Differences between 3 Z370 Motherboards?

I will be buying a new rig very soon with 8700K and i plan to OC it.
i wondered what are the differences between these motherboards:

Gigabyte HD3, HD3P and XP-SLI.

well, the latter support SLI, thats easy.
but would one be better for OC than the others?

what about models from ASUS, MSI?
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  1. The three boards have different features. What is important to you? A SATA M.2 port? A VGA port? The type of sound chip? The white stripes vs the gray stripes? Those are the questions YOU have to answer.
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  2. ss202sl said:



    from the specs they are pretty much the same except the SLI support and the audio chipset, i already knew that.
    my question is about the things that the specs cant tell you, like OC performance.

    i dont care much about the audio chipset because i use external DACs and AMPs.
    i dont plan on SLI due to its current state but it could be a nice bonus.

    if these two things are the only differences i would just go for the cheapest one.
    Reply to Yonany
  3. kanewolf said:
    The three boards have different features. What is important to you? A SATA M.2 port? A VGA port? The type of sound chip? The white stripes vs the gray stripes? Those are the questions YOU have to answer.


    M.2 support is nice, i might upgrade my SSD at some point.
    video output isnt important as long as i get at least 1.
    audio chipset isnt important, i use external DACs and AMPs.
    aesthetics wont matter, its in the case, who cares :)
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  4. Yonany said:
    I will be buying a new rig very soon with 8700K and i plan to OC it.
    i wondered what are the differences between these motherboards:

    Gigabyte HD3, HD3P and XP-SLI.

    well, the latter support SLI, thats easy.
    but would one be better for OC than the others?

    what about models from ASUS, MSI?


    Among those three Gigabyte motherboards, difference in OC capabilities would probably tend to be dependent more on the quality of the 8700K chip you get and your cooling solution than these motherboards being compared. The HD3, HD3P, and XP-SLI have similar power phase design (4 + 3), and if I'm not mistaken, uses same Intersil ISL95866 PWM controller (https://be.hardware.info/reviews/7597/8/intel-z370-moederborden-round-up-17-keer-coffee-lake-intern-stroomvoorziening). They also have the same VRM heatsink (though the XP-SLI has those white accents on it plus an I/O shroud above one of the heatsinks).

    The main differences, as per you question, are as follows:
    +--------------+-+---------+---+-----+-----+-----+----------+---------------------------+---+-+-+---------+-------+-----------+-------+-+-------------+------------------+-------+-----+----+-----++
    |              |B|  POWER  |MOS|  2- | RAM |SATA3|M.2[KEY-M]|     PCI-E 3.0 x16    ADD'L|PCI| |W|RJ45@REAR|VIDEO H| AUDIO SP|J|BUTTONS|P| USB @ REAR U|HEADERS @ MIDBOARD|RGB LED|ARMOR|SIZE|PCB &||
    |    BRAND /   |I|-----+---|FET|DIGIT|Q+---|-----|------+---|Q+---+-----------+-----+GPU|-E |P|I|---------| |V|D|D| @REAR |D|A| @REAR |S|---+---+---+S|USB|USB|USB| |FAN/| STRIP |  @  |Ht.x|ACCNT||
    |     MODEL    |O|PHASE|ATX|HT.|DEBUG|T|RE-|(Qty.| QTY. |HT.|T|RE-|Max. Speeds|Multi|12V|3.0|C|F|   LAN   |D|G|V|M|-------|I|C|CL FLSH|/|TOT|3.1|3.0|B|3.1|3.0|2.0|T|PUMP|HEADERS|I/O &|Wdth|+ LED||REF.
    |              |S|(VCC)|12V|SNK| CODE|Y|INF|@90°)|3.0 x4|SNK|Y|INF|           | GPU |PWR| x1|I|I|CNTROLLER|P|A|I|I| CODEC |F|K|CMOS BK|2|QTY|C|A|C|A|2| C |19p|9-p|B|4pin|12v|+5v|AUDIO|(mm)|COLOR||LINKS:
    +--------------+-+-----+---+---+-----+-+---+-----+------+---+-+---+-----------+-----+---+---+-+-+---------+-+-+-+-+-------+-+-+---+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+-+---+---+---+-+----+---+---+-----+----+-----++
    |Gigabyte      |2|  7  |1x8|ALL|*LEDs|4| X |  6  |  1x  | X |3| X |x16/x4/x4  |3w-CF| - | 3 |-|-|1x I219V |-|-|1|1| ALC892|-|6| - | - |1| 6x|||0|4|2|  | 2 | 2 |-| 4x | 1 | - |  X  |305x|BK/GY||Gigabyte Z370 HD3
    |Z370 HD3      | |(4+3)|   |   | only| |   |(ALL)|      |   | |   |           |     |   |   | | |         | | | | |       | | |   |   | |   | | | | | |   |   |   | |    |   |   |     | 225|+ YLW||WEBSITE | MANUAL (12ME-Z370HD3-1001R, 2017/09/25)
    +--------------+-+-----+---+---+-----+-+---+-----+------+---+-+---+-----------+-----+---+---+-+-+---------+-+-+-+-+-------+-+-+---+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+-+---+---+---+-+----+---+---+-----+----+-----++
    |Gigabyte      |2|  7  |1x8|ALL|*LEDs|4| X |  6  |  2x  | X |2|1/2|x16/x4     |3w-CF| - | 4 |1|-|1x I219V |-|1|1|1|ALC1220|-|6| - | - |1| 8x|1|1|0|4|2|1*v| 1 | 1 |-| 4x | 1 | - |  X  |305x|BK/GY||Gigabyte Z370 HD3P
    |Z370 HD3P     | |(4+3)|   |   | only| |   |(ALL)|      |   | |   |           |     |   |   | | |         | | | | |       | | |   |   | |   | | | | | |3.0|   |   | |    |   |   |     | 225|+ YLW||WEBSITE | MANUAL (12ME-Z37HD3P-1002R, 2017/09/25)
    +--------------+-+-----+---+---+-----+-+---+-----+------+---+-+---+-----------+-----+---+---+-+-+---------+-+-+-+-+-------+-+-+---+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+-+---+---+---+-+----+---+---+-----+----+-----++
    |Gigabyte      | |  7  |   |   |  X* | |   |  6  |      |   | |   |x16/-/x4,  |2wSLI|   |   | | |         | | | | |       | | |   |   | |   | | | | | |   |   |   | |    |   |   |     | ATX|BK/WH||Gigabyte Z370XP SLI
    |Z370XP SLI    |2|(4+3)|1x8|ALL|*LEDs|4| X |(ALL)|  2x  | X |3|2/3|x8/x8/x4   |  or | - | 3 |-|-|1x I219V |-|-|-|1|ALC1220|-|6| - | - |2| 8x|1|1|0|6||  | 2 | 2 |Y| 5x | 1 | - | I/O |305x|Dk.GY||WEBSITE
    |              | |     |   |   | only| |   |     |      |   | |   |           |3w-CF|   |   | | |         | | | | |       | | |   |   | |   | | | | | |   |   |   | |    |   |   | only| 225|+ RED||MANUAL (12ME-Z37XPSL-1001R, 2017/09/25)
    +--------------+-+-----+---+---+-----+-+---+-----+------+---+-+---+-----------+-----+---+---+-+-+---------+-+-+-+-+-------+-+-+---+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+-+---+---+---+-+----+---+---+-----+----+-----++

    If you want to compare other models, check the comparison tables of Z370 motherboards here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3529650/z370-motherboards-lga1151v2-comparison-tables.html
    Reply to raisonjohn
  5. raisonjohn said:

    Among those three Gigabyte motherboards, difference in OC capabilities would probably tend to be dependent more on the quality of the 8700K chip you get and your cooling solution than these motherboards being compared. The HD3, HD3P, and XP-SLI have similar power phase design (4 + 3), and if I'm not mistaken, uses same Intersil ISL95866 PWM controller (https://be.hardware.info/reviews/7597/8/intel-z370-moederborden-round-up-17-keer-coffee-lake-intern-stroomvoorziening). They also have the same VRM heatsink (though the XP-SLI has those white accents on it plus an I/O shroud above one of the heatsinks).

    The main differences, as per you question, are as follows:
    +--------------+-+---------+---+-----+-----+-----+----------+---------------------------+---+-+-+---------+-------+-----------+-------+-+-------------+------------------+-------+-----+----+-----++
    | |B| POWER |MOS| 2- | RAM |SATA3|M.2[KEY-M]| PCI-E 3.0 x16 ADD'L|PCI| |W|RJ45@REAR|VIDEO H| AUDIO SP|J|BUTTONS|P| USB @ REAR U|HEADERS @ MIDBOARD|RGB LED|ARMOR|SIZE|PCB &||
    | BRAND / |I|-----+---|FET|DIGIT|Q+---|-----|------+---|Q+---+-----------+-----+GPU|-E |P|I|---------| |V|D|D| @REAR |D|A| @REAR |S|---+---+---+S|USB|USB|USB| |FAN/| STRIP | @ |Ht.x|ACCNT||
    | MODEL |O|PHASE|ATX|HT.|DEBUG|T|RE-|(Qty.| QTY. |HT.|T|RE-|Max. Speeds|Multi|12V|3.0|C|F| LAN |D|G|V|M|-------|I|C|CL FLSH|/|TOT|3.1|3.0|B|3.1|3.0|2.0|T|PUMP|HEADERS|I/O &|Wdth|+ LED||REF.
    | |S|(VCC)|12V|SNK| CODE|Y|INF|@90°)|3.0 x4|SNK|Y|INF| | GPU |PWR| x1|I|I|CNTROLLER|P|A|I|I| CODEC |F|K|CMOS BK|2|QTY|C|A|C|A|2| C |19p|9-p|B|4pin|12v|+5v|AUDIO|(mm)|COLOR||LINKS:
    +--------------+-+-----+---+---+-----+-+---+-----+------+---+-+---+-----------+-----+---+---+-+-+---------+-+-+-+-+-------+-+-+---+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+-+---+---+---+-+----+---+---+-----+----+-----++
    |Gigabyte |2| 7 |1x8|ALL|*LEDs|4| X | 6 | 1x | X |3| X |x16/x4/x4 |3w-CF| - | 3 |-|-|1x I219V |-|-|1|1| ALC892|-|6| - | - |1| 6x|||0|4|2| | 2 | 2 |-| 4x | 1 | - | X |305x|BK/GY||Gigabyte Z370 HD3
    |Z370 HD3 | |(4+3)| | | only| | |(ALL)| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 225|+ YLW||WEBSITE | MANUAL (12ME-Z370HD3-1001R, 2017/09/25)
    +--------------+-+-----+---+---+-----+-+---+-----+------+---+-+---+-----------+-----+---+---+-+-+---------+-+-+-+-+-------+-+-+---+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+-+---+---+---+-+----+---+---+-----+----+-----++
    |Gigabyte |2| 7 |1x8|ALL|*LEDs|4| X | 6 | 2x | X |2|1/2|x16/x4 |3w-CF| - | 4 |1|-|1x I219V |-|1|1|1|ALC1220|-|6| - | - |1| 8x|1|1|0|4|2|1*v| 1 | 1 |-| 4x | 1 | - | X |305x|BK/GY||Gigabyte Z370 HD3P
    |Z370 HD3P | |(4+3)| | | only| | |(ALL)| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |3.0| | | | | | | | 225|+ YLW||WEBSITE | MANUAL (12ME-Z37HD3P-1002R, 2017/09/25)
    +--------------+-+-----+---+---+-----+-+---+-----+------+---+-+---+-----------+-----+---+---+-+-+---------+-+-+-+-+-------+-+-+---+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+-+---+---+---+-+----+---+---+-----+----+-----++
    |Gigabyte | | 7 | | | X* | | | 6 | | | | |x16/-/x4, |2wSLI| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ATX|BK/WH||Gigabyte Z370XP SLI
    |Z370XP SLI |2|(4+3)|1x8|ALL|*LEDs|4| X |(ALL)| 2x | X |3|2/3|x8/x8/x4 | or | - | 3 |-|-|1x I219V |-|-|-|1|ALC1220|-|6| - | - |2| 8x|1|1|0|6|| | 2 | 2 |Y| 5x | 1 | - | I/O |305x|Dk.GY||WEBSITE
    | | | | | | only| | | | | | | | |3w-CF| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | only| 225|+ RED||MANUAL (12ME-Z37XPSL-1001R, 2017/09/25)
    +--------------+-+-----+---+---+-----+-+---+-----+------+---+-+---+-----------+-----+---+---+-+-+---------+-+-+-+-+-------+-+-+---+---+-+---+-+-+-+-+-+---+---+---+-+----+---+---+-----+----+-----++

    If you want to compare other models, check the comparison tables of Z370 motherboards here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3529650/z370-motherboards-lga1151v2-comparison-tables.html


    TY for the input.
    if OC is the same i guess i will go with the cheapest one as it satisfy my needs.
    Reply to Yonany
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