61points

ASRock Z170 Extreme3

81points

Asus Z170-A

ASRock Z170 Extreme3
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ASRock Z170 Extreme3 vs Asus Z170-A

ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

Why is ASRock Z170 Extreme3 better than Asus Z170-A?

  • Supports USB charging boost

Why is Asus Z170-A better than ASRock Z170 Extreme3?

  • 1 more fan headers
    6vs5
  • 2 more USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)
    4vs2
  • 1 more DisplayPort outputs
    1vs0
  • 2 more USB 2.0 ports
    2vs0
  • 1 more PCI slots
    1vs0
  • 0.9 more audio channels
    8vs7.1
  • 1 more DVI outputs
    1vs0
  • Easy to reset BIOS

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General info

1.Easy to overclock
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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.height

244mm

244mm

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170mm

3.Supports USB charging boost
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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.

4.Has WiFi
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC

5.Has Bluetooth
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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

For example

MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC

6.multi-GPU

4

4

The number of GPUs supported when using a multi-GPU configuration. Using more than one GPU in parallel can give increased performance.

Best

MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK

4

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Memory

1.RAM speed

2133MHz

2133MHz

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

Best

MSI X299 Raider

3466MHz

2.memory channels

2

2

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

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

8

3.maximum memory size

64GB

64GB

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

1024GB

4.memory slots

4

4

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

5.overclocked RAM speed

3866MHz

3400MHz

The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.

Best

ASRock X299 OC Formula

4600MHz

6.Supports ECC memory
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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

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Connectors

1.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

2.fan headers

5

6

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

3.has a HDMI output
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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

4.DisplayPort outputs

0

1

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.

Best

Asus Prime Q370M-C

2

5.SATA 3 connectors

6

6

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

6.USB 3.0 ports

8

3

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

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Expansion slots

1.PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

3

3

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

2.PCI slots

0

1

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

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Audio

1.audio channels

7.1

8

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

2.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

3.Has S/PDIF Out port
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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

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Storage

1.Supports RAID 5
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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 Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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 Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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 Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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 Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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

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Miscellaneous

1.Has USB Type-C
ASRock Z170 Extreme3
Asus Z170-A

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

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