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Best z270 motherboard for gaming

Hi everyone, what is the best z270 motherboard for gaming?

I intend to use sli 1080ti and 64gb ddr4

Another question, what is the best processor for games, would this 7700k?

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  1. The key differences between motherboards usually fall down to features. There is little difference to be seen in real world performance, but some may have more power phases to overclock with, and stuff like that. Mostly, the differences are things like M.2 slots and all that jazz that budget oriented gamers don't really use.

    The i7 7700k is undoubtedly still the best, there aren't many games that will eat all it's threads up and it'll probably be this way for the next few years.

    As far as 64 GB RAM, trust me, unless you're doing super heavy video rendering or something insane, you don't need it. You probably don't need 32... care to explain your reasoning for that?
  2. Thanks for replying, I already have the 4x16gb memory, I removed from another pc.
  3. From your build description, I hope there's a new Acer / Asus 4k, 144 Hz gaming screen (reportedly available next month) in there because without that, I don't see you realizing any benefit from that hardware. And by "best" do we mean all out ridiculously expensive ? ... best for the money ... or sumwhere in between ?

    At the 'best for the money" end, you have to watch out for the sneaky sneaky... starting with Z170, Asus started cheaping out and just about all their boards < $150 came with substandard audio. So if you i the < $175 range, make sure its an ALC 1220 or "branded" equivalent.

    I don't really see or have never observed any value for the $400 / $500 boards outside of the "competitive overclocking crowd" tho I have owned a few.

    As to the middle ground, my fav gaming oriented board us the MSI XPower Titanium. I'm tempted to buy it just to put it on my desk and look at it :)

    I have a user who asked me to do a silver build with this board in a silver Enthoo Evolv last year... he postponed it when he heard 270 was coming out ... he postponed it again when the 1080 Tis were announced and he's still waiting the the MSI 1080 TI Seahwk EK X

    MoBo https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130968
    GFX Cards https://www.msi.com/Graphics-card/GeForce-GTX-1080-Ti-SEA-HAWK-EK-X.html#hero-overview

    This is one board where the one-button overclocking actually works very well ... so instead of waiting a week for two dialing your overclocks in manually, you can get reasonable close to a max OC on Day 1 ... yeah, Id be going in there trying to better after suitable burn in period but nice to know ya can get that close, that easy and that fast ... and it is gorgeous :)

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8043/msi-z270-xpower-gaming-titanium-motherboard-review/index7.html
  4. Thanks for replying, but I have to set up an entire water cooling system to use this video card?
  5. Best answer
    If by "entire water cooling system you mean:

    Swiftech AIO - This is not some cheap CLC type water cooling system with inadequate pump and cheap aluminum rads. It is a collection of custom loop all copper water cooling components, pre-assembled at the factory that installs with a screwdriver....4 screws for the water block (as with any CPU cooler) and 8 screws for the radiator (as with any two 40mm fans)
    http://www.swiftech.com/h240x2.aspx
    http://www.swiftech.com/h320x2.aspx

    The card installs just like any other card except for the tubing. If you have ever owned a fish tank or changed a card radiator hose, you have all the necessary skills to do this.



    Parts needed ... about $28
    (2) G-1/4 barb fittings
    (2) hose clamps
    12" of tubing
    Extra bottle of coolant

    a) Drain system
    b) Disconnect tube from radiator and connect to card.
    c) Take new tube and connect it from the open barb fitting on the card to the the now unconnected radiator port
    d) Grab a funnel and refill the coolant

    Takes about 6 minutes.

    If ya want to make it even easier you can do this for a bit more money

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq4iNbCD844
  6. FIrst thing I'd do is delte 32 GB of RAM from build, and save your $200 for the year 2021 when PCs need 64 GB of RAM.....
  7. But since all are using the same basic Intel chipset, performance differences would be at most 1 fps from one board to another....almost random variation.

    That being the case, unless you need to feel good with "Fatality"/"Gaming"/and/or paying an extra $150 for wireless, there are many 'basic'versions, such as MSI's SLI Plus, and, the Prime by Asus...
  8. The MSI SLI Plus is **the** standard in its price range ... As for fps, it's not just about gaming, it's about the feature set. The Porsche, Mercedes and the Kia traveling down the highway at 60 mph are both going at the same speed... but that doesn't make the driving experience in any way comparable.

    And, no ... 1 fps difference, no that's not real. here's a chart I saved from Z97
    http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/msi_z97_gaming_6_review/10

    Total FPS variation in 3 games = 150.5 => 211.5 (best is 40.5% faster than lowest)

    Total FPS variation in Tomb Raider = 62.0 => 67.2 (best is 8.4% faster than lowest)
    Total FPS variation in Sleeping Dogs = 45.3 => 49.8 (best is 9.9% faster than lowest)
    Total FPS variation in Hitman = 43.1 => 94.8 (best is 120 % faster than lowest)

    MSI Z97 Gaming 9 - 100.00% 211.8 67.2 49.8 94.8
    MSI Z97 Gaming 5 - 99.86% 211.5 67.1 49.9 94.5
    MSI Z97A Gaming 6 - 98.96% 209.6 66.7 49.5 93.4
    Asus Z97 TUF Sabranco - 96.13% 203.6 67.3 49.7 86.6
    Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 - 95.00% 201.2 60.3 45.5 95.4
    Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force - 94.95% 201.1 61.0 45.5 94.6
    Asus Z97 Maximus VII Hero - 93.67% 198.4 68.0 49.8 80.6
    Asus Z97 Maximus VII Formula - 93.58% 198.2 66.4 49.9 81.9
    Asus Z97 Maximus VII Gene - 91.69% 194.2 66.1 46.7 81.4
    Asus Z97-A - 89.57% 189.7 65.5 49.0 75.2
    MSI Z97 Mpower MAX AC - 88.20% 186.8 60.8 45.6 80.4
    MSI Z97S Krait SLI - 71.01% 150.4 62.0 45.3 43.1

    In addition.... the number of 1 egg reviews among those boards raged from 9% to 41%. If ever board is the 'same" why are one board's purchases 4.6 times as likely to be extremely dissatisfied customers ?
  9. Ricardo De Azevedo Marques said:
    Thanks for replying, I already have the 4x16gb memory, I removed from another pc.


    Is this memory DDR3 240 pin or DDR4 288 pin? Because basically every z270 board takes 288 pin DDR4
  10. Justiceinacan said:
    Ricardo De Azevedo Marques said:
    Thanks for replying, I already have the 4x16gb memory, I removed from another pc.


    Is this memory DDR3 240 pin or DDR4 288 pin? Because basically every z270 board takes 288 pin DDR4


    DDR4 288pin
  11. I have a disassembled pc with all the necessary parts for a custom water cooler.

    I have the pump swiftech mpc655, I have a 200mm reservatorio, I have all the bitspower D5 modkits, modtop, All fittings, hard tube, radiator and fans, ek terminal for SLI.
    I can enjoy all these pieces in this video card GTX 1080 Ti SEA HAWK EK X ???
    Thanks!!
    JackNaylorPE said:
    If by "entire water cooling system you mean:

    Swiftech AIO - This is not some cheap CLC type water cooling system with inadequate pump and cheap aluminum rads. It is a collection of custom loop all copper water cooling components, pre-assembled at the factory that installs with a screwdriver....4 screws for the water block (as with any CPU cooler) and 8 screws for the radiator (as with any two 40mm fans)
    http://www.swiftech.com/h240x2.aspx
    http://www.swiftech.com/h320x2.aspx

    The card installs just like any other card except for the tubing. If you have ever owned a fish tank or changed a card radiator hose, you have all the necessary skills to do this.



    Parts needed ... about $28
    (2) G-1/4 barb fittings
    (2) hose clamps
    12" of tubing
    Extra bottle of coolant

    a) Drain system
    b) Disconnect tube from radiator and connect to card.
    c) Take new tube and connect it from the open barb fitting on the card to the the now unconnected radiator port
    d) Grab a funnel and refill the coolant

    Takes about 6 minutes.

    If ya want to make it even easier you can do this for a bit more money

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq4iNbCD844
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