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Motherboard for 6700K overclocking

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klear

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Jan 9, 2002
Someone offered to buy my computer so I'm putting a skylake build together. I'm trying to decide between these 3, but I'm willing to take any suggestions on the crowd favorite board for overclocking the 6700k and used daily.

ASRock Extreme7+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157627
ASRock OC Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157649
MSI XPOWER http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130870

Thanks in advance for your advice!
 

Kenrou

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Aug 14, 2014
Was told that unless you have a badass custom loop or L2N an ASRock Extreme4 would be more then enough to decently overclock a Skylake, what's your setup ?
 
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klear

klear

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Jan 9, 2002
Probably going to use a noctua air cooler... so really nothing to gain in the way of overclocking by using these boards? I'm looking to get ~3200mhz ram as well
 

RollingThunder

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Jan 7, 2005
Someone offered to buy my computer so I'm putting a skylake build together. I'm trying to decide between these 3, but I'm willing to take any suggestions on the crowd favorite board for overclocking the 6700k and used daily.

ASRock Extreme7+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157627
ASRock OC Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157649
MSI XPOWER http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130870

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Klear,

You might want to read this from Woomack on that small CRYORIG C7 cooler he tested:

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/...nnel-memtest?p=7892839&viewfull=1#post7892839

However I'll withhold comments on a board, I'm not qualified to make any firm suggestions.
 

Kenrou

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Aug 14, 2014
Isn't he talking about a gigabyte board ?

Either way difference between the e4 and e6 seems to be Premium 60A Power Choke and 12 phase (e6) vs 10 phase (e4), 3 x SATA Express 10 Gb/s Connectors (e6) instead of 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug + 2 x SATA Express 10 Gb/s Connectors (e4).

Is this worth the ~£40 extra ?
 
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RollingThunder

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Isn't he talking about a gigabyte board ?

Kenrou,

I'm not sure, that's why I can't comment on his board but there seems to be quite a few good ones.
More good reviews from our guys on some other boards here:

http://www.overclockers.com/category/reviews/

I'm not as advanced on OC'ing as many others here so I don't need too much "in depth" study.
I bought a "mid-range" board for my needs and it's working well. These Skylakes seem to overclock
very well no matter what capable board is used.
 

Woomack

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Jan 2, 2005
I wouldn't recommend Gigabyte Z170 boards. Somehow most issues on skylake are reported by Gigabyte board users. Also combo Gigabyte+Corsair isn't good.
ASUS, ASRock or MSI seem fine and on even cheaper Z170 boards you can OC CPU @4.5GHz+. Probably all boards are also supporting DDR4-3200+ memory. At least I haven't seen Z170 board that couldn't work with 3200 memory. There are cheaper boards which are supporting 4000+ too so simply check description.

The most expensive boards like ASUS M8 Extreme/Hero Alpha, ASRock OCF or MSI XPower+ are better idea if you are extreme overclocker. You can buy them for gaming rig but you won't see any special difference in overclocking. What more, CPUs are overclocking almost the same regardless how much you pay for the board ( if board can keep stable voltage and that most can ). The main difference is in memory overclocking but really who needs to run memory @3600+ ?
 

wingman99

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Dec 10, 2003
ASRock Z170 Extreme4 is my pick. You don't really need a great board for overclocking skylake on air.