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Windows 7: Choice of z97 motherboard

05 Apr 2015   #1
tempApple

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Choice of z97 motherboard

EDIT:

I am thinking of upgrading my motherboard. I'm looking at z97 ones. Form factor: ATX.

I have some preferences:

• plenty of fan headers
• best sound for music/games
• no wifi
• nothing unnecessary: simple
• overclock support
• durable components
• simple nice bios.

Also it must be strong/sturdy, because it needs to be able to hold a heavy cpu fan (Phanteks ph-tc14pe).


Can anyone suggest any motherboards?


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06 Apr 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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06 Apr 2015   #3
tempApple

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

They look pretty spot on

Do you think it's worth upgrading from the Asus z87-a?
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07 Apr 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Could you post an Asus link, so I can compare the 2 boards

If I needed a board and had the money, I`d be all over the Mark S, it`s sweet looking.
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07 Apr 2015   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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07 Apr 2015   #6
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

If you need more than 6 SATA ports I wouldn't look at the Mk 1 Sabertooth. My recommendation would be to pick up a Sabertooth Z87 and flash the BIOS to accept the Z97 chipset (only because that's what Ive done!).
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07 Apr 2015   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Why not it has 8 ports, and he already has a Z87, he wants a Z97

But let`s not derail the thread.
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07 Apr 2015   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I must be getting my boards mixed up then, I could have sworn the Mk1 only had six SATA ports. And the part about getting a Z87 was a joke really, hence my comment in brackets at the end.
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07 Apr 2015   #9
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 



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07 Apr 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You are correct, that other port below it is what I was looking at, I guess that`s the sata express port, whatever that is.

1 x SATA Express port, black compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (whatever this means)

Strange they went from 8 internal sata plus 2 external on the Z77 to just 6 on the Z97, that`s just stupid.

Intel® Z77 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), brown
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *4
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller : *5
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red


Intel® Z97 chipset :
1 x SATA Express port, black*1
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s),
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *2
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : *3
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), beige
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