Originally Posted by gftgy
You can get the flagship motherboards from ASUS, MSI, EVGA, ASrock, and even Gigabyte themselves for less than that. That's absolutely ridiculous. I understand this board is feature-rich for an overclocking board, but it's not THAT feature-rich. Certainly not more-so than Gigabyte's Gaming G1.
You are also forgetting that it comes with a water cooling block on the board. If you were to go to EK, that would easily cost you another $50+ shipping just for the water block.
So no, even at $470, the price isn't all that insane for all that it offers. Is it higher than most people are willing to pay? Sure. But for some of us, it isn't an unreasonable price ... especially those of us coming from a GA-Z77-UP7 motherboard, which cost $399.99 when it came out. For $70 more, this comes with the water block, and has a TON of desirable features.
It WILL be my next motherboard, when I finally upgrade off my 3770K ... which, could be some time. Besides, it is a perfect match color wise, so I won't have to change any of the custom case, wire sleeving, fans, etc.
Also, the GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 board is looking like it is also a $470 board. ($473 at B&H Photo, $473 at Newegg, $466 at TigerDirect, $492 at SuperBiz, etc). So personally, it comes down to looks, and I like the black and orange over the white and red. There are a couple of other differences, number of ports, NIC chips, etc. so there are trade offs between the two.Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 11/3/15 at 11:45am