My personal favorite is Zotac because of well thought through mainboard layout (mSATA slot), component quality and good DrMOS cooling. Of course the BIOS shortcomings might be a serious problem when overclocking but I bet it is possible to adress the VRM controller directly through some overclocking software like rightmark cpu clock utility. It's stupid and dangerous to overclock via BIOS anyway as it's impossible to verify stable frequencies/voltages without benchmarks. Unfortunately Zotac change hardware versions very often without informing their customers. There are at least three hardware versions of this board. Just look at the caps, sound chips or wifi cards.
The mSATA slot on Asrock is placed most stupid under the z77 Chipset. The consequence will be high temperature of the mSATA SSD and withit even data loss, just like with Intel NUC and its Wifi/mSATA SSD hardware problem.
@testing team: next time please use additionally a high-end watercooling setup to reach maximum overclocking capabilities of your testing participants because that is what overclocking is about. Air coolers just won't do it and limit overclocking due overheating.
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