100points

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force

56points

MSI B250 PC Mate

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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force vs MSI B250 PC Mate

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate
100
points
56
points

Why is Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force better than MSI B250 PC Mate?

  • Easy to overclock
  • Supports RAID 1
  • Has WiFi
  • Supports RAID 5
  • Supports RAID 0
  • Supports USB charging boost
  • Has S/PDIF Out port
  • Supports RAID 10 (1+0)

Why is MSI B250 PC Mate better than Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force?

  • 800MHz higher ram speed
    2400MHzvs1600MHz
  • 32GB larger maximum memory size
    64GBvs32GB
  • 2 more USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)
    4vs2
  • 20.2mm shorter
    243.8mmvs264mm
  • Has USB Type-C
  • Has TPM connector
  • 1 more PCIe x1 slots
    3vs2
  • 1 more DVI outputs
    1vs0

Top specs and features

General info

1.Easy to overclock
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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.

2.CPU sockets

4

1

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

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4

3.height

264mm

243.8mm

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170mm

4.Has WiFi
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

The device can connect to WiFi.

5.multi-GPU

4

0

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

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4

6.Supports USB charging boost
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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.

Memory

1.RAM speed

1600MHz

2400MHz

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

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3466MHz

2.memory channels

2

2

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

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8

3.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.

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16

4.maximum memory size

32GB

64GB

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

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1024GB

5.Supports ECC memory
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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

11

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.

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12

2.USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

4

2

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

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8

3.USB 3.0 ports

6

6

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

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14

4.SATA 3 connectors

10

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.

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12

5.has a HDMI output
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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

6.RJ45 ports

2

1

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.

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5

Expansion slots

1.PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

5

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

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7

2.PCIe x1 slots

2

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 ‘x1’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

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5

Audio

1.Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

110dB

97dB

When an audio chipset converts a digital audio signal to an analogue one (for example when playing an MP3 on your speakers), a certain amount of noise is added. A higher SNR means that there is less added noise and the audio quality is better.

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127dB

2.audio connectors

6

3

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

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10

3.audio channels

8

7.1

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

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10

4.Has S/PDIF Out port
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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

Storage

1.Supports RAID 1
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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.

2.Supports RAID 5
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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.

3.Supports RAID 0
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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)
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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

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Miscellaneous

1.Has USB Type-C
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
MSI B250 PC Mate

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

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