Autodesk 3ds Max could probably fall into the creativity category as well. But some would argue that, because of the way these frames are calculated in the industry, it’s still productivity. Again, setting aside Gigabyte's forced overclock, we see that ASRock and Supermicro achieve solid completion times.
The Z97 Extreme6 bests all competitors (even the overclocked Gigabyte board) in Visual Studio 2010. Completion times for this benchmark are affected by multiple variables, and Gigabyte’s lower memory bandwidth might be the thing that keeps its tuned configuration away from the winner’s circle.
My thoughts you can find the hero board within that price range quite easy. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximusviihero
I'm buying the Asus Z97i-plus because it just mount a 2x M.2 2280 and 2260, and all other connectivity goodness, uninterested in overclocking unless the broadwell i5 K consume less than 90W :D
stunned at how tiny even the packing box is. :D Just pairing it up with a G3258
initially to see how it behaves. Pondering a GTX 750 Ti, but kinda hoping NVIDIA
will release a newer version in Sept.
Better audio quality.
Generally ROG boards have better quality parts.
But in the end we need the reviewers (like you) to review as many products as they can, so we can see the performance difference between them.