then bios features. Only EXTREME overclocking will truly take advantage of those "advance" features.

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Old June 11, 2010, 11:33 PM
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Pfffffft, overclocking is more voltage related then bios features. Only EXTREME overclocking will truly take advantage of those "advance" features.

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Well said. A bad BIOS will hold you back, yes, but nowadays, a lot of budget motherboards have excellent BIOS support and features as well. Which makes it another reason why I don't see the need in purchasing a $300 motherboard.
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Old June 12, 2010, 12:31 AM
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i'd pay 100$ more just to have a good bios
try gettin bios updates with ecs ,biostar n such
i wouldnt care less what a board looks like as long as it can overclock to the limit
you get what you pay for;)
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I have yet to run into a board that will run X16-X16-X8 pcie for sli, tri sli or sli with a physx card for $100.
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Old June 12, 2010, 09:29 AM
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I agree with just about everything said so far. More features, better components. I've read somewhere that em interference, even from components in the system are minimized with better quality components. My thinking is that manufacturing has eliminated a lot of this. Filtering noise is better with quality components,...Perhaps heat dissipation is better?
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Old June 12, 2010, 09:58 AM
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when i look at high end mother boards i see WAY better heat sinks on the components.. and i have some low end mother boards.. the capacitors are alot different.. they are bulkier and not as well.. resistant to exploding.. the 300 dollar boards have wicked nice heatsinks and look better built.. i have wimpy heatsinks on my chip set so im set back when over clocking..
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