Not to hijack someone's thread but I will be getting a 9900k it looks like with my Intel employee discount.
I see the Auros and Taichi. I don't mind paying slightly more for the Auros. But I have been out of the game for a while. Since 2010 when I build my current X58.
I see that the PCI-E 3.0 but only 8x8x when running SLI. IN the future should I decide to go that route, wouldn't I be bottlenecking the cards with PCI E x8x8. I'm shocked that these higher end boards only give you 8x8x instead of 16x16x
Also what is this stuff about VRMs and does the Gigabyte Auros have enough for 5Ghz on a 9900k?
Maybe with a pair of 2080ti cards in SLI you might have issues. However I have not seen a problem with 980ti sli or 1070ti sli with big overclocks.
Everything recommended here are still good recommendations, the Aorus Ultra is a good choice. The Taichi is back down to a more reasonable $199 if you want to save a buck.
I just realized I never got any feedback on the MSI boards. How are those doing vs say the Gigabyte stuff? I was kinda eyeing them after realizing they support 4x USB 3.x front panel connectors where the Gigabyte does not and I'm probably going to end up with a CM H500M case which has 4xUSB3 front panel connectors plus the USB C connector.
MSI Meg Ace doesn't support IGP so if you want to use QuickSync or need to diagnose a GPU issue then you're SOL. Other than that it looks solid.
MPG lineup AFAIK is just Z370 with an updated "chipset," the VRM is a direct rip from Z370. Wouldn't pair it with a 9700/9900K.
Is it just bad VRM components? I was looking at the VRM breakdown chart that Anandtech has for about a dozen boards and the MSI Ace had the same specs except one less choke than the Gigabyte board as far as phases, doublers, etc. I don't know about the actual hardware differences in the components. Since I'm planning to use a 9700K though it sounds like I should stick with the Gigabyte board and forget the 4xUSB3 front panel capability. The only other board I've found with dual USB 3 headers is the Asus ROG XI Formula and I'm not paying $450 lol.