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Asrock Fata1ty Z170 Gaming K6+ High End Motherboard $219 for Latest Skylake CPUs @MSY

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Don't know why this high end Z170 motherboard is so cheap like the Z170 entry level ones. According to staticice, cheapest is $285!! Just picked up one myself today at clayton msy. Few highlights / reasons why I pick this:
- a handy USB3.1 front panel, both type A and C
- 12 Power Phase design for overclocking
- three monitors support, two can go up to 4K resolution for future monitors
- m.2 and sata express
- dual bios
- multi GPUs support, both nvidia and AMD

First time to use an Asrock motherboard. I have done quite some research, but still feel like having a discussion here on a few questions with experienced pc builders:
- is Asrock a generally good brand for normal usage compared to other famous brands like Asus, Gigabyte? what is your ranking?
- since z170 is for overclocking, so how is your ranking for overclocking among these brands?
- this board comes with killer nic for internet, how is that compared to intel built-in one?
- did anyone successfully install OS X on this motherboard?
- how about OS X in virtual machine?

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  • +3 votes

    I'm using Asrock X99M Killer, and I really love it!
    The BIOS is easy to read, and easy to OC.
    Generally I will recommend Asrock as they are cheaper, and in some cases, even better than Gigabyte and Asus!

  • +2 votes

    Perhapse you should have made a forum post with your questions then a post with the deal and referenced one in the other?

  • +1 vote

    I have a sad allegiance to Asrock. I have had about half a dozen of them in the last few years. They are fine for the money and they have nice features. They probably arent as overclockable as Asus/GA but eh, I'm too old for that shit.

    Asus and Gigabyte ride on their fanboys and reputation.

  • +3 votes

    Help you god if you ever have a warranty claim

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    $234.51 delivered (at least for me) since hardly any stock in stores.

  • +2 votes

    It's a clearance item so it's been marked down and is likely never to be restocked. Good price though if you can find one!

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    I've never had any problems (touch wood) with my Asrock boards, and theyve all had decent overclocks..
    Good price!

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    I'd stay away from Asrock, asus all the way for me.

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    I had an asrock, lastest 5 years. So when it came time to replace for new skylake and I saw that they were the cheapest that supported high clocked ram, I had no problems ordering another.

    I have the K4 of this series.

  • +1 vote

    I have an old ASRock motherboard that just keeps working whereas I've had many ASUS and one Gigabyte die over the years so I try to avoid those brands depending on features and price - not easy due to their prevalence. ASRock also seems competitively priced however my experience is somewhat dated and anecdotal. The last motherbboard I bought was an Intel discounted run-out model short on features back in 2013 into which I installed a i7-3770 but it hasn't skipped a beat since running 24x7 even though it is desktop not server gear. I'd like to game and overclock but can't seem to find/make time and haven't felt the need to upgrade yet. I'd be comfortable with ASRock and certainly Intel for reliability/longevity though would want to check reviews/experience before buying because things (quality) can and do change over time/generations of products or even between batches.

    I can't address your other queries but I think this is a long enough reply post :-)

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    the bulk of the heavy lifting is in in chipsets and they are made by intel, realtek etc and Intel publish the design guides ……. so difference between brands is PCB and soldering capacitors etc …..
    so brand to brand components are probably 90% the same.

    batch problem and board layout is probably the biggest lucky dip ……

    I don't overclock ….. buy the intel CPU that comes with a fan and they never miss a beat……

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    I've bought almost exclusively Asrock mainly because I haven't had a problem with them. I had 2 that were brutally murdered by a bad batch of Silverstone Strider Gold power supplies. The motherboards were replaced quickly and without hassle.

  • +2 votes

    Finally I can get a replacement mobo that takes my still awesome AMD K6, 233mhz

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    Current Asrock motherbooard i have is a 990FX Extreme6 (yes i went with AMD) which granted i only bought a few months ago but has been working great.

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    Sold out online. And click on the stock availability button and it shows that the only store with this motherboard as in stock status is the Clayton VIC store, two other stores show low stock but i wouldn't count on that for accuracy.

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    I managed to grab one of these this morning…but the $219 ended up becoming $237 :(

    I understand the $13.52 Australia Post ripp off postage (assuming the weight is more than 500g), otherwise postage should only be about $8.00, but seems MSY added about $4.50 for 'handling' :( LAME

    But still cheaper than elsewhere..so I grabbed it anyway….just be aware of extra fees/charges that apply.

    Total products (tax incl.): $219.00
    Total shipping (tax incl.): $13.52
    Total $232.52
    Total plus handling fee/surcharge(not applicable for in-store pickup orders) $237.17
    MBIAR1LZ170GK6P ASRock Fata1ty Z170 Gaming K6+ Intel Z170 S1151/4xDDR4/3xPCIEx16/HDMI/DVI/USB3.1/ATX Motherboard 1 $219.00 $219.00

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    How does it compare to MSI Z170A Krait Gaming (performance) motherboard?

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      I did come across this one and compared them. quite few things come short:

      no front usb3.1, my old pc supports usb3, but only at the back, I find it too much trouble to bow and look for the orrect port among usb2/3 ports everytime

      z170 is for overclocking, it's 8 power phase vs 12

      One SATA express port is not enough, in this case, the bundled front panel is already taking one sata express

      the PCIE x1 slot underneath x16 is badly positioned, once a proper graphic card installed, the cooler will most likely get in the way, but not really a big deal

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    Download / run the older BIOS for this board, if you want to keep the ability to overclock non-K Skylape CPU's.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/asrock-removes-sky-oc,31147...
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/asrock-killed-overclo...

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      thanks for letting us know. How did you find the overclocking performance? Any problem with the killer nic?

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        Board runs fine. No issues with the overclocking. The killer Nic has been used in products by other manufacturers, so the drivers are mature and trouble free.

        Most probably Intel is behind the demise of this and other similar boards, as they have been pushing for the manufacturers to remove them from sale.

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          Yes it's all about marketing as who would pay extra for a K Skylake CPU when you could buy a non-K Skylake and overclock it in the BIOS sort of thing. Intel wouldn't want that happening so putting pressure on motherboard manufacturers to remove that ability from sale.

  • +3 votes

    OMG, just when I thought my new motherboard was on its way from MSY , I get this email :


    Dear Customer,

    Thank you for shopping with MSY.

    We are sorry to inform you, the MBIAR1LZ170GK6P ASRock Fata1ty Z170 Gaming K6+ Intel Z170 S1151/4xDDR4/3xPCIEx16/HDMI/DVI/USB3.1/ATX Motherboard you ordered is in not sellable condition (damaged, or warranty stock).

    Under this circumstance, we will offer refund of the whole order.

    We are sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.


    WTF ??

    :(

    Pookie

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    Yes, I suppose it could have been worse….it's annoying, back to the drawing board for a motherboard deal :(

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