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Asus ROG Maximus Hero VIII Alpha vs GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7?

Hello everyone. I'm finalising the build for my next high end pc, so now after case and fans, I'm reeeeally torn between the maximus VIII hero alpha and the gigabyte gaming 7 motherboards.

Both looks excellent choices. I cant really decide, so i was wondering if you can help me decide.
Budget not really an issuw dowb the road, and this is what im going to out inside them:

Windows 10 64 home
Case nzxt phantom 820, with all the 8 supported fans used (4 140mm noctua industrial af14 and 4 200mm cooler master megaflow200)
I7 6700k
G.Skill tridentz ddr4 2x8 3200mhz
Gigabyte gtx 1080 g1 gaming
Evga supernova 820 gold
Samsung MZ-V5P512BW 950PRO SSD M.2, 512GB,
Toshiba HDWD130UZSVA P300
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  1. asus is always a better choice for motherboards , if you want to own a gigabyte you can buy a gigabyte graphics card
  2. Ill buy the g1 1080 card, always bought them from gigabyte. But do you mean it would perform better on a gigabyte motherboard then ?
    Whats really the difference between the two ?
  3. Kaldgord said:
    Ill buy the g1 1080 card, always bought them from gigabyte. But do you mean it would perform better on a gigabyte motherboard then ?
    Whats really the difference between the two ?


    no i didn't mean that at all , asus is always the better choice when it comes to motherboards , but a gpu could be a bit different , gigabyte has better fans for cooling and it could really matter , at least when you look at the fans spinning you don't get the feeling you get with asus , i had a gigabyte gpu an hd 6750 i think about 4 years ago , and it does have superior fans

    but there are always computer shops where they take off your fan and replace them with liquid cooling , even in my country
  4. They are both good motherboards, what fits your color scheme best? Lol. I've read tons of reviews and benchmarks in both and I can't decide either. I'm in the process of building a rig almost identical to yours except for case/fans/optical drive and not sure exactly what aftermarket 1080 I'll use leaning towards the strix
  5. Best answer
    jimmyEatWord said:
    asus is always a better choice for motherboards , if you want to own a gigabyte you can buy a gigabyte graphics card


    Fanboy ;)

    ASUS are high quality but they're on par with GIGABYTE.

    Choose what you prefer the look of. I think Gigabyte's skylake selection is the best range of motherboards out there and you will NOT be dissapointed in what you order. Either way they're top quality boards but as a personal thing I prefer the asthetic of the Gigabyte.

    Another motherboard to look at could be the EVGA classified.
  6. Thank you for the inputs everyone, ive decided to go with the maximus VIII hero alpha:)
  7. -HH- said:
    jimmyEatWord said:
    asus is always a better choice for motherboards , if you want to own a gigabyte you can buy a gigabyte graphics card


    Fanboy ;)

    ASUS are high quality but they're on par with GIGABYTE.

    Choose what you prefer the look of. I think Gigabyte's skylake selection is the best range of motherboards out there and you will NOT be dissapointed in what you order. Either way they're top quality boards but as a personal thing I prefer the asthetic of the Gigabyte.

    Another motherboard to look at could be the EVGA classified.
  8. The EVGA classified are hot... glad he decided I wish I could lol
  9. Yeah, I unfortunately have become very fond of EVGA recently (with exception to the power supplies). They have such high quality in such a competitive price and their customer support is just unreal, I sound like a fanboy but the company ethics of EVGA are insane and they blow my mind consistantly especially with the new case they have previewed.
  10. word that case is hot
  11. What about the MSI Z170A Gaming M7 is it any good? I hear that MSI has better consumer support than ASUS.
  12. It's good but not quite as high quality as the Gigabyte or ASUS (I think)

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/luke-hill/msi-z170a-gaming-m7-motherboard-review/12/

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/luke-hill/gigabyte-z170x-gaming-7-motherboard-review/14/

    to compare the 2 it seems MSI do have better software however.

    Though I personally prefer the look of the Gigabyte board but I guess at this price point it's more personal preference
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