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Best mATX z170 Motherboard?


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#1 babicz

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 11:52 AM

I'm planning on upgrading to a a skylake system soon (from a 5 year old AMD system), and have narrowed down my choices to

 

Gigabyte z170mx and Asus z170m-plus

 

I'll be pairing it with a 6600k and overclocking of course.

 

I can hardly find any differences between the two, except for audio on the Gigabyte being ALC1150 vs ALC889 on the Asus

 

The Asus is about $30 cheaper in most places, is it worth saving that money, or is the Gigabyte superior here?

 

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 11:47 AM

What do the reviews say about the boards?



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Posted 07 February 2016 - 02:06 PM

I am personally a gigabyte fan, as I know they use quality components. ASUS is also a good brand, but I have heard of onboard sound issues with their boards. The gigabyte claims 3-way SLI/Xfire support, but notice how close the the bottom 2 x16 lanes are: you would need low profile GPUs to use all three lanes. That being said, GPUs aren't the only things that use those slots and the larger slot may benefit you - but that all depends on your setup. If you are overclocking, I would go with Gigabyte, as their dualBIOS feature saved my neck a few times. if you're trying to go the cheap route, save the cash and go with the asus.


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