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MSI Z270 SLI PLUS vs GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-UD3

Hey guys!

I'm building myself a workstation PC and I can't decide which motherboard to choose,
the GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-UD3 or the MSI Z270 SLI PLUS.

here are some components which I will include in the pc:

I7-7700k
GTX 1060 6GB
16GB Ram (Later 32GB)
Noctua NH 14 D air cooler
PHANTEKS Enthoo Evolv micro-ATX case
SSD: 250GB
HDD: 1TB

THank you !
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  1. Archimedas said:
    Hey guys!

    I'm building myself a workstation PC and I can't decide which motherboard to choose,
    the GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-UD3 or the MSI Z270 SLI PLUS.

    here are some components which I will include in the pc:

    I7-7700k
    GTX 1060 6GB
    16GB Ram (Later 32GB)
    Noctua NH 14 D air cooler
    PHANTEKS Enthoo Evolv micro-ATX case
    SSD: 250GB
    HDD: 1TB

    THank you !


    None, as both ATX motherboards won't fit in your mATX case.
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  2. why wouldn't it? the dimmensions of the case are 230 x 453 x 400 mm...
    it's actually huge compared to the mobo...
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  3. raisonjohn said:
    Archimedas said:
    Hey guys!

    I'm building myself a workstation PC and I can't decide which motherboard to choose,
    the GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-UD3 or the MSI Z270 SLI PLUS.

    here are some components which I will include in the pc:

    I7-7700k
    GTX 1060 6GB
    16GB Ram (Later 32GB)
    Noctua NH 14 D air cooler
    PHANTEKS Enthoo Evolv micro-ATX case
    SSD: 250GB
    HDD: 1TB

    THank you !


    None, as both ATX motherboards won't fit in your mATX case.



    wont fit this case?? : http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-mATX-TemperedGlass.html
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  4. It's not the size of the case. It's what the case supports. For example, even the NZXT Manta (https://www.nzxt.com/products/manta-matte-black) at 245 x 426 x 450mm is larger than some mid-tower ATX cases (even larger than that Phanteks case you selected). But it only supports mini-ITX motherboards.

    You should always read the fineprint and not only the physical dimensions of the case. The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv has different sizes:



    Enthoo Evolv ITX (Product Code: PH-ES215P)
    Motherboard Support: Mini ITX
    Here: http://phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-ITX.html

    Enthoo Evolv mATX Tempered Glass (Product Code: PH-ES314ETG)
    Motherboard Support: uATX, mITX
    Here: http://phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-mATX-TemperedGlass.html

    Enthoo Evolv ATX / Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass (Product Code: PH-ES515E / PH-ES515ETG)
    Motherboard Support: E-ATX* (up to 264mm wide), ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
    Here: http://phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-ATX.html / http://phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-ATX-TemperedGlass.html

    If you want to use those ATX-sized motherboards, you should choose the Evolv ATX model -- not the mATX nor the ITX models.
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  5. This is the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX case fitted with an ATX motherboard (same size as your two motherboard choices):

    Source: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/NQFdnQ


    This is the Phanteks Enthoo Evlov mATX case (you selected) and fitted with an mATX motherboard (much smaller than the two ATX mobo you wanted to compared):

    Source: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/m8J8TW

    Notice the difference? The size of the smaller mATX motherboard will fill up the Evolv mATX case (screw mounting holes, I/O hole, and expansion slots) as the total length of the mATX mobo will almost touch the PSU shroud at the bottom. There is no way you can fit an ATX sized motherboard in there. Even if you mod the screw holes of the mATX case, the expansion slots and I/O ports won't line up.
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  6. raisonjohn said:
    This is the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX case fitted with an ATX motherboard (same size as your two motherboard choices):

    Source: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/NQFdnQ


    This is the Phanteks Enthoo Evlov mATX case (you selected) and fitted with an mATX motherboard (much smaller than the two ATX mobo you wanted to compared):

    Source: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/m8J8TW

    Notice the difference? The size of the smaller mATX motherboard will fill up the Evolv mATX case (screw mounting holes, I/O hole, and expansion slots) as the total length of the mATX mobo will almost touch the PSU shroud at the bottom. There is no way you can fit an ATX sized motherboard in there. Even if you mod the screw holes of the mATX case, the expansion slots and I/O ports won't line up.



    Ok got it, I'll spend the 60€ more so I can buy the ATX sized case and fit in one of those two...in this case, which one should I choose?

    Regarding the case, will the NZXT s340 elite do? It does support both ATX and mATX mobos', also the CPU cooler I have will fit with just 1mm difference from the tempered glas...
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    Archimedas said:
    Ok got it, I'll spend the 60€ more so I can buy the ATX sized case and fit in one of those two...in this case, which one should I choose?

    Regarding the case, will the NZXT s340 elite do? It does support both ATX and mATX mobos', also the CPU cooler I have will fit with just 1mm difference from the tempered glas...


    The motherboard choice boils down to what connections/ports you need and what features/looks you want. The MSI Z270 SLI PLUS and the Gigabyte GA-Z270X-UD3 have these similarities:

    Both have Z270 chipsets (obviously)
    Both support your i7-7700K and other 7th-gen and 6th-gen CPUs
    Both have 4x DDR4 RAM slots supporting up to 64GB
    Both have 3x PCIe3.0 x16 slots that run in x16/x0/x4 and x8/x8/x4 modes
    Both are capable of 2-way SLI or 3-way CrossFire
    Both have 3x PCIe3.0 x1 slots
    Both have 6x SATA ports
    Both use Realtek ALC1220 audio codec (with 6x Audio Jacks at the rear panel)
    Both use Intel GbE LAN Controller
    Both have 1x USB3.1 Type-C and 1x USB3.1 Type-A ports at the rear panel
    Both have 2x USB3.0 internal headers (supporting up to 4x additional USB3.0 ports)
    Both have 2x USB2.0 internal headers (supporting up to 4x additional USB2.0 ports)
    Both require a 24-pin ATX cable and an 8-pin ATX12V cable from your PSU
    Both have 1x Serial Port and 1x Parallel Port onboard headers (not really used nowadays)
    Both are ATX-sized motherboards

    The main differences between these two motherboards, which will give you an idea of what you need and want, are:

    Msi supports up to 3800MHz RAM speeds | Gigabyte supports up to 3866MHz
    Msi has HDMI and DVI-D onboard video outputs | Gigabyte has HDMI onboard video only
    Msi has 2x M.2 sockets | Gigabyte has 1x M.2 socket and 1x SATA Express
    Msi has 4x USB3.0 and 2x USB2.0 rear ports | Gigabyte has 6x USB3.0 rear ports
    Msi has a total of 6x Fan Headers | Gigabyte has a total of 4x Fan Headers
    Msi has 1x RGB LED connector| Gigabyte has no RGB LED connector
    Msi has 1x PS/2 Combo Port at rear panel | Gigabyte has 2x PS/2 ports at rear panel
    Msi is slightly wider at 305mm x 244mm | Gigabyte is slightly narrower at 305mm x 225mm
    Msi has single BIOS | Gigabyte has Dual Bios support (exclusive)
    Msi has 4x SATA ports in 90-degree orientation | Gigabyte has all 6x SATA in 90-degree
    Msi has "open"/exposed on-board pins | Gigabyte has "enclosed"/protected on-board pins
    Msi has no diagnostic LEDs | Gigabyte has diagnostic LEDs (cpu, dram, vga, boot)

    Both motherboards are good for the components you will use, it's a matter of preference based on the similarities and differences I outlined above which one you prefer. For example, are you going to use 2x M.2 drives in the future? Then, get the MSI. Do you need more USB3.0 ports? Then, the Gigabyte is your choice. Personally, specs-for-specs, I like the Gigabyte more (enclosed pins, diagnostic LEDs, and Dual BIOS) as I don't need more than 4x fan headers, no need for RGB LED connectors, and I like all SATA ports configured in 90-degree orientation (parallel to the motherboard) for better cable routing.

    As for the CPU Cooler and your Case:

    The Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler will nicely fit with no problems in the Phanteks Evolv ATX Tempered Glass case. Here's a sample build using the Noctua NH-D14 in a Phanteks Evolv ATX Glass case: Source: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/B67hP6

    For the NZXT, it's going to be a bit snuggly fit on the S340 / S340 Elite though (you can read some info and possible issues here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1510937/toms-nzxt-s340-revealed/260)
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  8. Do you recommend any other mobo with the similar price range? I like both the enlcosed pins, diagnostic lights, but i will also need the rgb led connector because i want to have a line or 2 of led on the edges of the mobo.


    raisonjohn said:
    Archimedas said:
    Ok got it, I'll spend the 60€ more so I can buy the ATX sized case and fit in one of those two...in this case, which one should I choose?

    Regarding the case, will the NZXT s340 elite do? It does support both ATX and mATX mobos', also the CPU cooler I have will fit with just 1mm difference from the tempered glas...


    The motherboard choice boils down to what connections/ports you need and what features/looks you want. The MSI Z270 SLI PLUS and the Gigabyte GA-Z270X-UD3 have these similarities:

    Both have Z270 chipsets (obviously)
    Both support your i7-7700K and other 7th-gen and 6th-gen CPUs
    Both have 4x DDR4 RAM slots supporting up to 64GB
    Both have 3x PCIe3.0 x16 slots that run in x16/x0/x4 and x8/x8/x4 modes
    Both are capable of 2-way SLI or 3-way CrossFire
    Both have 3x PCIe3.0 x1 slots
    Both have 6x SATA ports
    Both use Realtek ALC1220 audio codec (with 6x Audio Jacks at the rear panel)
    Both use Intel GbE LAN Controller
    Both have 1x USB3.1 Type-C and 1x USB3.1 Type-A ports at the rear panel
    Both have 2x USB3.0 internal headers (supporting up to 4x additional USB3.0 ports)
    Both have 2x USB2.0 internal headers (supporting up to 4x additional USB2.0 ports)
    Both require a 24-pin ATX cable and an 8-pin ATX12V cable from your PSU
    Both have 1x Serial Port and 1x Parallel Port onboard headers (not really used nowadays)
    Both are ATX-sized motherboards

    The main differences between these two motherboards, which will give you an idea of what you need and want, are:

    Msi supports up to 3800MHz RAM speeds | Gigabyte supports up to 3866MHz
    Msi has HDMI and DVI-D onboard video outputs | Gigabyte has HDMI onboard video only
    Msi has 2x M.2 sockets | Gigabyte has 1x M.2 socket and 1x SATA Express
    Msi has 4x USB3.0 and 2x USB2.0 rear ports | Gigabyte has 6x USB3.0 rear ports
    Msi has a total of 6x Fan Headers | Gigabyte has a total of 4x Fan Headers
    Msi has 1x RGB LED connector| Gigabyte has no RGB LED connector
    Msi has 1x PS/2 Combo Port at rear panel | Gigabyte has 2x PS/2 ports at rear panel
    Msi is slightly wider at 305mm x 244mm | Gigabyte is slightly narrower at 305mm x 225mm
    Msi has single BIOS | Gigabyte has Dual Bios support (exclusive)
    Msi has 4x SATA ports in 90-degree orientation | Gigabyte has all 6x SATA in 90-degree
    Msi has "open"/exposed on-board pins | Gigabyte has "enclosed"/protected on-board pins
    Msi has no diagnostic LEDs | Gigabyte has diagnostic LEDs (cpu, dram, vga, boot)

    Both motherboards are good for the components you will use, it's a matter of preference based on the similarities and differences I outlined above which one you prefer. For example, are you going to use 2x M.2 drives in the future? Then, get the MSI. Do you need more USB3.0 ports? Then, the Gigabyte is your choice. Personally, specs-for-specs, I like the Gigabyte more (enclosed pins, diagnostic LEDs, and Dual BIOS) as I don't need more than 4x fan headers, no need for RGB LED connectors, and I like all SATA ports configured in 90-degree orientation (parallel to the motherboard) for better cable routing.

    As for the CPU Cooler and your Case:

    The Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler will nicely fit with no problems in the Phanteks Evolv ATX Tempered Glass case. Here's a sample build using the Noctua NH-D14 in a Phanteks Evolv ATX Glass case: Source: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/B67hP6

    For the NZXT, it's going to be a bit snuggly fit on the S340 / S340 Elite though (you can read some info and possible issues here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1510937/toms-nzxt-s340-revealed/260)
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