Help me choose a motherboard

Pijmzhchus

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I cant decide which I should go for. I'm choosing between ASUS TUF Z370-PRO GAMING and MSI Z370 KRAIT GAMING. Should I pay more and get Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming?
Also will all of these boards support 3200Mhz DDR4 Ram?
 

raisonjohn

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There are several differences among these 3 motherboards you are considering. Here's a comparison table where I will mark the best/favorable specs in Blue, the worst/unfavorable specs in Red, and leave unmarked the other specs that is "okay" or not much significant difference (or just equal to) compared to the other mobos' features, so you can make an informed decision on which motherboard is best for your priorities and money:
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║ ║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:
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Asus TUF Z37016 |1x8|ALL|*LEDs║4| ? ║ 6 ║ 2x | X ║3|1/3|x16/-/x2, |2wSLI| - ║ 3 |-║-|1x I219V ║-|-|1|1║ ALC887|1|5║ - | - ║1║ 8x|0|2|0|4|2║ 0 | 2 | 2 |-| 5x | 1 | - ║ I/O ║305x║BK/YW║Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming
Pro Gaming ║ ║(4+2)| | | only║ | ║(4/6)║ | ║ | |x8/x8/x2 |2w-CF| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║ | | | | | | ║ only║ 244║ - ║WEBSITE | MANUAL (E13395 1st Ed. Aug.2017, 2017/09/19 update)
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Msi Z370 ║ ║ 10 | | | ║ | ║ 6 ║ | ║ | |x16/-/x4, |2wSLI| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ Dual: | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║ | 2*| | | | | ║ ║ ATX║BK/WH║Msi Z370 Krait Gaming
Krait Gaming1║(4*2 |1x8|ALL|*LEDs║4| X ║(ALL)║ 2x | X ║3|2/3|x8/x8/x4 | or | - ║ 3 |-║-|1x I219V ║-|-|1|1║ALC1220|1|5║ - | - ║1║ 8x|1|1|0|4|2║ 0 |*1@| 2 |-| 6x | 1 | - ║ I/O ║305x║ + ║WEBSITE
║ ║ ║+1+1)| | | only║ | ║ ║ | ║ | | |3w-CF| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║ |90°| | | | | ║ only║ 244║ RGBMANUAL (E7B46v1.0, 2017/08, 1st release)
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Gigabyte ║ ║ 7 | | | ║ | ║ 6 ║ | ║ | |x16/-/x4, |2wSLI| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║1**| | | | | | 2*║ ║ ATX║BK/GY║Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming
Z370 Aorus2║(4+3)|1x8|ALL|*LEDs║4|YES║(4/6)║ 2x | X ║3|2/3|x8/x8/x4 | or | - ║ 3 |-║-|1x I219V ║-|-|1|1║ALC1220|1|5║ - | - ║1║ 8x|1|1|0|4|2║**v| 1 | 2 |Y| 6x | 2 |5V/I/O ║305x║ + ║WEBSITE
Ultra Gaming ║ ║ | | | only║ | ║ ║ | ║ | | |3w-CF| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║3.0| | | | | |12Vonly║ 244║ RGBMANUAL (12ME-Z37AULG-1002R, 2017/09/25)
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The above comparison shows that the best features of the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming are: Dual BIOS, Reinforced RAM slots, Reinforced PCIe slots, supports up to 3-way AMD CrossFire, latest audio codec, high number of fan headers and RGB LED strip headers. It also has RGB LED lighting. It's drawback is that it only has 1x USB3.0 internal header and only has a 1x USB3.0 (not USB3.1) Type-C internal header.

The Msi Z370 Krait Gaming's best features are: high number of power phases (better/cleaner voltage regulation in OC), all of its SATA ports are oriented in 90-degree layout (better cable routing), Reinforced PCIe slots, supports up to 3-way AMD CrossFire, has Dual Audio with the latest codec, has 2x USB3.0 internal header (with 1x oriented in 90-degree layout for better cable management), and high number of fan headers. It also has RGB LED lighting. It's drawback is it's lack of USB3.1 internal header (similar with the other motherboards being compared).

The Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming has the least features among the 3 motherboards. Though it also supports 2-way SLI, the 3rd PCIe slot only runs up to a max. of x2 speeds, therefore, can only do up to 3-way CrossFire (not 3-way). Only one of the PCIe x16 slot is reinforced while the two are not. It also has a slightly lower version of the Audio Codec (using Realtek ALC887 instead of the ALC1220). It lacks the USB3.1 internal header (like the 2 other boards) but has 2x USB3.0 internal header (but none are oriented in 90-degree layout, unlike in Msi).

Among the three mobos, I would categorize the Msi Z370 Krait Gaming and the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming as higher-tiered (Mainstream), while the Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming as lower-tiered (Value). As to which specific motherboard model you will choose among the three, entirely depends on which ports, connections, and features you want and need. Aesthetics (color of the mobo) also play into your decision if that is one of your priorities.

All these motherboards support 3200MHz DDR4 RAM (up to 4000+MHz actually) and supports XMP, refer to manual links at the above tables.
 

Pijmzhchus

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Jul 28, 2016
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Do these motherboards support XMP 2.0?
 

raisonjohn

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There are several differences among these 3 motherboards you are considering. Here's a comparison table where I will mark the best/favorable specs in Blue, the worst/unfavorable specs in Red, and leave unmarked the other specs that is "okay" or not much significant difference (or just equal to) compared to the other mobos' features, so you can make an informed decision on which motherboard is best for your priorities and money:
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║ ║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:
╠══════════════╬═╬═════╪═══╪═══╪═════╬═╪═══╬═════╬══════╪═══╬═╪═══╪═══════════╪═════╪═══╬═══╪═╬═╪═════════╬═╪═╪═╪═╬═══════╪═╪═╬═══╪═══╬═╬═══╪═╪═╪═╪═╪═╬═══╪═══╪═══╪═╪════╪═══╪═══╬═════╬════╬═════╣
Asus TUF Z37016 |1x8|ALL|*LEDs║4| ? ║ 6 ║ 2x | X ║3|1/3|x16/-/x2, |2wSLI| - ║ 3 |-║-|1x I219V ║-|-|1|1║ ALC887|1|5║ - | - ║1║ 8x|0|2|0|4|2║ 0 | 2 | 2 |-| 5x | 1 | - ║ I/O ║305x║BK/YW║Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming
Pro Gaming ║ ║(4+2)| | | only║ | ║(4/6)║ | ║ | |x8/x8/x2 |2w-CF| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║ | | | | | | ║ only║ 244║ - ║WEBSITE | MANUAL (E13395 1st Ed. Aug.2017, 2017/09/19 update)
╠══════════════╬═╬═════╪═══╪═══╪═════╬═╪═══╬═════╬══════╪═══╬═╪═══╪═══════════╪═════╪═══╬═══╪═╬═╪═════════╬═╪═╪═╪═╬═══════╪═╪═╬═══╪═══╬═╬═══╪═╪═╪═╪═╪═╬═══╪═══╪═══╪═╪════╪═══╪═══╬═════╬════╬═════╣
Msi Z370 ║ ║ 10 | | | ║ | ║ 6 ║ | ║ | |x16/-/x4, |2wSLI| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ Dual: | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║ | 2*| | | | | ║ ║ ATX║BK/WH║Msi Z370 Krait Gaming
Krait Gaming1║(4*2 |1x8|ALL|*LEDs║4| X ║(ALL)║ 2x | X ║3|2/3|x8/x8/x4 | or | - ║ 3 |-║-|1x I219V ║-|-|1|1║ALC1220|1|5║ - | - ║1║ 8x|1|1|0|4|2║ 0 |*1@| 2 |-| 6x | 1 | - ║ I/O ║305x║ + ║WEBSITE
║ ║ ║+1+1)| | | only║ | ║ ║ | ║ | | |3w-CF| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║ |90°| | | | | ║ only║ 244║ RGBMANUAL (E7B46v1.0, 2017/08, 1st release)
╠══════════════╬═╬═════╪═══╪═══╪═════╬═╪═══╬═════╬══════╪═══╬═╪═══╪═══════════╪═════╪═══╬═══╪═╬═╪═════════╬═╪═╪═╪═╬═══════╪═╪═╬═══╪═══╬═╬═══╪═╪═╪═╪═╪═╬═══╪═══╪═══╪═╪════╪═══╪═══╬═════╬════╬═════╣
Gigabyte ║ ║ 7 | | | ║ | ║ 6 ║ | ║ | |x16/-/x4, |2wSLI| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║1**| | | | | | 2*║ ║ ATX║BK/GY║Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming
Z370 Aorus2║(4+3)|1x8|ALL|*LEDs║4|YES║(4/6)║ 2x | X ║3|2/3|x8/x8/x4 | or | - ║ 3 |-║-|1x I219V ║-|-|1|1║ALC1220|1|5║ - | - ║1║ 8x|1|1|0|4|2║**v| 1 | 2 |Y| 6x | 2 |5V/I/O ║305x║ + ║WEBSITE
Ultra Gaming ║ ║ | | | only║ | ║ ║ | ║ | | |3w-CF| ║ | ║ | ║ | | | ║ | | ║ | ║ ║ | | | | | ║3.0| | | | | |12Vonly║ 244║ RGBMANUAL (12ME-Z37AULG-1002R, 2017/09/25)
╚══════════════╩═╩═════╧═══╧═══╧═════╩═╧═══╩═════╩══════╧═══╩═╧═══╧═══════════╧═════╧═══╩═══╧═╩═╧═════════╩═╧═╧═╧═╩═══════╧═╧═╩═══╧═══╩═╩═══╧═╧═╧═╧═╧═╩═══╧═══╧═══╧═╧════╧═══╧═══╩═════╩════╩═════╝[/pre]
The above comparison shows that the best features of the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming are: Dual BIOS, Reinforced RAM slots, Reinforced PCIe slots, supports up to 3-way AMD CrossFire, latest audio codec, high number of fan headers and RGB LED strip headers. It also has RGB LED lighting. It's drawback is that it only has 1x USB3.0 internal header and only has a 1x USB3.0 (not USB3.1) Type-C internal header.

The Msi Z370 Krait Gaming's best features are: high number of power phases (better/cleaner voltage regulation in OC), all of its SATA ports are oriented in 90-degree layout (better cable routing), Reinforced PCIe slots, supports up to 3-way AMD CrossFire, has Dual Audio with the latest codec, has 2x USB3.0 internal header (with 1x oriented in 90-degree layout for better cable management), and high number of fan headers. It also has RGB LED lighting. It's drawback is it's lack of USB3.1 internal header (similar with the other motherboards being compared).

The Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming has the least features among the 3 motherboards. Though it also supports 2-way SLI, the 3rd PCIe slot only runs up to a max. of x2 speeds, therefore, can only do up to 3-way CrossFire (not 3-way). Only one of the PCIe x16 slot is reinforced while the two are not. It also has a slightly lower version of the Audio Codec (using Realtek ALC887 instead of the ALC1220). It lacks the USB3.1 internal header (like the 2 other boards) but has 2x USB3.0 internal header (but none are oriented in 90-degree layout, unlike in Msi).

Among the three mobos, I would categorize the Msi Z370 Krait Gaming and the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming as higher-tiered (Mainstream), while the Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming as lower-tiered (Value). As to which specific motherboard model you will choose among the three, entirely depends on which ports, connections, and features you want and need. Aesthetics (color of the mobo) also play into your decision if that is one of your priorities.

All these motherboards support 3200MHz DDR4 RAM (up to 4000+MHz actually) and supports XMP, refer to manual links at the above tables.
 

Pijmzhchus

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Jul 28, 2016
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Thx for the amazing comparison! I went with the MSI one. Idk if I have usb 3.0 or 3.1 in the front... Is usb 3.1 compatible with 3.0 internal header?
 

raisonjohn

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You're very welcome!

The USB3.1 front panel ports are very rare and cannot be found on most chassis/cases, so, most probably, you don't have one. You *may* be able to use adapters to connect a USB3.1 port to your USB3.0 (19-pin) internal header, but, if you do so successfully, the USB3.1 port will only run in USB3.0 speeds (5Gbps) instead of USB3.1 (10Gbps).
 

Pijmzhchus

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Thanks senpai
 

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