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Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)
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memory slots
1600
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1600
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Supermicro C7Z87-OCE
3000MHz
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ASRock Z87M Extreme4 vs MSI Z87-G43 Gaming: 34 facts in comparison

1. Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

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.
115dB
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5: 123dB
115dB
33
0

2. overclocked RAM speed

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.
2800MHz
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming: 3400MHz
3000MHz
31
0

3. RAM speed

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
1600MHz
Supermicro C7Z87-OCE: 3000MHz
1600MHz
31
0

4. PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

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.
1
Asus P9X79-E WS: 7
1
30
0

5. PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

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.
2
Gigabyte GA-7PESH3: 8
1
30
0

6. SATA 3 connectors

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.
6
Asus Z87-WS: 12
6
30
0

7. Supports RAID 1

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.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
90% have it
30
0

8. has a HDMI output

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
78% have it
30
0

9. maximum memory size

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.
32GB
MSI Big Bang XPower II: 128GB
32GB
30
0

10. USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 2.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
4
Asus P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt: 10
4
29
0

11. memory slots

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.
4
Gigabyte GA-7PESH4: 16
4
29
0

12. Supports RAID 5

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.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
88% have it
28
0

13. Supports USB charging boost

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.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
71% have it
28
0

14. fan headers

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.
5
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force: 11
5
27
0

15. DisplayPort outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.
0
EVGA Z87 Classified: 2
1
27
0

16. height

33mm shorter.
277mm
Biostar A68I-350 Deluxe R2.0: 170mm
244mm
27
0

17. has a VGA connector

VGA connector is a widespread connector and is found on many video cards, computer monitors, and some television sets.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
38% have it
26
0

18. memory channels

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
2
MSI 990FXA-GD80: 8
2
26
0

19. USB 3.0 ports

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.
4
Asus Z87-Pro: 14
2
26
0

20. Has TPM connector

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component that greatly increases security. One example is that it allows encryption keys to be created in a secure environment, minimising the risk of a hacker gaining access.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
35% have it
26
0

21. Has S/PDIF Out port

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
72% have it
26
0

22. PS/2 ports

PS/2 ports are used to connect mice and keyboards. Although they have been replaced by USB, they are still useful in corporate environments where USB ports are disabled for security reasons.
1
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M: 4
1
26
0

23. Supports USB turbo mode

This can allow faster data rates over USB, such as when transferring files to an external hard drive.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
38% have it
26
0

24. USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
2
Asus X79 Deluxe: 8
2
26
0

25. USB 2.0 ports

More USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.
4
Asus P9X79-E WS: 10
6
26
0

26. PCIe x1 slots

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.
1
Biostar Hi-Fi H81S2 Ver 6x: 5
1
25
0

27. Supports RAID 0

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.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
90% have it
25
0

28. RJ45 ports

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.
1
Gigabyte GA-7PESH4: 5
1
25
0

29. Supports RAID 10 (1+0)

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.
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
88% have it
25
0

30. audio connectors

More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.
6
EVGA Classified SR-2: 10
6
25
0

31. audio channels

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.
8
Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z5: 10
8
25
0

32. DVI outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DVI.
1
Asus Maximus VI Formula: 1
1
25
0

33. multi-GPU

The number of GPUs supported when using a multi-GPU configuration. Using more than one GPU in parallel can give increased performance.
3
Asus Maximus VI Extreme: 4
2
25
0

34. width

0mm narrower.
305mm
Biostar A68I-350 Deluxe R2.0: 170mm
305mm
25
0

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