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Motherboard Tier List (EOL)

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NOTE: Motherboard Tier List has changed hands to another member. Please refer to this link for the new thread:

 

 

newer version can be found here:

 

Credit to: @Jurrunio @GoldenLag

 

The following list is based on facts, ranked on power delivery and known problems. The list will include modern motherboards for both Intel and AMD chips From Asus, Asrock, Biostar EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, NZXT and Supermicro (chipsets will be listed). We’ll include the recommended chips we would do with the boards.

 

For advanced users: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Smj5dh97n32wJqm5dkdDcQt8ID7vH52-lKzaaXUUQx8/edit?usp=sharing

 

AMD (AM4 Althlon 2xx, Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 9)

All current draw figures are based on Prime95 small FFT with AVX unless otherwise specified, in other words the worst case scenario. Only the top end SKU of CPUs in the same generation and core/thread count configuration is named, others share the same rating. Zen scales down frequency and voltage according to EDC (current limit) and TDC (thermal limit) settings of the motherboard so in theory you won’t cook the VRM of any board at stock, you just lose frequency.

 

AM4 (Athlon 2xx, Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 9)

Tier S 300A current draw on little ambient airflow (i.e below a big air cooler in a well-ventilated case), maxed out 3950X on liquid nitrogen (LN2) overclocking

Asus: X570 Hero

Gigabyte: X570 Aorus Xtreme

MSI: X570 Godlike

 

Tier S- 250A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 3900X on liquid nitrogen (LN2) overclocking

Asus: X570 Strix-E, Pro WS Ace, Impact, ITX

Asrock: X570 Taichi, Phantom Gaming X, Creator

Gigabyte: X570 Aorus Master

MSI: X570 Creation, Ace, Unify

 

Tier A 200A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 3950X on ambient cooling, 2700x on LN2

Asus: X570 Strix-F, TUF Plus, Prime Pro, Prime-P, X470 Crosshair VII Hero, X370 Crosshair VI Extreme

Asrock: X570 ITX/TB3, X470 Taichi (Ultimate), X370 Taichi, Professional Gaming

Gigabyte: X570 Aorus Ultra, Pro (ATX), X470 Gaming 7

MSI: X470 M7 AC

 

Tier B 160A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 3900X, 3950x at 1.3V on ambient cooling, maxed out 1800X on LN2

Asus: X470 Strix-F, X370 Crosshair VI Hero, Strix-F

Biostar: X570 GT8, X470 GT8, X370 GT7

Gigabyte: X570 Aorus Elite, ITX

 

Tier C 125A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 2700X, 3900x at 1.3V on ambient cooling (P95)

Asus: X470 Strix-I, B450 Strix-I, X370 Prime Pro

Asrock: X570 Extreme4, Steel Legend, Pro4 (ATX & mATX), Phantom K4

Gigabyte: X570 UD, Gaming X, X370 Gaming K7, Gaming 5

MSI: X570 Gaming Pro Carbon, !X470 Gaming Pro Carbon, !B450 Gaming Pro Carbon, Tomahawk (& Max), Gaming Plus ATX (& Max), A Pro (& Max), Mortar (& Max), Gaming Plus mATX, Bazooka Plus, Gaming Plus ITX, X370 M7 ACK, XPower Titanium

 

Tier D 100A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 1800X and 3700X, a tad more than maxed out 2600X, maxed out 2700X in ambient cooling (Cinebench R15)

Asus: X470 Prime Pro, B450 TUF Pro, Strix-E, X370 Strix-I, B350 Strix-I

Asrock: X470 Master SLI, K4, ITX, !B450 K4, Steel Legend, ITX

Gigabyte: X470 Gaming 5, Ultra Gaming, B450 Aorus Pro (ATX), Aorus Elite

MSI: X570 A-Pro, Gaming Plus, Edge, !X470 Gaming Plus, Gaming Pro, B450 Pro-VDH (& Max & V2), Bazooka (& V2), X370 Gaming Pro Carbon, Krait Gaming, SLI Plus, Gaming Plus, Gaming Pro, B350 Gaming Pro Carbon, Krait Gaming

 

Tier E 75A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 1600X and 3600X, a bit more than maxed out 2500X

Asus: X470 TUF Plus, B450 Strix-F, TUF Plus, Prime Plus, X370 Prime-A, B350 Strix-F, Prime Plus, TUF Plus

Asrock: X470 Master SLI, K4, B450 K4, Steel Legend, Pro4, M/AC, HDV, X370 Gaming X, Killer SLI, mITX, K4, Pro4, B350 mITX, Pro4, K4, HDV, AB350M

Biostar: X470 GTA, GTQ, GTN, X370 GT5, GT3, B350 GT5, GT3, GTN

Gigabyte: B450 Aorus M, Gaming X, DS3H, ITX X370 Gaming K5, K3, 3, Gaming, DS3H, !B350 Gaming 3, Gaming, DASH, DS3H, AB350N Gaming-WiFi

MSI: B450 Pro-M2 (& Max) B350 Gaming Plus, Tomahawk, PC Mate, Bazooka, Mortar, Pro-VDH, Pro-VH Plus, Pro-VD Plus

 

Tier F 50A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 1300X

Asus: B450 Prime-K, Prime-A, B350 Prime-A, Prime-E, Prime-K

Asrock: B450 HDV R4.0, B350 HDV R3.0, HDV R4.0

Biostar: X570GT, B350 B45M2, HiFi B350S1, ET2

Gigabyte: B350 D3H, D3V, HD3, DS2

MSI: B450 Pro-M2 V2, B350 Gaming Pro

 

Tier H2O Liquid cooled only VRM, terrible if cooled only with air, tier S if liquid cooled

Asus: X570 Crosshair VIII Formula

Asrock: X570 Aqua

 

Tier W Workstation features, can appear here and above tiers

Asus: X570 Pro WS Ace (ECC certification)

Asrock rack: X570 D2I, D4U-2L2T, X470 D4U (ECC cert + KVM switch), D4U2-2T (ECC cert + KVM switch)

 

AMD (TR4, Threadripper)

 

Tier LN2 700A current draw under mist of liquid nitrogen and high RPM fan (ambient air? unrealistic), maxed out 2990WX under an awful lot of liquid nitrogen

Asus: Zenith Extreme Alpha

MSI: Creation

 

Tier S 500A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out (1.35v) 2990WX on ambient cooling (P95), 2970WX on liquid nitrogen

Asus: Zenith Extreme Alpha

MSI: Creation

 

Tier A 350A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 2970WX on ambient cooling (P95), 2990WX limited to 1.175v (P95)

Gigabyte: Aorus Xtreme

 

Tier B 300A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 2970WX on ambient cooling (Cinebench R20)

Asus: Zenith Extreme with cooling kit

 

Tier C 250A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 2950X on ambient cooling, 2970WX limited to 1.15v (P95)

Asus: Zenith Extreme

MSI: Gaming Pro Carbon AC, SLI Plus

 

Tier D 200A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 2920X and 1950X on ambient cooling

Asus: Strix-E, Prime-A

Asrock: Taichi (mATX & ATX), Professional Gaming

Gigabyte: Gaming 7, Designare EX, Aorus Pro

 

Tier E 150A current draw on little ambient airflow, maxed out 1920X on ambient cooling

Asrock: Phantom 6

 

Intel (1151 v2, 2066)
 

Tier S Extreme overclocking (i7oc, i9oc)

Asus: Maximus XI extreme, Maximus X extreme, Rampage VI Apex, Rampage VI, Maximus XI Gene, Maximus X Apex, Maximus XI Apex

EVGA: Dark

Gigabyte: Aorus Xtreme (WaterForce), x299-aorus gaming 9

MSI: MEG Godlike, MEG creation

 

Tier A High-end gaming (i5oc, i7oc, i9oc)

Asrock: Taichi (ultimate) (xe), x299-Extreme4, Phantom Gaming 9, x299-fatal1ty (xe)

EVGA: FTW, Classified K, Micro

Gigabyte: Designare, Aorus Master, z390-Aorus Ultra, z390-Aorus Pro, z390-Aorus Elite, Aorus Gaming 7, x299-gaming 7 (pro)

MSI: M7, MEG ACE

 

Tier B Mainstream gaming (i5oc, i7oc)

Asus: zxxx-Strix, x299-strix, Maximus XI Formula/Hero/Code, Maximus X Formula/Hero/Code, zxxx-Prime-A, X299-TUF, X299-Prime Deluxe

Asrock: Phantom Gaming ITX/6/atx-ac/, zxxx-Fatal1ty, z370/z390-Extreme4
Biostar: Z370GT6

Gigabyte: z390-Gaming SLI/plus/m gaming, Gaming 5, x299-aorus gaming 3 (pro), x299-aorus ultra gaming, x299-aorus ultra gaming pro

MSI: zzxx-Pro Carbon, Edge, MPG, M5, Krait, x299-sli plus

NZXT: N7

 

Tier C Value gaming (i3, i5, i7)

Asus: hxxx-Strix, bxxx-Strix

Asrock: zxxx-Pro4, Phantom Gaming 4, ATX/ac, Killer/SLI, hxxx-fatal1ty, bxxx-fatal1ty, Bxxx-Pro4

Gigabyte: Gaming 3, UD4, z390-UD

MSI: Tomahawk, Mortar, Gaming Pro, bazooka, hxxx-pro carbon, Gaming Pro, Raider, zxxx-SLI plus

 

Tier D Basic (pentium, celeron, i3, i5)

Asus: TUF, Prime-P, Prime-Plus, Prime-C

Asrock: hxxx-Pro4, HDV, DGS, HDVP

EVGA: Stinger

Gigabyte: D3, XP, HD3, DS3H, N-wifi, s2p, n, m h, d3, S2, DS2V, HD2

MSI: A-Pro, PC-pro, Gaming Plus, Pro-VDH, Pro-VD, Pro-VH, Pro-D, Pro-VHL, Pro-VL

 

Tier W: Workstation (i7, i9)

Asus: WS Pro, WS Sage

Supermicro: CGW-O


 

notes

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Sources:

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art Sources:

Hardwareluxx.de: VRM parts table (AM4 B350/X370/B450/X470)

 

/u/CR1318 on reddit: Motherboard Tier List

 

Tweaktownbiostar x370gt7biostar x370gtn gamingbiostar a320mh pro gaming

 

BuildzoidGigabyte's Z390 lineupAsrock X470 Master SLIAsrock AB350M Pro 4, AB350 Pro 4 and AB350 Gaming K4ASUS Prime X470-ProAsrock X370 TaichiMSI X470 Gaming PlusMSI B450M Mortar TitaniumGigabyte Z390 Aorus XtremeASUS Maximus XI ApexGigabyte Z390 Aorus UltraMSI MEG X399 CreationGigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro WifiASUS TUF B450M-Pro GamingASUS TUF B450M-Pro GamingAsrock X470 Master SLI / Gaming K4"Asrock X470 Master SLI VRM temperature sensing is broken"EVGA Z370 MicroGigabyte B450M GamingEVGA Z390 FTWGigabyte X370 Gaming K5Asrock X570 Pro4; Asus X570 Strix-E; Gigabyte x570; MSI x570; Asrock x570; Asus x570; Asus X570 Prime-P; Asus X570 Strix-F; Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra; Gigabyte X570 Gaming X;

 

GN (Buidzoid)Best Motherboards for AMD Ryzen 2018 - AM4 X470 & B450Best Z390 Motherboards for VRMs, 10Gb LAN, Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX (2018)Best AM4 Motherboards for Overclocking (X370 & B350)EVGA X299 DARKMSI Z390 GodlikeASUS Maximus XI HeroASUS Crosshair VI Hero X370ASUS X399 Zenith ExtremeEVGA X299 DARK

 

BitwitBiostar Racing X370 GTN

 

Sebelas HardwareBiostar Racing X370 GT3

 

hardwareinside.debiostar-racing x370gt5

 

play3r.net: biostar racing x370gt5

 

back2gaming.combiostar racing b350gt5

 

Proclockersbiostar h310mhd pro

 

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Hmm its going to be a lot of work on this one..

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I can conquer the world with one hand,As long as you hold the other -Unknown

Its better to enjoy your own company than expecting someone to make you happy -Mr Bean

No one is going to be with you forever,One day u'll have to walk alone -Hiromi aoki (avery)

BUT the one who love us never really leave us,You can always find them here -Sirius Black

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Should also tag this guy @thicc_boi. Helped a lot in picking AMD boards

 

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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7 minutes ago, LukeSavenije said:

do you have a source on that?

Check out his older posts. He has an AMD board list a while ago, but outdated of course (yes, I still keep it until today)

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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2 minutes ago, GeneXiS_X said:

Check out his older posts. He has an AMD board list a while ago, but outdated of course (yes, I still keep it until today)

it's a bit outdated, but should come to good use

 

tho you do have a new version now?

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52 minutes ago, LukeSavenije said:

Tier E Basic (pentium, celeron, i3)

Asus: TUF, Prime-P, Prime-Plus, Prime-C

looks at Z370-P motherboard

 

"You bring shame upon this household."

 

Although, for a Tier E board, I've managed to run my 8600K on 4.7GHz for the past few months, not to say it isn't one of the most basic boards one can buy, because I can't deny that.

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Just now, seoz said:

Although, for a Tier E board, I've managed to run my 8600K on 4.7GHz for the past few months, not to say it isn't one of the most basic boards one can buy, because I can't deny that.

yeah, but you are lucky and have a higher binned chip

 

it's true

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I have a few suggestions actually

1 hour ago, LukeSavenije said:

Intel (x299, z390, z370, h370, b360, h310)

AMD (b350, b450, x370, x470, x399)

Make these titles bigger

 

Also, should differentiate OC and non-OC:

Example: Ryzen 7 without OC can work in lower end boards. Should have R7 OC and R7

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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5 minutes ago, GeneXiS_X said:

I have a few suggestions actually

Make these titles bigger

 

Also, should differentiate OC and non-OC:

Example: Ryzen 7 without OC can work in lower end boards. Should have R7 OC and R7

that's a good one... give me some time to look into it

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I'd say it would look nicer if Intel and AMD were separated in some way, i.e.:
Intel:

.

 

AMD:

,

Ex-EX build: Liquidfy C+... R.I.P.

Ex-build:

Meshify C – sold

Ryzen 5 1600x @4.0 GHz/1.4V – sold

Gigabyte X370 Aorus Gaming K7 – sold

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8 GB @3200 Mhz – sold

Alpenfoehn Brocken 3 Black Edition – it's somewhere

Sapphire Vega 56 Pulse – ded

Intel SSD 660p 1TB – sold

be Quiet! Straight Power 11 750w – sold

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1 minute ago, Quadriplegic said:

I'd say it would look nicer if Intel and AMD were separated in some way, i.e.:
Intel:

  Reveal hidden contents

.

 

 

AMD:

  Reveal hidden contents

,

 

i won't work with spoilers for that

 

i made the difference title bigger now tho

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32 minutes ago, GeneXiS_X said:

I have a few suggestions actually

Make these titles bigger

 

Also, should differentiate OC and non-OC:

Example: Ryzen 7 without OC can work in lower end boards. Should have R7 OC and R7

it's fixed btw

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Guess there won't be any older platforms listed here?

Current System

 

Mobo: MSI MEG Z390 Godlike // CPU: i9-9900K // GPU: Galax Hall of Fame RTX 2080 Ti // RAM: 64GB Vengeance LPX // Cooling: D15S with 3 Noctua Fans // Storage: 1TB SSD Samsung 860 EVO, 6TB Seagate Barracuda PRO // PSU: HX 850w 80+ Platinum // Case: TT View 37 RGB Edition

 

Old System (Now Retired)

 

Mobo: Asus B85M-E // CPU: i7-4770K // GPU: Gigabyte G1 1070 // RAM: 16GB Single Channel // Cooling: Stock Intel // Storage: 167 GB SDD OCZ Agility3, 2 TB Seagate Barracuda // PSU: AeroCool Strike X 800w 80+ Silver // Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Blue LED Mid-Tower

 

Peripherals And Others

 

Mouse: Corsair Glaive RGB Pro // Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow X Chroma Mercury White // Headphone: Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 // Display: LG 2560x1080 34' 144Hz Ultrawide // UPS: Pure Sine Wave, Online Topology 3000VA (2100w)

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2 hours ago, LukeSavenije said:

Tier S Extreme overclocking (i7oc, i9oc)

Tier A High-end gaming (i5oc, i7oc, i9oc)

Tier B Mainstream gaming (i5oc, i7oc)

Tier D Value gaming (i3oc, i5oc, i7)

Tier E Basic (pentium, celeron, i3)

I don't see locked i5 and i7?

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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8 minutes ago, ReggieGRS said:

Guess there won't be any older platforms listed here?

not for now... this already was a lot of work

 

7 minutes ago, GeneXiS_X said:

I don't see locked i5 and i7?

just assume when i don't list oc, i mean locked

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One more suggestion: Should add sources of mobo info / reviews too

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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1 minute ago, GeneXiS_X said:

One more suggestion: Should add sources of mobo info / reviews too

good suggestion

 

but that would require way too much work... and we might get some engineering datasheets if we're lucky enough

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2 minutes ago, CraigSwords said:

Just a little grammar mistake, but on AMD S tier, it's 10000oc for some reason.

yep

 

thanks!

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I honestly don't Really see the point of this list. 

For me it basically says, expensive boards are expensive and cheap boards are cheap. 

The thing I wanna know is, is the expensive board really good quality or is it actually shit? 

Gaming HTPC:

R7 1700X - Scythe Big Shuriken 3 - Asus ROG B350-i - Asus GTX 1080 Strix - 16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V 3333mhz - Silverstone SX500-LG - 500gb 960 EVO - Fractal Design Node 202 - Samsung 60KS7090 - Logitech G502 - Thrustmaster T500RS - Noblechairs Icon


Desktop PC:
R9 3900X - H100i GTX - Asus Prime X570 Pro - EVGA RTX2060KO - 32gb LPX 3200mhz - EVGA 750G2 - 250gb 970 Evo - 6TB WD My Book Duo (Reds) - Inwin 103 White - Dell U3415W - Qpad MK-85 Brown - Logitech MX518 Legendary - Blue Yeti Platinum - Noblechairs Icon 


Boss-NAS [Build Log]:
R5 2400G - Noctua NH-D14 - Asus Prime X370-Pro - 16gb G.Skill Aegis 3000mhz - Seasonic Focus Platinum 550W - Fractal Design R5 - 
250gb 970 Evo (OS) - 2x500gb 860 Evo (Raid0) - 6x4TB WD Red (RaidZ2)

 

Audio Gear:

Hifiman HE-400i - Kennerton Magister - Beyerdynamic DT880 250Ohm - AKG K7XX - Fostex TH-X00 - O2 Amp/DAC Combo - 
Klipsch RP280F - Klipsch RP160M - Klipsch RP440C - Yamaha RX-V479

 

Reviews and Stuff:

GTX 780 DCU2 // 8600GTS // Hifiman HE-400i // Kennerton Magister
Folding all the Proteins! // Boincerino

Useful Links:
Do you need an AMP/DAC? // Recommended Audio Gear // PSU Tier List 

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5 minutes ago, FloRolf said:

I honestly don't Really see the point of this list. 

For me it basically says, expensive boards are expensive and cheap boards are cheap. 

The thing I wanna know is, is the expensive board really good quality or is it actually shit? 

that's why some "expensive" motherboards are in lower tiers

 

look at some maximus boards for example

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