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mnewsham

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Don't want micro ATX and I'm not sure about overclocking on that board.
Overclocking..? Unless you are looking to post 4.8Ghz or above then pretty much ANY 1155 motherboard will do just fine, SB hit's 4.5Ghz so easily it isnt even funny. 4.6-4.7 with cooling and luck. It is a fully featured m-ATX, only downside is it wont fit in a case that has no m-ATX standoffs (unlikely)
 

IndyColtsFan

Lifer
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Overclocking..? Unless you are looking to post 4.8Ghz or above then pretty much ANY 1155 motherboard will do just fine, SB hit's 4.5Ghz so easily it isnt even funny. 4.6-4.7 with cooling and luck. It is a fully featured m-ATX, only downside is it wont fit in a case that has no m-ATX standoffs (unlikely)
Space is no problem in my case, so I'd prefer full ATX.
 

alfa147x

Lifer
Jul 14, 2005
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That's just it...why pay more for ATX when all it does is take up more space.... you dont GAIN anything out of it.
Yes you do

Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (x16, x8, x4)
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
2


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Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (x16, x8, x4)
PCI Express x1
 

IndyColtsFan

Lifer
Sep 22, 2007
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Yes you do

Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (x16, x8, x4)
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
2


vs


Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (x16, x8, x4)
PCI Express x1
Also, there is a reason that the best overclocking boards are more expensive. I don't need awesome overclocking but I do want to buy a mid-range board at a minimum.

I have a Rampage Formula now and it is an awesome board with cool features. I just don't want to pay that much again.
 

mnewsham

Lifer
Oct 2, 2010
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Also, there is a reason that the best overclocking boards are more expensive. I don't need awesome overclocking but I do want to buy a mid-range board at a minimum.
Sigh, look in general hardware, we have literally 50+ threads of people buying 100-150 dollar 1155 motherboards and being able to clock the CPU's to 4.5Ghz and above. Easily. If the 3 slots make that much of a difference then spend the 100+ dollars, im just trying to get the best bang for buck while retaining quality, that wasn't the cheapest Z68 motherboard available.
 

mnewsham

Lifer
Oct 2, 2010
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Go to Newegg, select the boards, and click compare. I'm not comparing them for you.
Here, i bolded the 140 bucks differences.


Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (x16, x8, x4)
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
2

Storage Devices
SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC889
Audio Channels
8 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
4 x USB 3.0
2 x IEEE 1394a
eSATA
2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports
6 Ports
Internal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB
4 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394
1 x 1394a
Physical Spec
Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin



vs.



Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (x16, x8, x4)
PCI Express x1
1

Storage Devices
SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset
None
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC889
Audio Channels
8 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
3 Ports
Internal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB
8 x USB 2.0
Physical Spec
Form Factor
Micro ATX
Dimensions
9.6" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin
 

alfa147x

Lifer
Jul 14, 2005
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Indy doesn't seem like the guy who upgrades his mobo+cpu every year. For a person like him a standard atx is worth the extra $100 with those features...
 

IndyColtsFan

Lifer
Sep 22, 2007
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Here, i bolded the 140 bucks differences.


Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (x16, x8, x4)
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
2
Storage Devices
SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC889
Audio Channels
8 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
4 x USB 3.0
2 x IEEE 1394a
eSATA
2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports
6 Ports
Internal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB
4 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394
1 x 1394a
Physical Spec
Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin



vs.



Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (x16, x8, x4)
PCI Express x1
1
Storage Devices
SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset
None
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC889
Audio Channels
8 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
3 Ports
Internal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB
8 x USB 2.0
Physical Spec
Form Factor
Micro ATX
Dimensions
9.6" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin
Really? So you took into account the power phases? What about Bios differences? Heatsinks on the VRMs/chipset/etc?

I am not opposed to a mid-range board. I am not going with mATX though.
 

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