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So can anyone tell me what is the difference between these two most high end 1151 sockets motherboards of their respective brands.

Here are the manufacturers spec links for both boards

1) Asus Maxmius VIII Extreme :-

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS-VIII-EXTREME/specifications/

2) Gigabyte Z170x G1 Gaming

http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5478#sp
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someone ?
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someone ?

Pretty easy to set the comparison up on Newegg.com

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?CompareItemList=-1%7C13-128-833%5E13-128-833%2C13-132-637%5E13-132-637

TLDR:

Both are EATX board costing significantly more than the most expensive CPU you can pair either with, have more third party I/O ports than you can use on them and extreme overclocking VRM and CPU power delivery setup only worth their $$ if you LN2 overclock.

If I had to pick one for someone who got to spend that much on the Motherboard, get the ROG M8E because ASUS got better bios, Intel instead of Killer Ethernet port(not functionally better and eat up CPU usage for no benefit) and better M.2 slot location(not directly under a GPU slot).
Edited by sherlock - 7/31/16 at 9:50am
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Pretty easy to set the comparison up on Newegg.com

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?CompareItemList=-1%7C13-128-833%5E13-128-833%2C13-132-637%5E13-132-637

TLDR:

Both are EATX board costing significantly more than the most expensive CPU you can pair either with, have more third party I/O ports than you can use on them and extreme overclocking VRM and CPU power delivery setup only worth their $$ if you LN2 overclock.

If I had to pick one for someone who got to spend that much on the Motherboard, get the ROG M8E because ASUS got better bios, Intel instead of Killer Ethernet port(not functionally better and eat up CPU usage for no benefit) and better M.2 slot location(not directly under a GPU slot).
thanks for info man, i already have the asus maximus extreme ... but someone told me that the gigabyte g1 z170x has a better sound card and some PLX chip through which both sli cards run at x16 x16 ...
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thanks for info man, i already have the asus maximus extreme ... but someone told me that the gigabyte g1 z170x has a better sound card and some PLX chip through which both sli cards run at x16 x16 ...

It have a different integrated sound chip (Creative for Gigabyte instead of Realtek ALC1150 rebranded as Supreme FX for ASUS ), but difference between two motherboard sound chip is minimal at best and indistinguishable to most.

It is true you can do 16/16 through a PLX chip on Z170X(PCIE X16 slot 1 and 3) but PLX chip have been proven to increase latenc,y beside 8/8 don't bottleneck current gen card in SLI anyway.

Even taken those into account I would still prefer the ASUS board if I were you. If you want 16x/16x, instead of spending 480+350 on a 6700K on a Z170 board you should be considering $600 on a 6850K and a good $250 X99 board which give you true 16/16 and more PCIE lanes to play with( amount in $s, but I assume the price would be similar where you are as well).
Edited by sherlock - 7/31/16 at 1:29pm
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i already have upgraded to a 6700k and asus maximus viii extreme, i do not plan to SLI as my PSU Corsair RM750x is a bit less for 1080 sli i would rather go for another single 1080Ti in the future, one 1080 is quite good in 4K have been using it for quite some time now . I only had doubts about my current board maximus viii extreme because i heard gigabyte z170x its sound card was really good. But thanks indeed for telling me the difference between the sounds is minimal, i have a sennheiser game zero headphone and with extremes viii on board sound it is indeed very good. i was seriously considering thinking about switching from asus viii extreme to gigabyte z170x g1 gaming. but its white color made me not buy it in the first place.
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and can you tell me what is a m.2 slot ?
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and can you tell me what is a m.2 slot ?

It is that slot to the right of the 4 white screw holes below the chipset, That's where you plug in PCIE SSDs so that you can enjoy SSDs that are this fast.

Samsung SM 961 for example.


Edited by sherlock - 7/31/16 at 2:19pm
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It is that slot to the right of the 4 white screw holes below the chipset, That's where you plug in PCIE SSDs so that you can enjoy SSDs that are this fast.

Samsung SM 961 for example.

oh i have a samsung SSD 850 pro, its like a regular SSD . although the thing you are talking about below the chipset is there although i never knew it was a slots for SSDs. can you kindly tell me another thing my cpu psu 8 pin slot on the motherboard has another 4 pin slot next to it, so there are a total of 12pin psu slots for cpu on the motherboard, although i only use 8 everything is fine on 4.5GHz and 1.350V ...but i wonder sometimes why there are four more next to the eight connectors ...


Edited by SauronTheGreat - 7/31/16 at 2:44pm
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oh i have a samsung SSD 850 pro, its like a regular SSD . although the thing you are talking about below the chipset is there although i never knew it was a slots for SSDs. can you kindly tell me another thing my cpu psu 8 pin slot on the motherboard has another 4 pin slot next to it, so there are a total of 12pin psu slots for cpu on the motherboard, although i only use 8 everything is fine on 4.5GHz and 1.350V ...but i wonder sometimes why there are four more next to the eight connectors ...


For normal use just the 8 pin is fine. The extra 4 pin is also for CPU, but not needed unless in a Liquid Nitrogen extreme overclock bench test( we are talking almost 7Ghz and almost 2V on the CPU here). This board is what ASUS's Extreme Overclock Team use to set Overclock records.

For example

Edited by sherlock - 7/31/16 at 3:50pm
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