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M.2: 1
SATA3: 10
PCIe x16: 4
RAM DIMMs: 8

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M.2: 1
SATA: 6
PCIe x16: 2
RAM DIMMs: 4

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M.2: -
SATA: 6
PCIe x16: 2
RAM DIMMs: 4

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ASRock X99 Extreme4

ASRock X99 Extreme4

The ASRock X99 Extreme4 is a good deal of mobo compared to all other pricey x99 chipset boards. It is big in size but has all the necessary requirements one needs to build. It works perfectly fine and provides a satisfactory performance as well. Overall it is a great one if you consider the price and quality. However, One must be careful with ordering as there are many cases of being deceived.

Anyways, the Extreme4 has 12 DIGI power phase design, lots of RAM slots for use as well as storage capacity, and lots of SATA connectors. The BIOS is out of date but still is easy to work with. UEFI is user friendly. You can also easily overclock it. It also supports Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX and NVIDIA 3-Way SLI technology.

This motherboard may look pricey for what it does, but it is a great one to pair with the GTX 970. The board is pretty decent, providing satisfactory performances and gives what you need.

Key Features: The X99 Extreme4 features 8 x DDR4 DIMM Slots supporting maximum 256GB memory, and up to 3000 Mhz (O.C) memory bandwidth. It also features 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, 10 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, 1 x eSATA connector, and only one M.2 socket. Moreover, it includes 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, 8 x USB 2.0 ports, and 5 x fan connectors (3 x chassis fan connectors, 2 x CPU fan connectors).

Downsides: The motherboard looks are pretty dated.

Pros
  • Good aspect
  • Pretty decent overclocking performance
  • User-friendly UEFI BIOS
  • Overall good performance
Cons
  • The looks are dated

Final Thoughts

ASRock motherboards are always pretty good at presenting good performance. And this one is really awesome for an X99 chipset.

ASUS ROG STRIX B360-H GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX B360-H GAMING

This board, B360-H gaming has an incredibly beautiful look, and is quite amazing. It offers some awesome features that are both easy to use, and convenient. It has an aesthetic look with cyber-text design. The AURA-sync with red illumination creates quite a beautiful atmosphere. Its LED ROG design looks great as well as feels great. The installation process is also easy. It boots easily and fastly. The price to performance is perfect for this mobo. You will get what you need with this price. BIOS is easy to work with and the upgrades are done easily.

This motherboard has clear manual instructions by which you can easily install it. The ROG STRIX B360-H mobo is another success of ASUS.With this beautiful look, the Red LED shades make it more appealing. You can also connect directly with AURA through which you can control the LED of your components. Moreover, it Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology.

ASUS ROG STRIX B360-H GAMING is the perfect start for building your own PC. It is also DIY friendly and you can customize your rig anyway you want.

Key Features: The ASUS ROG STRIX B360-H comes with 4 x DIMM DDR4 memory channels supporting max 64GB, and max 2666 MHz memory bandwidth. It includes 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16/x4 mode), 4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 slots, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, and 2 x M.2 socket 3. This one also features 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 6 x USB 2.0 ports, and 2 x chassis fan connectors.

Downsides: This motherboard has a pretty good BIOS but it has to be with the latest version to flash.

Pros
  • VR ready
  • Great value
  • Awesome AURA sync
  • A slot for m.2 SSD
Cons
  • Flash BIOS with the latest version

Final Thoughts

The overall performance of B360-H is really great. It has been a success for most of the PC builders without any issues.

MSI 970 Gaming

MSI 970 Gaming

MSI 970 Gaming motherboard looks simple yet stylish and has a good build quality. MSI has always been a great manufacturer when it comes to motherboard. This one has some awesome features and they are easy to use as well. Its design with red and black can help with your customizable rig. The I/O shield has got some nice padding on it and you can press it to fit easily. Also, it has lots of fan headers and offers a cool environment. The BIOS interface looks cool and is easy to work with. It has this feature named “Audio Boost” which provides clear and crispy sound.

The 970 GAMING mobo is easy to install, and is a great value for the price. It is also great for the beginners who want to build their own PC. One important note is that it would be best to not use the provided software. You can download the latest one from MSI website. Also, it offers pretty decent overclocking along with a good performance. It supports 2-way CROSSFIRE and SLI technology.

Key Features: The MSI 970 Gaming motherboard comes with 4 x DDR3 memory channels that supports max memory of up to 32GB, and 2133 MHz (O.C) bandwidth. It features 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (x16/x8 mode), 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, 2 x PCI slots, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, 3 x USB 2.0 connectors, and 1 x USB 3.0 connector. Moreover, it has 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 2 x 4-pin system fan connectors, and 2 x 3-pin system fan connectors.

Downsides: This motherboard has no hardware buttons and has limited PCIe lanes.

Pros
  • Decent overclocking ability
  • Cheap
  • Great value
  • Premium Audio features
Cons
  • No hardware buttons
  • PCIe lanes are limited
  • Uses only two USB 3.0 ports on I/O plate

Final Thoughts

This MSI motherboard is great for those who are looking for a minimalist design, and are in budget.