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Which of these two z97 motherboards is better?

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https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97extreme6

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z97gd65gaming

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I'd go for the ASRock board as it has a better use of the PCI-E 1x lanes that aren't being wasted as most of them are not directly under the PCI-E 16x slots. For the ASROCK you get two more SATA ports and an extra ethernet port.

MSI:
- 1x Ethernet (Killer E2200)
- 1x MSata

ASROCK:

- 2x Ethernet (Intel and Realtek)
- 2x M.2

Here is a newegg review with some useful information:

Ignore the side mounted SATA port rant, that is personal preference issue.

Edited by benjamen50 - 2/6/16 at 3:45am
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At first glance, the MSI one. Looks like a slightly better VRM set up
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i7-960 Gigabyte X58 ADATA 2x2GB 1600C9 1.65V-1.5V Generic DVD 
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