br0da, I think Fairchild and SM7341 is a situation of alternate suppliers.
Luckily ANYONE can find out without removing heatsinks on the Taichi/Fatal1ty i7. The memory phases are not heatsinked and unlike the ASUS ROG boards, there are the same (brand) mosfets for memory phases.
As such, I think that the Fatal1ty i7 needs to be downgraded to "top of midrange". Clearly the price is for 10Gbps LAN and other such things.
It seems the size of the mosfets on the Fatal1ty K6 and Extreme4 for memory is not the same footprint (i.e. not the same parts), so I think that is another major difference (as far as memory overclock).
(example Extreme4 review http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/topic/review/1084754.html
example K6 review https://www.techtesters.eu/asrock-z370-gaming-k6-review/
Originally Posted by tiango
For the regular joe that looks for a good bang for the buck and some reasonably oc, do you think there's much of a difference between a mid range msi mobo and an Asus one?
I like that the msi in general come with more usb ports and fan headers.
Particularly I think that the MSI Z370M GAMING PRO AC offers a very good bang for the buck (Wi-Fi and blue tooth, realtek 1220, sli), but I don't know if the oc capabilities would be much worse than the likes of the asus prime z370a or the strix z370h.
I'd be using it with a noctua nh u14s or a thermalright le grand macho rt.
If not delidding your CPU will hold you back more than the motherboard. For now the ~$160 z370 Fatal1ty K6 seems the best value (price/perf rather than outright cheap) ATX board. If you need wifi it has the wifi slot so you can just buy the card and slot it in.
At ~ $170-180 I wouldn't call the Z370M Gaming Pro AC a great value. If you get a variant with OnSemi parts at best it's on par with a ASUS Z370-A or STRIX-F. It's not a terrible value, but not a great one. I wouldn't even look at the STRIX-H , if you look at the Z270 STRIX-H variant it's a <$130 board
being sold for a price premium.
Originally Posted by Techhog
Does that mean that the Itachi might need to be downgraded as well, since it likely wouldn't have better VRM than a higher-end Asrock board?
I'll probably split them up into the Fatal1ty + Taichi with Fairchild
left as is & Sinopower variants on par with a top end STRIX. Nothing is definitive ; 8pack suggests Taichi is on par with the GB Gaming 7 / Asus ROG Hero and better than the ROG hero for memory overclocks. There's a reason why it is a preliminary
rundown. Edited by AlphaC - 10/16/17 at 12:32pm