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Hi i have the chance to get a motherboard through work either a
MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Intel Z97 (Socket 1150)
or
MSI X99S Gaming 7 Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
not sure what to do, i use my computer for 100% gaming, i will need to buy the cpu and ram, so the x99 is going to work out
more expensive and i have read the x99 is no better for gaming, which would you go for. i am also worried about buying this new
kit when intel Skylake is getting released next year.?
Will skylake be better for gaming than x99 or z97?

any advice

thanks
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X99S has the new DDR4 memory architecture.Has higher baseclock( 167 MHz) and Z97 has only 100 Mhz.Quad memory channel and Z97 has Dual channel.Has 8 DIMM Slots(Z97 has only 4).Maximum RAM memory 128GBs(Z97 has only 32). 4 PCI-Ex16 slots(Z97 has only 3).X99S has SATA Express(only 1, but it still counts very hard).It has 10 SATA III ports(Z97 has only 8).X99S has 4 USB 3.0 ports, but less audio ports.X99S has no internal graphics and no video ports( not a major drawback, because if you have enough money to buy this MB you can surely buy a graphic's card).You can do 3-way SLI/Crossfire on the X99S, not as on the Z97.In the end, MSI X99S Gaming 7 is worth the money.
post #3 of 13
There's always something coming out "next year", so that's no good reason to wait on anything.

The thing to consider is how long you plan on keeping whatever it is you get. If you want to keep it for several years, X99 will possibly be better due to the newer features, but if you're just going to upgrade in a year or two anyways, you can hold off on those features until they become more relevant.

DDR4 is also a bit of a factor, since if you get DDR4, you should be able to easily re-use it for your next build (assuming that's within the lifetime of DDR4), even if you need/want to add more to it.
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Hm.... I would simply just go with the Z97 platform if gaming is all you do with it. From what i have seen, DDR4 doesn't benefit gaming all that much. (Yet.)

And there is always something coming out in the future which will be a bit more powerfull and better. I would only wait for the new hardware to come out when it's no longer than 2 months before release.
Besides that, the performance increases aren't massive when a new generation comes out. It often makes small steps in performance bumps.

For now, Z97 appears to be the best option, also because you can upgrade it with Broadwell when that comes out. Plus you can save some money when not going with X99 and get a better GPU for example.
But it's your money and your system after all, do what you would like the most. This is just my recommendation.
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Hm.... I would simply just go with the Z97 platform if gaming is all you do with it. From what i have seen, DDR4 doesn't benefit gaming all that much. (Yet.)

And there is always something coming out in the future which will be a bit more powerfull and better. I would only wait for the new hardware to come out when it's no longer than 2 months before release.
Besides that, the performance increases aren't massive when a new generation comes out. It often makes small steps in performance bumps.

For now, Z97 appears to be the best option, also because you can upgrade it with Broadwell when that comes out. Plus you can save some money when not going with X99 and get a better GPU for example.
But it's your money and your system after all, do what you would like the most. This is just my recommendation.
+1
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Hm.... I would simply just go with the Z97 platform if gaming is all you do with it. From what i have seen, DDR4 doesn't benefit gaming all that much. (Yet.)

And there is always something coming out in the future which will be a bit more powerfull and better. I would only wait for the new hardware to come out when it's no longer than 2 months before release.
Besides that, the performance increases aren't massive when a new generation comes out. It often makes small steps in performance bumps.

For now, Z97 appears to be the best option, also because you can upgrade it with Broadwell when that comes out. Plus you can save some money when not going with X99 and get a better GPU for example.
But it's your money and your system after all, do what you would like the most. This is just my recommendation.

Total agreement here. Z97 is the best choice for you imho, unless you take the X99S Gaming 7 then sell it to generate more money for a Z97 build. That money would definitely help you out with the GPU or the DDR3 ram since there hasnt been a drop in price (that I know of).

I looked at a video on youtube and they showed that ram speed doesnt have a major effect on gaming; they dropped the speed to 800mhz (at which point ddr2 should have been faster) and they only lost about 10-12 fps which truly isnt that much though it is a big difference when your framerates are low to begin with.

EDIT: ok just realized that you already have ddr3 ram and an i7 2600k. My new recommendation to you is as follows:

- get the X99 board, then sell it.
- Use that money to get your Z97 board (is the Gaming 7 your personal choice?)
- keep using your current rig until Broadwell comes out
- Get a Broadwell processor - the i5K would be best cost wise for gaming
- Keep your stuff in a backup rig or sell it for $$$
post #7 of 13
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thanks everyone for advice

so i get the msi z97 board add a Intel Core i7-4790K 4.00GHz (Devil's Canyon) now
and later add a broadwellt cpu when it comes out,? will that cpu fit in the z97 board?

thanks again
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Total agreement here. Z97 is the best choice for you imho, unless you take the X99S Gaming 7 then sell it to generate more money for a Z97 build. That money would definitely help you out with the GPU or the DDR3 ram since there hasnt been a drop in price (that I know of).

I looked at a video on youtube and they showed that ram speed doesnt have a major effect on gaming; they dropped the speed to 800mhz (at which point ddr2 should have been faster) and they only lost about 10-12 fps which truly isnt that much though it is a big difference when your framerates are low to begin with.

EDIT: ok just realized that you already have ddr3 ram and an i7 2600k. My new recommendation to you is as follows:

- get the X99 board, then sell it.
- Use that money to get your Z97 board (is the Gaming 7 your personal choice?)
- keep using your current rig until Broadwell comes out
- Get a Broadwell processor - the i5K would be best cost wise for gaming
- Keep your stuff in a backup rig or sell it for $$$

is the z97 msi gaming 7 a good choice ? i can change it if theres better, just always liked msi?
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thanks everyone for advice

so i get the msi z97 board add a Intel Core i7-4790K 4.00GHz (Devil's Canyon) now
and later add a broadwellt cpu when it comes out,? will that cpu fit in the z97 board?

thanks again

Yes, that should work. (Most likely after a BIOS update though.)
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