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View Poll Results: Which brand of motherboard do you use?
ASUS 33 39.76%
GIGABYTE 19 22.89%
MSI 16 19.28%
AsROCK 12 14.46%
Other (Please specify) 3 3.61%
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Old 13-03-2019, 09:48 PM   #1
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Which brand Motherboard do you use?

Taking some survey off the ground. Looking to see which brand's Z390 chipset motherboard I should purchase. The technology has advanced to a point where I am not expecting to see significant changes to the landscape for at least 2 - 3 years, so I am diving in very soon to see what I can replace my aging Gigabyte EP45-UD3R with.

At its highest, only DDR5 would be releasing this year. Our RAM speeds are blazing fast that no average Joe would need anything faster.

I think now is a good time to finally upgrade given the following technologies are already in place:
  • DDR4 RAM
  • SSD
  • Audio with Dedicated DAC
  • Embedded-Wifi
  • PCI-Express 3.0
  • M2, NVMe
  • USB 3.1 Gen2

I cannot think of any stunning new technology that would warrant me waiting for the next upgrade. Unless the Intel-10 series chipsets have something worth looking at...

Now, I am looking at the Gigabyte AORUS Z390 Master with i7-9700K and tossing in a ZOTAC 1660 Ti.

In terms of warranty, are all 3 years?
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Old 13-03-2019, 09:59 PM   #2
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Taking some survey off the ground. Looking to see which brand's Z390 chipset motherboard I should purchase. The technology has advanced to a point where I am not expecting to see significant changes to the landscape for at least 2 - 3 years, so I am diving in very soon to see what I can replace my aging Gigabyte EP45-UD3R with.

At its highest, only DDR5 would be releasing this year. Our RAM speeds are blazing fast that no average Joe would need anything faster.

I think now is a good time to finally upgrade given the following technologies are already in place:
  • DDR4 RAM
  • SSD
  • Audio with Dedicated DAC
  • Embedded-Wifi
  • PCI-Express 3.0
  • M2, NVMe
  • USB 3.1 Gen2

I cannot think of any stunning new technology that would warrant me waiting for the next upgrade. Unless the Intel-10 series chipsets have something worth looking at...

Now, I am looking at the Gigabyte AORUS Z390 Master with i7-9700K and tossing in a ZOTAC 1660 Ti.

In terms of warranty, are all 3 years?
I'm using the Z390 Ultra for the 9700k clocked to 5Ghz rock stable. You don't really need the master unless you want to use the features like the better onboard sound and connectivity options. Gigabyte Z390 this round even for their lower end basic boards have really beefed up VRMs. You won't go wrong but for 9700k, the Z390 Ultra is more than enough.
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Old 13-03-2019, 10:03 PM   #3
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So far, based on my research, the sentiment has remained more or less the same:


ASUS <=> GIGABYTE > MSI > AsRock...


All have their pros and cons but ASUS and GIGABYTE are the more recommended ones for their high-performance lineup?


Also, if I want to have more PCI-Express 3.0 slots that can run at X16 or X8, should I be looking at the X299 lineup instead? I am hoping to fit in an NVMe drive in addition to the 1660 Ti and I would prefer neither to suffer a drop in performance.
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Old 13-03-2019, 10:04 PM   #4
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I'm using the Z390 Ultra for the 9700k clocked to 5Ghz rock stable. You don't really need the master unless you want to use the features like the better onboard sound and connectivity options. Gigabyte Z390 this round even for their lower end basic boards have really beefed up VRMs. You won't go wrong but for 9700k, the Z390 Ultra is more than enough.

The onboard DAC looks appetising


I used to have a Centrance DAC and it was really good, but it overheated and died just a few weeks ago.


Want to see if this onboard DAC will prove itself worthy.
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Old 13-03-2019, 10:39 PM   #5
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Currently using MSI but my next will be a Gigabyte. They have improve so much in the last 3 yrs.
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Old 13-03-2019, 10:42 PM   #6
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I might need to relook my choices again lol.


May need to consider the X299 chipset if I want to maximise the full performance of the M2/NVMe Storage Devices and GFX cards. 9700 only has 16 so I am considering the higher end 28 or even 44 lane
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Old 13-03-2019, 10:55 PM   #7
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Might as well get threadripper. 60 lanes.
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Old 13-03-2019, 11:01 PM   #8
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Might as well get threadripper. 60 lanes.
contemplating this also. hmmmm...


but I have never used AMD so far,
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Old 13-03-2019, 11:20 PM   #9
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Ahem. 64 lanes. TR4. lol

Thats why i prefer TR4 platform for a purely m.2 drives.

3x pcie require 12 lanes
1x 10GbE ethernet 4 lanes
1x gpu 16 lanes

32 lanes liao lol. Is there any mainstream intel board out there can handle that amount of lanes?
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Old 13-03-2019, 11:27 PM   #10
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asus for now

next will be gigabyte or asrock cuz can "downgrade" bios without doing a dos stick
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Old 13-03-2019, 11:48 PM   #11
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MSI Z97 GD-65 -> Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 -> MSI Z97A Gaming 7

Next MB will likely be back to Gigabyte again for the solid VRMs and heat-sinks, unless MSI fix their current MB designs (which I find so-so).
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Old 14-03-2019, 07:44 AM   #12
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Ahem. 64 lanes. TR4. lol

Thats why i prefer TR4 platform for a purely m.2 drives.

3x pcie require 12 lanes
1x 10GbE ethernet 4 lanes
1x gpu 16 lanes

32 lanes liao lol. Is there any mainstream intel board out there can handle that amount of lanes?

I didn't want to think about AMD because I knew I would be put in this dilemma. DANG

AND, 3rd gen of TR is going to be released VERY SOON!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!


ARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH.


Yes, you are right in that you won't be able to find an Intel mainstream board giving you 64 freaking lanes. All standard 16 lol. The only way to have more than 64 lanes is to have 2 44 lane CPUs on the same damn motherboard, but that's gosh damn $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Thing is, I have never used AMD in my freaking life. Been a diehard Intel user all this while.

What should I take note of when I use AMD? (Other than having to re-install Windows 10 from scratch )
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Old 14-03-2019, 08:20 AM   #13
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I didn't want to think about AMD because I knew I would be put in this dilemma. DANG

AND, 3rd gen of TR is going to be released VERY SOON!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!


ARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH.


Yes, you are right in that you won't be able to find an Intel mainstream board giving you 64 freaking lanes. All standard 16 lol. The only way to have more than 64 lanes is to have 2 44 lane CPUs on the same damn motherboard, but that's gosh damn $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Thing is, I have never used AMD in my freaking life. Been a diehard Intel user all this while.

What should I take note of when I use AMD? (Other than having to re-install Windows 10 from scratch )
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Old 14-03-2019, 08:22 AM   #14
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Old 14-03-2019, 08:34 AM   #15
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I use all brands.. Which one is bang for buck is my choice
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