slowriot wrote:Most of the stuff already noted i.e. chipsets used for ethernet, wifi, audio, etc. Overclocking features, etc. Fan headers and their placement may be important to you.
One thing I noticed looking through MSI site is the difference in USB options. I'm big on having as many USB 3.1 ports as possible right now. Another was the that some models have only 1 M.2 slots while others have 2. I'd go with a model that has two. Having that as either something to take advantage of now or in the future would be big IMO for streamers who tend to push hard on their PCs storage systems.
DPete27 wrote:I can almost guarantee that the Titanium is more than you need by just looking at it's price. IF you have the money and don't want to take the time to decide what you'll really use, go with the Carbon. It's basically got everything the Titanium has for $100 less. Use newegg to compare (i made the list for you there) it's easier. THe difference between the other 4 on that list is non-existent to me. TBH, The Gaming Plus has everything I'd need.
PS, I'm not convinced that dual M.2 slots are absolutely necessary.
DBofficial wrote:This is why I have been so confused, so many different boards, vastly different costs and 0.1% difference that doesn't reflect the price difference.
DPete27 wrote:PS, I'm not convinced that dual M.2 slots are absolutely necessary.
slowriot wrote:Honestly if you're not seeing value in features like 2x M.2 slots you should be looking at B350 based boards instead anyway.
The Egg wrote:Yep. Motherboard makers have gotten beyond ridiculous. If you look at just Skylake/KabyLake boards alone (Socket 1151), each maker has something like 60-100+ boards, with very little meaningful difference between them. I understand having low/mid/high/enthusiast level boards for different price ranges, but I can't see how such extreme segmentation helps their bottom line (or the quality control of each board and BIOS).
slowriot wrote:DPete27 wrote:PS, I'm not convinced that dual M.2 slots are absolutely necessary.
For a streamer? I think its very important personally. Especially if a person is considering keeping this board anything longer than 2+ years. I'd consider a NVMe SSD to be a top priority in such a build right away and having the ability to add another down the line as also high up their.
Honestly if you're not seeing value in features like 2x M.2 slots you should be looking at B350 based boards instead anyway. There's not much here that X370 offers you if you're not putting high important on the expanded storage options or PCIe lanes.
Dysthymia wrote:What about power delivery and overclocking ability? Is there no meaningful difference between most B350 and X370 boards?