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Old 12-20-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default Buying a high end vs entry level same chipset board

Consider a Z77 entry level board vs a top end Z77 board...does it have any difference in terms of performance if the additional features and OC don't matter? I'm thinking NO but just wanted a confirmation.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:22 AM   #2
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None at all. A 50$ board performs identically to a 300$ board in performance. (Assume stock.)

Even at OC, a 300$ board wont be much better than a 100$ board. Rest is features and bling bling.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:32 AM   #3
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So i guess those larger heat sinks on the north bridge and mosfet dont really do anything?
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:37 AM   #4
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So i guess those larger heat sinks on the north bridge and mosfet dont really do anything?
Not at stock speed. And there aint any northbridge, only a PCH chip. And for that its 100% useless.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:07 AM   #5
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It kinda angers me how fragmented the mobo makers have gotten over the years.
Just looking at any socket from the big 3 and you're bound to find 10+ different versions from each.

That being said I usually get a midrange board, something good enough to have an ethusiast oriented bios, but without all the nonsense extra percs.

Hell ECS even makes a gold plated motherboard now ...
Just like all the non-sense mice/keyboards on the market these days .... How many buttons/features does a mouse really need ?
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:11 AM   #6
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It might be worse after Haswell when the VRM goes ondie. Then mobomakers will be even more desperate in a way to diversify their products.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:28 AM   #7
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Even at OC, a 300$ board wont be much better than a 100$ board. Rest is features and bling bling.
I'd argue that there can be a difference. The Asrock Z77 Pro4 was an utter piece of *!*&@ when trying to OC a Sandy (VRM kept thermal throttling), while the Extreme4 was alright.
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That being said I usually get a midrange board, something good enough to have an ethusiast oriented bios, but without all the nonsense extra percs.
Same here...
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:48 AM   #9
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Find the cheapest motherboards with the Z77 chipset, look at all the ones within a $10-20 range of each other. Find the one with the best review, best features you want, and go with it. Don't pay more for things you don't need... like that diamond-plate they have on those sabertooths.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:15 AM   #10
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I'd argue that there can be a difference. The Asrock Z77 Pro4 was an utter piece of *!*&@ when trying to OC a Sandy (VRM kept thermal throttling), while the Extreme4 was alright.
That's true. For overclocking beyond mild to moderate, 8 phases makes a lot of difference compared to 4 phases, and that's not comparing a $50 board to $300, but $100 to $130.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:09 PM   #11
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If it was me I wouldn't shop for a MB entirely by price....You get what you pay for.

You don't need to get the most expensive but many decent MB's can be had for around $130 or even less.
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