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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.
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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
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Ek at least uses copper for their blocks. @akira749 was told by gigabyte it's an aluminum waterblock....
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Ek at least uses copper for their blocks. @akira749 was told by gigabyte it's an aluminum waterblock....

That could be an issue. But I'm guessing it is the same on both the Gaming G1 and SOC Force.
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Ek at least uses copper for their blocks. @akira749 was told by gigabyte it's an aluminum waterblock....

Where was that? The tweaktown review mentioned they were copper (though provided no evidence or source for that). We're getting conflicting reports.

Someone who has their hands on the board could find out what it is made out of with just a scale or an ohmmeter.
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Where was that? The tweaktown review mentioned they were copper (though provided no evidence or source for that). We're getting conflicting reports.

Someone who has their hands on the board could find out what it is made out of with just a scale or an ohmmeter.

This.

I can't believe that Gigabyte would use aluminum for it ... not on a $400+ board.

I'd really like to see proof either way.
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I thought Sin confirmed that the heatpipe is copper and the insides of the heatsink are nickel plated? No ALU contact and considering the fact that VRM's, especially at this count, don't even require active cooling... I can't see why it would be an issue.

What people are missing is that this is a true 4-way board. It's like the Z77X-UP7 and Z87X-OC Force, which were nearly the same price-wise.

Hopefully they'll bring out a board that forgoes the 4-way capability and maybe nixes some of the features like watercooling for a more affordable price.
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I thought Sin confirmed that the heatpipe is copper and the insides of the heatsink are nickel plated? No ALU contact and considering the fact that VRM's, especially at this count, don't even require active cooling... I can't see why it would be an issue.

What people are missing is that this is a true 4-way board. It's like the Z77X-UP7 and Z87X-OC Force, which were nearly the same price-wise.

Hopefully they'll bring out a board that forgoes the 4-way capability and maybe nixes some of the features like watercooling for a more affordable price.

As long as it's "Gigabyte Orange", I don't care. biggrin.gif
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Where was that? The tweaktown review mentioned they were copper (though provided no evidence or source for that). We're getting conflicting reports.

Someone who has their hands on the board could find out what it is made out of with just a scale or an ohmmeter.

From over in Akira's build log for Eclipse:
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Gigabyte told me it was all aluminum.
Thanks! biggrin.gif

Either way, one reviewer stating one thing, and someone else getting word directly from Gigabyte (after waiting to get confirmation) is a confusing message.
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