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What is the current motherboard standard?

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I have an Asus P67 Pro 3.1 that I purchased in 2011. She's a good girl and she treats me right but I'm limited on upgrades since I wouldn't be able to utilize DDR4 memory with a Skylake chip. (or PCI 3 but that's not a big issue).

Back when I was in the game, and a much younger man (what 5 years will do to you redface.gif ), the P67 was being replaced by the Z68 but I skipped on it because I didn't need to use the Intel GPU.


Is Z170 the current standard? Or is it the X99? Why would you get a 2011 instead of a 1151?
Edited by jamor - 8/10/16 at 12:02pm
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Z170 and X99 are both current, but they are targeted to different budgets. Z170 is the current mainstream platform while X99 is the current extreme/high-end platform. There's also an H170 platform geared toward budget use. Back when you bought your P67 board, this would be much the same as P67 (mainstream) vs X58 (high-end) at the time.

S2011 (X99) vs S1151 (Z170) is up to you and what your needs are. Z170 is a good inexpensive platform to build around if the focus is on a 4C/8T CPU, dual channel RAM and single/dual GPUs with little other expansion. Generally, this should work great if you want a powerful gaming rig, for example. X99 is more for the power-users - 6C/12T CPUs (or more!), quad channel RAM, more PCIe lanes for multiple GPUs and other expansion cards, etc. This would also be great for gaming (albeit, can be overkill in some ways IMO), but is excellent for a workstation/production machine...say lots of virtual machines, multimedia work, 4K video editing, etc.

I hope that clears things up. smile.gif
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Wow thanks that was a great answer
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Wow thanks that was a great answer

Glad to help! thumb.gif
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