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MSI Z170A Gaming M7 vs Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

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I'd like to hear the opinions of the forum members, and hopefully owners. I've read both good and bad things about both boards, and I've only owned ASUS in the past, so I'm not inclined to either.

The MSI board is $30 CAD more expensive, keep that in mind.
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I'd like to hear the opinions of the forum members, and hopefully owners. I've read both good and bad things about both boards, and I've only owned ASUS in the past, so I'm not inclined to either.

The MSI board is $30 CAD more expensive, keep that in mind.

I havent owned either, ive only owned Asus too, but out of those boards the msi does have more vrm for the cpu but honestly once you get past 10 the perks are ungodly small, its 13 vrm vs 11 vrm on the gigabyte ( assuming im lazily counting right), though it really wont make a difference. aside from that they are pretty much identical, all same features, ports, slots. only other differences is that they have is different bio's. I'd kinda just go with the Gigabyte board to save some money unless you like the darker theme color of the msi. hope this aids a bit.
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The gaming 7 has been one of our most solid boards. In fact it just won newegg's customer choice award for the 6th time smile.gif


http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustVoteProductWinner.aspx
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The gaming 7 has been one of our most solid boards. In fact it just won newegg's customer choice award for the 6th time smile.gif


http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustVoteProductWinner.aspx

I'm debating between the Gaming 7 & and the Ultra-Gaming. Were the sound issues (noted here, here, but not here) solved with the Gaming 7? I haven't seen any response from Gigabyte on the Gaming 7, besides RMAs. Is it just a bad batch...that seemed to affect earlier purchases?
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I'm looking into the audio issue - from what I gather in the thread the most success was had with either letting windows install the driver or using that modified driver.
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I'm looking into the audio issue - from what I gather in the thread the most success was had with either letting windows install the driver or using that modified driver.

Just ordered the Gaming 7, where can I find this modified driver? Or whichever one Windows auto downloads?
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Just ordered the Gaming 7, where can I find this modified driver? Or whichever one Windows auto downloads?

We have not tested or endorse this driver, however here is the thread talking about it: http://www.overclock.net/t/1593375/creative-soundblaster-core3d-onboard-audio-loud-distorted-sounds-post-here-if-you-have-this-issue/100#post_25267241

I couldn't get the link to work however. In terms of the windows driver it will install automatically.
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What sound issue? Everything is working perfect on 24 bit, really nice quality sound, thats why i took 7 and not 5... smile.gif
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We have not tested or endorse this driver, however here is the thread talking about it: http://www.overclock.net/t/1593375/creative-soundblaster-core3d-onboard-audio-loud-distorted-sounds-post-here-if-you-have-this-issue/100#post_25267241

I couldn't get the link to work however. In terms of the windows driver it will install automatically.

Nice, will let Windows install all drivers save for MOBO and GPU. Say, which drivers should I download from the GB site?

I'm thinking of downloading all of them under W10 64-bit except for the Intel VGA Driver (who needs integrated right?) and the Intel SATA Preinstall driver. Do I need any of these?

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What sound issue? Everything is working perfect on 24 bit, really nice quality sound, thats why i took 7 and not 5... smile.gif

It seems to be a rare issue, but it is there.
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I'm looking into the audio issue - from what I gather in the thread the most success was had with either letting windows install the driver or using that modified driver.

I appreciate your efforts. In a weird way, you're making it quite difficult to pick between the Gaming 7 and Ultra Gaming now, haha.
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What sound issue? Everything is working perfect on 24 bit, really nice quality sound, thats why i took 7 and not 5... smile.gif

Well, it doesn't affect everyone obviously, but there are surprisingly long threads with lots of users talking about it here on OCN and Gigabyte's UK forums.
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