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    Default Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    Hey guys, I have finally decided to kick my X58A-OC and i7 960 in order to jump on 1155

    26K is already in order.

    My budget for the new 1155 board is around 350€.

    My basic needs:
    1.)Overlocking efficiency (VRMs, inductor quality, durability, BIOS etc etc )
    2.)2x 16X PCI + power support inductor, in order to take stress off 24Pin
    3.)4xSATA (ICHR10 for my SSDs)
    4.)3xUSB
    5.)Onboard Ethernet
    6.)Compatibility for my Kingston Hyper X DDR 3 RAM (Although I heard 1155 with DDR3 causes problems?)

    Hope youc an help me out finding the best 1155 boards out there, both for overclocking and overall efficiency

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    You may not find one with two X16 PCI-E slots. (that's what you were refering to in number 2?)
    They all have one x16 slot, but this platform usually defaults to two @ X8 when you add the second card.
    Todays cards cannot fully utilize the bandwidth that dual X8 slots provide anyways.

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    Aha I wasnīt aware of that.
    1x 16X Lanes is alright too.

    I only run a single GTX 580 Lightning 1GHZ with the Black Freezer Wateblock from Bitspower so that wonīt matter.
    Still I read that 8x Lanes on PCI 3.0 almost equal the performance of 16X lanes on PCI 2.0 anyways?

    Alright considering the PCI Slot factor, what boards in regard to maximum OC and general performance can you recommend?

    After gathering some information I hopefully am correctly concluding that for such purpose one should concern P67 boards, either from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI etc?

    Recommendations please

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    I like the High end ASRock and ASUS Z68 boards. Just my personal pref though.
    They overclock well and work with just about any memory you want to use.
    The EUFI BIOS that they both use is intuative and full featured.
    All of the ones that I have worked with were Z68 boards and were premium products too.
    My links above show a few choices in those two brands.

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    I think Neil is right , I have 2 , Z68 systems and both are Asrock high end and they both work great.

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    Thanks for the suggestions neil

    So I understand that P67 is sort of the predecessor of Z68?

    I am really having a hard time distinguishing this massive amount of different boards, especially after having been a X58 slagger for so long^^

    Most people, including you, say to either take ASUS or Asrock for 1155.

    In order for me to get a sort of perimeter around this, I would like to know the absolute top kicker of either ASUS and Asrock first and then crossreference to lower ranged models and compare their functionalities.

    Should I use the most expensive ones of both, from your link neil?

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    The Asrock Extreme 7 for the higher end or the Asrock Extreme 4 gen 3 is a good board. I am using the Asrock Z68 extreme 4 and board works great! Price is good for the board. For Asus the p8z68 pro gen 3 which is about the same level and price as the asrock extreme 4, and the Asus p8z68 deluxe the high end of the asus z68 seires, but both are good boards. Those were the boards I was looking at when building my z68 set-up.

    I also have my chip OC to 4.2ghz 24/7 on my Asrock extreme 4 without any issues and only using the H60 cooling and i don't see temps over 55c at full load with prime testing for 8 hrs. idle temps are about 29c to 34c dependent on my ambients. I am sure with a better cooler you can go beyond that 24/7 without issues. I know allot of ppl have the chips at 4.8 tp 5.0. I am using the Core i5 2500k btw.

    But if you are not in a hurry the z77 series boards will be out soon. Why not wait for those???

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    ASROCK if I had to choose between the two of them. The reason why I linked to some of the nicer boards was because of your budget, that and I thought that something with more capabilities would please you.
    But by all means you should look around and read about them. Choose what is right for you.
    I was just trying to give a little guidence and point the way to something I know will work.

    As to P67 and Z68,..... the Z68 is newer, and it has more capabilities, such as Intel Rapid Storage Technology.
    Nothing wrong with P67 at all.
    Z68 is just a little better.

    My board is a lower end ASRock Z68 Pro-3M and I have the 2600K clocked to 4.4GHz. 24/7 with no issues at all.

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    Like Neil said.. the P67 is older. I actually had a harder time OC my chip with my Sapphire p67 then my z68. both running the same chips.
    z68 OC in minutes while I had to play around with p67 before I was able to get it down right. More features on the z68 is better bang for your buck right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    The Asrock Extreme 7 for the higher end or the Asrock Extreme 4 gen 3 is a good board. I am using the Asrock Z68 extreme 4 and board works great! Price is good for the board. For Asus the p8z68 pro gen 3 which is about the same level and price as the asrock extreme 4, and the Asus p8z68 deluxe the high end of the asus z68 seires, but both are good boards. Those were the boards I was looking at when building my z68 set-up.

    I also have my chip OC to 4.2ghz 24/7 on my Asrock extreme 4 without any issues and only using the H60 cooling and i don't see temps over 55c at full load with prime testing for 8 hrs. idle temps are about 29c to 34c dependent on my ambients. I am sure with a better cooler you can go beyond that 24/7 without issues. I know allot of ppl have the chips at 4.8 tp 5.0. I am using the Core i5 2500k btw.

    But if you are not in a hurry the z77 series boards will be out soon. Why not wait for those???
    Aha so 1155 mainboard models increase in number in regard to recency and functionality?

    P67 were the first ones.
    Then Z68 and now z77?

    Yes, actually I am not in a hurry so I wouldnīt have a problem waiting for new releases.
    What will be particularily better or improved on those new z77 boards?

    And why didnīt you mention the Extreme IV - Z from Asus as absolute highest end in regard to 1155 boards for ASUS?
    Neil added that in the newegg link, I watched a review and I like it.

    I am starting my White Little Devil build, got all parts, but just in a split second decided that I didnīt wanna do it on X58
    So I will gather some info on those z77 boards and see if they will provide any major improvements.
    2600K just seems like the most rational decision right now
    Good price/value/performance, overclockability and of course the lower TDP=>better temps, etc etc and since I will skip Ivy anyway because I think it is more marketing than technical innovation, it should be fine

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    2600K is chip dependent. There really is no board better for overclocking. 2600K's hit 4.8 to 5GHz depending if you get a binned chip. Every board i reviewed got the same overclock on my 2600K.... My favorite board of all the Z68 boards was rhe Asrock Z68 Extreme 7 BTW. Here is the review:

    ASRock Z68 Extreme 7



    Sandybridge you cannot overclock with the BCLCK just the multi..... The board listed is Gen. 3 which will support Ivybridge. The Z77 boards are Ivybridge and there is no cutting edge differences between Z68 and Z77. Get the Z68 they are priced right. I have a Z77 board and it does not overclock any better than Z68...

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    Default Re: Best Mainboard for 2600K OC?

    Here is the rundown of Asus Z68 boards.

    I have the P8Z68 Deluxe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    2600K is chip dependent. There really is no board better for overclocking. 2600K's hit 4.8 to 5GHz depending if you get a binned chip. Every board i reviewed got the same overclock on my 2600K.... My favorite board of all the Z68 boards was rhe Asrock Z68 Extreme 7 BTW. Here is the review:

    ASRock Z68 Extreme 7



    Sandybridge you cannot overclock with the BCLCK just the multi..... The board listed is Gen. 3 which will support Ivybridge. The Z77 boards are Ivybridge and there is no cutting edge differences between Z68 and Z77. Get the Z68 they are priced right. I have a Z77 board and it does not overclock any better than Z68...
    How well and far a CPU will overclock is still decided by the silicon lottery
    One thing I am a little worried about is overclocking.
    I have spent years perfecting my X58 OCs to such an extent, where I could literally "feel" when a clock was going to be unstable lol
    I am so edged in overclocking locked CPUīs on X58 with BCLK trimming and the extreme micro voltage tweaking, that I am almost afraid of overclocking on Sandy

    I have checked out the Z68 boards and there are indeed a couple that I really like.
    Ivy support is irrelevant to me though, because I wonīt hop on this gen.

    I still am to find out properly what the exact advantages of those new z77 boards are.
    From what I have seen so far, most of them support 2x 16X SLI for example and of course Ivybridge.

    Strictly from an overclocking point of view, I am aware that it will mostly be decided by the CPU, but good power inductions capability in terms of VRMs, inductors, over all build quality etc do have an impact on OC performance and stability as well.

    So yeah basically I have narrowed it down to either ASUS or Asrock in regard to z68.
    And I am still figuring out what the exact advantages of z77 over z68 are, but it really seems like there arenīt too many

    I personally very very much like the ASUS Extreme IV - Z Neil pointed out earlier, but it seems that since there are just so many freaking features and functionalities, actual OC stability and the OC factor in general could suffer a bit?
    (Even though reviewers donīt hink so).


    With 350€ budget I will definitely take the highest end of z68 possible for the money, I just donīt for sure yet which one in particular.

    But thanks very much for the support so far guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kung Pow View Post
    How well and far a CPU will overclock is still decided by the silicon lottery
    One thing I am a little worried about is overclocking.
    I have spent years perfecting my X58 OCs to such an extent, where I could literally "feel" when a clock was going to be unstable lol
    I am so edged in overclocking locked CPUīs on X58 with BCLK trimming and the extreme micro voltage tweaking, that I am almost afraid of overclocking on Sandy

    I have checked out the Z68 boards and there are indeed a couple that I really like.
    Ivy support is irrelevant to me though, because I wonīt hop on this gen.

    I still am to find out properly what the exact advantages of those new z77 boards are.
    From what I have seen so far, most of them support 2x 16X SLI for example and of course Ivybridge.

    Strictly from an overclocking point of view, I am aware that it will mostly be decided by the CPU, but good power inductions capability in terms of VRMs, inductors, over all build quality etc do have an impact on OC performance and stability as well.

    So yeah basically I have narrowed it down to either ASUS or Asrock in regard to z68.
    And I am still figuring out what the exact advantages of z77 over z68 are, but it really seems like there arenīt too many

    I personally very very much like the ASUS Extreme IV - Z Neil pointed out earlier, but it seems that since there are just so many freaking features and functionalities, actual OC stability and the OC factor in general could suffer a bit?
    (Even though reviewers donīt hink so).


    With 350€ budget I will definitely take the highest end of z68 possible for the money, I just donīt for sure yet which one in particular.

    But thanks very much for the support so far guys!

    ASUS and ASRock are joined at the hip. ASUS is the parent company of ASRock.
    Both provide top of the line performing products, and both usually cleave to the same standards and features on any given platform.
    ASRock mainboard's usually cost a little less for the same feature set. Both are great choices for you.
    As I said before, they both have that awesome UEFI BIOS interface and NO, more features absolutely do not translate into lower or unstable overclocks.
    It just goes to quality that is built into the boards at the factories.

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    The ASRock Fatal1ty Pro Gen3 is also a great board, I was able to hit 5GHz with a 2700K within minutes, also remeber that these boards can be used with the new Ivy Bridge chips and have PCI-e 3.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kung Pow View Post
    How well and far a CPU will overclock is still decided by the silicon lottery
    One thing I am a little worried about is overclocking.
    I have spent years perfecting my X58 OCs to such an extent, where I could literally "feel" when a clock was going to be unstable lol
    I am so edged in overclocking locked CPUīs on X58 with BCLK trimming and the extreme micro voltage tweaking, that I am almost afraid of overclocking on Sandy

    I have checked out the Z68 boards and there are indeed a couple that I really like.
    Ivy support is irrelevant to me though, because I wonīt hop on this gen.

    I still am to find out properly what the exact advantages of those new z77 boards are.
    From what I have seen so far, most of them support 2x 16X SLI for example and of course Ivybridge.

    Strictly from an overclocking point of view, I am aware that it will mostly be decided by the CPU, but good power inductions capability in terms of VRMs, inductors, over all build quality etc do have an impact on OC performance and stability as well.

    So yeah basically I have narrowed it down to either ASUS or Asrock in regard to z68.
    And I am still figuring out what the exact advantages of z77 over z68 are, but it really seems like there arenīt too many

    I personally very very much like the ASUS Extreme IV - Z Neil pointed out earlier, but it seems that since there are just so many freaking features and functionalities, actual OC stability and the OC factor in general could suffer a bit?
    (Even though reviewers donīt hink so).


    With 350€ budget I will definitely take the highest end of z68 possible for the money, I just donīt for sure yet which one in particular.

    But thanks very much for the support so far guys!
    The first Z77 boards are coming in. I have the MSI Z77 on the test bench as we speak. There is no advantage of the Z77 as the Asrock Z69 Gen. 3 supports PCI 3.0 but both do not on Sandybridge just Ivybridge. There is 0 benefits to Z77 so your correct, stay with Z68

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