I'm doing a new build and wondering if anybody here has some thoughts on these two motherboards:EVGA Z170 Classified K 142-SS-E178-KR ATX Intel MotherboardProduct.aspx
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) ATX Intel Motherboard
I'm leaning towards the EVGA for the following small reasons:
* usb ports - I know it's just one extra A type, but it's a 3.1 and while C is nice and all (and the future or whatever), I don't have anything now that will use it and I don't care that much (A connectors will still be common for at least the next few years, I'm sure)
* more SATA connectors - my current board had one die early on. I don't know how normal/abnormal that is, but I'm planning on having 5 drives and the safety/expansion ability would be nice.
I'm also a little nervous about the EVGA board for the following reasons:
* not a whole lot of reviews out there compared to similar mobos from other retailers, whether it's consumer reviews, benchmark tests, etc.
* They don't seem as focused on mobo manufacturing as GIGABYTE, which gives me automatic doubts about quality/reliability/support.
I definitely don't care about on-board audio as I have an external interface.
I'm hoping to use an M.2 for my boot drive, depending on cost factors. I've never done an M.2 before and some of that stuff still confuses me a little. Someone told me that on the EVGA board the M.2 slot shares bandwidth with sata connectors, which I haven't verified yet but seems odd (I thought they generally shared bandwidth with PCI-E lanes? Or does it affect both?). The GIGABYTE board explicitly states the M.2 connector shares bandwidth with the x4 PCI-E lane.
Any thoughts/opinions would be great! If you think there's a stand-out board at a similar price, I'd love to hear about that, too. Only thing is I'm planning to avoid ASRock because so far I've done all my builds with them and I'm keen to give something else a shot (ASRock has been pretty much fine, but I'd like to gain some knowledge and experience with other brands). Thanks for reading :)