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It has been awhile since my last upgrade in 2011. Asus was the top contender for motherboard brand back then... Are they still as reliable? I am eyeing the Asus Z170-A right now, but the amount of selection is over my head haha. My main requirement is M.2 slot, but it seems like almost all the board I looked at have it so I am good there. I'm getting the i5-6600K so I am also looking for a board for good OC performance for the price. My budget is less than $200. Thanks
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I always caution against ASUS because they haven't been doing so well with there BIOS lately on X99, idk about other platforms....but mostly because of their crap tier support and RMA services(it's pretty well documented at this point that it is awful), I'd rather jump in front of a car than deal with them again for support/RMA.

EVGA/gigabyte/MSI all solid board makers in that order from my experience. I do not like the killer NICs on MSI boards, but i believe they don't all have them, just mine did.

Any board from those 3 with solid clean power delivery and a feature set that meets your needs that's 200 dollars or less is going to be alright.

I've heard good things about asrock never used them though
Edited by saintruski - 8/20/16 at 1:44am
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I do not like the killer NICs on MSI boards, but i believe they don't all have them, just mine did.

Gigabyte likes to put that garbage on their boards too, so choose carefully. The NIC on my z97mz-gaming board caused so much strife that I had to get a dedicated intel one and use up one of the precious PCI-E slots.
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I have chosen MSI and ASRock on the last 4 X99 builds I did. I do like the EVGA boards too.
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Is having an integrated Killer NIC card a deal breaker? I'm hearing mixed review on the forum. What specific problems do you have at the moment with the card? It seems like a lot of mobos from MSI and Gigabytes include this NIC card.


Newegg is running a 20% off deal for certain ASRock motherboards. I can get ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ down to ~$167 after MIR. The reviews look amazing, but I am hesitating because I have a negative stigma against them for making cheap parts...
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Killer NIC on my Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 seems fine so far, though I did only grab it a week ago. That being said, I also had some RAM issues where it would boot loop unless I only used one stick. Had to update the BIOS to the most recent beta to fix it so I could use two sticks, and I was just helping someone on reddit with the same issue on his GA-Z170-D3H, so seems the Gigabyte Z170 boards are pretty picky with RAM.

I absolutely loved my old ASUS mobo, but that was an old Z77 board, no idea how they are now.

The ASRocks seem to be reviewing pretty solidly these days though.
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Is having an integrated Killer NIC card a deal breaker? I'm hearing mixed review on the forum. What specific problems do you have at the moment with the card? It seems like a lot of mobos from MSI and Gigabytes include this NIC card.


Newegg is running a 20% off deal for certain ASRock motherboards. I can get ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ down to ~$167 after MIR. The reviews look amazing, but I am hesitating because I have a negative stigma against them for making cheap parts...

a Killer NIC isnt a deal breaker, Avoid the software at all costs for sure. If you have packet loss, ping issues, connection loss, then your experiencing what i had and you should buy an intel expansion NIC.

The ASRock Z170 Extreme7+, looks solid. Im not really sure theres such thing as a bad motherboard manufacturer these days, just bad support, RMA services, bad BIOS (EVGA had issues with this for a while in the beginning of using UEFI), and maybe features missing you may need, unless someones quality control goes down hill and they are shipping out batches of bad boards, if thats what you mean refer to my original post, avoid ASUS and all other brands are great.
Edited by saintruski - 8/20/16 at 6:46pm
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I work on a Computer Store, in the beginning i was on the RMA Deparment.
ASUS boards = Z170 fails randomly just stop working, no post no video but very low rate. H170 A LOT OF ISSUES especially the gaming pro model memory incompatibilty or random crashes after a couple of BIOS update start working fine. H110 / B150 OK for now
GIGABYTE board = Memory incompatibility especially in low end models, BIOS update fixed, lowest rate of issues in general.
ASROCK = We only sells low end models ... really low fail rate
MSI = Since the sells rate of this brand are low on Intel... i cant make any conclusion

Just my 2 cent thumb.gif
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I work on a Computer Store, in the beginning i was on the RMA Deparment.
ASUS boards = Z170 fails randomly just stop working, no post no video but very low rate. H170 A LOT OF ISSUES especially the gaming pro model memory incompatibilty or random crashes after a couple of BIOS update start working fine. H110 / B150 OK for now
GIGABYTE board = Memory incompatibility especially in low end models, BIOS update fixed, lowest rate of issues in general.
ASROCK = We only sells low end models ... really low fail rate
MSI = Since the sells rate of this brand are low on Intel... i cant make any conclusion

Just my 2 cent thumb.gif

Thanks for adding more data point smile.gif. Looks like I'll be looking at some Gigabyte and AsRock board
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On GIGABYTE high-end boards, most rare issues happens only if they have some "premium" sound chip or NIC. So try to get a more simple model with Intel NIC and Realtek. thumb.gif
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