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I am trying to decide on a motherboard for a potential Skylake build (potential, because I haven't been able to sell my Haswell setup yet).

I am stuck between two options.

  1. Asus Z170I Pro Gaming
  2. ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming ITX/AC

The case would be the Silverstone SG13 case and the CPU Cooler would be the Antec Kuhler 620 with a 3000RPM GT AP29 fan for the time being. Also I plan to get Corsair LPX 3000MHz memory for the setup.

Things I want the motherboard to do

Note: priority is same as the order of the list
  • I want to overclock the CPU as high as the cooler and the case would allow. So I would like to have the board with the stronger VRMs, although I might not be able to fully utilize the board's potential due to the above restrictions.
  • Have very little input lag as possible. It would be great if I could disable HPET from BIOS, if needed.
  • Have great audio but stereo speakers and headset would do.
  • Not limit the PCI-E lanes to x8 to the GPU when a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 drive is installed
  • Offer international warranty if possible

Things that I don't want to base the decision upon.
  • I would only be using SSDs in the PC, and I think the extra 2 ports the ASRock board supplies won't be utilized. The maximum I would put would be 4 SSDs, but I might have another rig by that time. So don't base the decision on it.
  • Price. Because they are almost the same price.
  • Color schemes.

So which motherboard would suit me?
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Not limit the PCI-E lanes to x8 to the GPU when a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 drive is installed

That shouldn't be the case with any Z170 motherboard, the PCh supplies more than enough lanes to have three full speed M.2 slots without affect CPU lanes.
    
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

Not limit the PCI-E lanes to x8 to the GPU when a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 drive is installed

That shouldn't be the case with any Z170 motherboard, the PCh supplies more than enough lanes to have three full speed M.2 slots without affect CPU lanes.
Well, I know it shouldn't but you know these Mini-ITX boards. The designers have to make some compromises somewhere. There is probably no reason why a Z170 Mini ITX board cannot have a M.2 slot, but there are many boards that do not have one. Like wise.

If neither of these boards have that issue, then great.
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With some motherboards,one or two sata connectors might be disabled if the m.2 connector is used. You need to check the manuals.
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With some motherboards,one or two sata connectors might be disabled if the m.2 connector is used. You need to check the manuals.

Thanks for the response.

The Asus board has only 4 SATA ports so I guess it won't lose any more ports. The ASRock board might. But I won't need to use all 6 ports anyways.
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