Originally Posted by szeged
Asus really needs to seperate their gaming boards from.their overclocking boards. I bought the rampage 4 black for overclocking but paid probably a good $200 more than I should have for "gaming" features I'll never use.
MSI , Asrock, and Gigabyte already do:
Z87 gaming G___ vs Z87 Mpower/Xpower <--- includes MSI B85-G43 Gaming.
Z87 Fatal1ty vs Z87 OC Formula <--- includes ASRock Fatal1ty B85 Killer
Z87X Sniper vs Z87X-OC Force <--- G1.Sniper B5 ; GA-B85N Phoenix sort of has an orange OC aesthetic too
Overclockers are a small cross-section of the market so I suspect ASUS is just trying to pad their pockets with "Gaming"
Gaming boards by definition just have to have gaming
features like improved audio / SLI and Crossfire/ LAN / connectors (and maybe improved fan control as well), it doesn't entail pushing a CPU to 5Ghz or your memory to 2400Mhz+
Aesthetics alone for windowed cases could account for the price increase
Of these features I see:
Aesthetics change (ROG colors & changes heatsink)
8 phase VRM (who knows if it's TI NexFETS like Maximus VI Hero/Gene , may be Low RDS(on) like the normal Z87 gold colored ones)
shielded audio (8 channel)
QoS LAN (game First branding)Edited by AlphaC - 3/25/14 at 6:51am