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Planning to get 1 HEDT AMD and Intel processors. maybe more

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Benching Team Leader
Jan 2, 2005
On 7900X or higher you won't set 1.4V ... just can't compare that ;) ... 1.3V is enough for 4.8-5.0GHz+ but on water under full load you may see ~100°C.
The same as I said in most other threads about motherboards, I don't like new Gigabyte and I won't recommend them because of various issues on some of them. If you want to move to extreme OC later then grab high ASRock or ASUS. Both these brands in their higher boards have no issues with higher CPU load and higher memory OC.

I have 7900X on ASRock X299E-ITX with 7 power phases and I have no issues with throttling or anything else. CPU could OC as high as on full ATX Taichi or ASUS TUF2 ... 4.7GHz stable and ~4.9GHz for benchmarks. What more, top OC series like APEX won't give you much more than TUF2 or Taichi. Maybe will have something additional if you decide to move on LN2 but on water cooling or in memory overclocking there is pretty much no difference.


Mr. Clean Senior Member
Jan 12, 2012
So would the gigabyte ultra gaming gaming have adeqoute cooling with the vrm heatsinks it has? Or do I need to have fan near it? Would the Apex be the way to go instead?
For me, only if you're going to use extreme cooling and are going to be benching the hell out of the chip or you just want the availability to be able to tweak anything you can, should you get a top board. Otherwise just find a board with the features you want. It will, in most instances overclock the chip no different then any other board.


Apr 14, 2011


Benching Team Leader Super Moderator
Dec 19, 2012
If you plan on going cold at some point and benching then it's the APEX hands down. It's built for that kind of action. It has all the buttons you need will likely OC the ram higher etc..