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How far are you looking to push the cpu and what cooling are you using. If you are talking a moderate overclock on ambient cooling either one will be plenty. It more comes down to which one has the features you are looking for, like number of usb ports of built in WiFi. The way the board looks will also affect your choice assuming your case has a window.
They will easily reach your overclocking goals and then some. it really is down to features, build theme/colors, and price.
I reviewed the titanium and love their click bios. The hero is also overall solid and will handle ambient overclocks without breaking a sweat. 10 phases vs 11 doesn't make a difference for you and they both have quality power delivery.
basically i want to push it, nothing crazy. i'm buying the h100i liquid cooler. i don't want a more expensive board. from what I've seen these are the boards to buy in the 100-200$ range. question is, which one is better. as far as the features goes it's complicated . on one hand i do want the best looking one. and i'm doing a blue build so the msi will look the best with that. one the other hand the red touches on the asus one are pretty minimal. on one hand the msi one has a pretty low pci-e slot for the gpu so going SLI in the future (don't know if i want to) could be a problem, also the heat-sink for the chip is right next to the slot so i hope it doesn't interfere with the card. on the other hand the asus one doesn't have rgb led headers that can be pretty cool for the case. but the msi has 11 power phases against the asus- that has 10. also some say that the bios of the asus card is the best one and others say that msi mobos have the best bios. but the asus one has different buttons that can be handy to OC. you see what i mean?
For your uses, they are both superb boards.Which one is better?
That isn't for me/us to decide.Best looking one?
You don't want to use that PCIe slot unless you have to, it is a 4X slot and you will lose a few percent performance that way. Not to mention, it can't be done that way in the first place as NVIDIA needs 8x + slot speeds for SLI.the msi one has a pretty low pci-e slot for the gpu
It wouldnt' they are all very similar and follow intel standards.the heat-sink for the chip is right next to the slot so i hope it doesn't interfere with the card.
Already addressed power phases... It doesn't matter where you are going!but the msi has 11 power phases against the asus- that has 10.
Already addressed MY opinion on the BIOSsalso some say that the bios of the asus card is the best one and others say that msi mobos have the best bios.
Buttons are neat, sure, but not remotely needed for daily overclocks.but the asus one has different buttons that can be handy to OC.