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Hi,

Just wandering what the actual differences are for 3 different motherboards.

Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero £230+
MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon £150+
MSI AMD X370 Gaming Titanium £290+

All are great boards - ROG speaks for itself but there is quite a difference in price and the MSI Titanium is even more expensive than the Crosshair VI

Any inputs on value and where £70 goes into Crosshair vs MSI Gaming Pro Carbon and likewise for the Titanium.

I can understand more expensive parts on some boards for better longevity etc.......but an extra £50 nearly for the Titanium over the ROG board

Is the Titanium BIOS just as advanced as ROG?

Any useful comments please - Thanks
post #2 of 5
They are 1st tier X boards and supposed to be better overclockers. However the price difference probably covers things like better components and current phase capacity (VRMs & MOSFETs).
 
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The XPower pricing goes for naming : a lot of people were surprised when the board used similar VRM to the Pro Carbon.

The Crosshair VI hero has over $2 each in VRM mosfets components over the $0.30-0.40 each mosfets on the Pro Carbon and Xpower Titanium. The CH VI Hero also has V-check points, external base clock gen, RPM/water temperature sensors, etc.

IMO: The XPower should be valued as a $180-200 board not $300. It lacks the v-check points, external base clock gen, OC dashboard, VRM , etc of the Intel counterparts.

Just this week the X370 Pro Carbon was discounted to $160 on Newegg ($179.99 - $20 with promo code EMCRECR35), which is a more fair price for it.

If you're talking about British pricing (https://skinflint.co.uk/?cat=mbam4&xf=317_X370&sort=p , http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/products/motherboard/#c=123&sort=a8&page=1), there's a bunch of boards I would look at:

ASUS Prime X370-Pro £ 140 <--- decent VRM

Biostar Racing X370GT7 £ 170 <--- top tier VRM , power/reset/clear CMOS buttons as well as Debug LED

Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 ~ £ 187 <--- not a great price , but it has Dual BIOS , RGB stuff, and power/reset/clear CMOS buttons as well as Debug LED

ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero ~ £ 215 <--- base clock gen + V-check points, top tier VRM power delivery , water pump flow and temperature

In the UK the Taichi is going for about 230 GBP which means it's isn't good value for money ; I wouldn't value a Gigabyte X370 K7 over the Crosshair VI Hero either. You can consider the ~£ 163 GBP MSI X370 Pro Carbon if you require a second M.2 slot , the only other boards with that are the Asrock X370 Fatal1ty K4 and the Asrock X370 Taichi/Fatal1ty Pro and Killer SLI (which has cheaper audio).
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Hi AlphaC,

Thanks for the input! - I'm just learning about the vcore + soc - the little chips around the cpu socket - Still confusing, but 12 power phases [or whatever] @ $2 each - means Asus puts money into their board.

How the boards are manufactured / engineered / what parts are used and from which company is knowledge another level up or more with the manufacturing process.

I suppose it means MSI with the X370 Titanium are masquerading at the top of the tree which is mis-leading [some] customers then if they are pricing their board above the Asus just for sheer profit.

Thanks for pointing this out - I've gone for Crosshair VI for durability and also got a BioStar X370 GT5 [pci slots]

FWIW I suppose also Asus with the ROG boards have a name and a reputation to uphold and be good to the customers so the customers can be good back bu buying them!!! specool.gif
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AlphaC, Hi,

You wrote a comment about AsRock X370 Taichi

In the UK the Taichi is going for about 230 GBP which means it's isn't good value for money

I''ve looked at this on AsRock website - There seems to be a lot of power phases - The Vcore and the SOC - In this respect it seems to have more phases than the Crosshair VI Hero - Are they rated as highly as the ones Asus have used? - Price wise it's very similar to Asus Hero
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