4 mid-range Z170 motherboards review

Four times Z170

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Introduction

A decent motherboard will cost you atleast 100 pounds. However if you want something with more features, you'll find yourself spending at least 140 pounds. In this review we'll be comparing four motherboards of ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI that belong in this price class.


  • ASRock Z170 Extreme6
  • ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger
  • Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5
  • MSI Z170A Gaming M5
 

The four biggest manufacturers of motherboards all offer models of around 140 pounds. We're testing the ASRock's Z170 Extreme6, one of the higher end Extreme boards. In contrast to the Maximus VIII Ranger from Asus, which is the lowest positioned Republic of Gamers motherboard. The Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5 and the MSI Z170A Gaming M5 are both found in the middle price segment of the two manufacturers. 

When compared to the cheaper models these boards in general have slightly more features, such as more overclocking options and M.2 slots. More attention is also paid to the design.

Motherboard Chipset Memory Type Form Factor Avg. Price
ASRock Z170 Extreme6 Intel Z170 DDR4 ATX 145 pounds
ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger Intel Z170 DDR4 ATX 140 pounds
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5 Intel Z170 DDR4 ATX 135 pounds
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 Intel Z170 DDR4 ATX 135 pounds

We're not going to reiterate on the features of the Intel Z170 chipset in this review, since the chipset has been out for quite some time now.


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