56points

ASRock H97 Pro4

85points

MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

ASRock H97 Pro4
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ASRock H97 Pro4 vs MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC
56
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85
points

Why is ASRock H97 Pro4 better than MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC?

  • Has a HDMI output
  • 77mm shorter
    195mmvs272mm
  • Supports USB charging boost
  • Has a VGA connector

Why is MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC better than ASRock H97 Pro4?

  • 1067MHz higher ram speed
    2667MHzvs1600MHz
  • 4 more fan headers
    9vs5
  • 4 more SATA 3 connectors
    10vs6
  • 4 more memory slots
    8vs4
  • 96GB larger maximum memory size
    128GBvs32GB
  • 3 more PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
    4vs1
  • 2 more USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)
    4vs2
  • 2 more memory channels
    4vs2

Top specs and features

General info

1.Easy to overclock
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.

For example

Asus TUF Z370 Plus Gaming

2.CPU sockets

1

1

The motherboard has more CPU sockets. Multiple CPUs are typically used in servers.

Best

Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5

4

3.Has WiFi
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

The device can connect to WiFi.

4.height

195mm

272mm

Best

MSI B150I Gaming Pro

170mm

5.Supports USB charging boost
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

This feature allows you to charge your devices (such as smartphones and tablets) faster than a regular USB port. Some implementations also let you charge through the USB port even when the computer is in sleep mode or off.

6.Has Bluetooth
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

Memory

1.RAM speed

1600MHz

2667MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

Best

MSI X299 Raider

3466MHz

2.memory channels

2

4

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

8

3.memory slots

4

8

More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

16

4.maximum memory size

32GB

128GB

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

1024GB

5.Supports ECC memory
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

For example

MSI E3 Krait Gaming V5

Connectors

1.fan headers

5

9

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.

Best

Asus Sabertooth X99

12

2.USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

2

4

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.

Best

Asus X79 Deluxe

8

3.USB 3.0 ports

4

2

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.

Best

Asus Z87-Pro

14

4.SATA 3 connectors

6

10

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

12

5.has a HDMI output
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

6.RJ45 ports

1

2

RJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.

Best

Gigabyte GA-6LXSV

5

Expansion slots

1.PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

3

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Asus P9X79-E WS

7

2.PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

1

4

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCIe 3.0 offers higher transfer rates than PCIe 2.0, and can give increased performance.

Best

Asus Prime X299-Deluxe

12

3.PCIe x1 slots

0

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x1’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

ASRock H61 Pro BTC

5

4.PCI slots

2

0

PCI slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. PCI has been superseded by PCI Express which offers faster data transfer rates, but many cards today still use PCI.

Best

Gigabyte GA-P85-D3

4

5.PCIe x8 slots

0

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x8’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Gigabyte GA-7PESH3

3

6.PCIe x4 slots

0

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x4’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 (rev 3.0)

2

Audio

1.audio connectors

6

5

More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

Best

EVGA Classified SR-2

10

2.audio channels

7.1

7.1

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.

Best

Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z5

10

3.Has S/PDIF Out port
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

Storage

1.Supports RAID 5
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.

2.Supports RAID 1
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

3.Supports RAID 0
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.

4.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

5.Supports RAID 0+1
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0+1 stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. This gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

For example

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 7 Pro

Miscellaneous

1.Has USB Type-C
ASRock H97 Pro4
MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

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