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MSI Z170I Pro Gaming AC mini ITX Motherboard £125.74 @ Amazon

£125.74 @ Amazon
I am in the process of building a mini-ITX gaming PC on a medium budget and came across this on Amazon. Looks to be the cheapest out there, and if any of you managed to snag the Corsair Mini-ITX 240 c… Read More
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I am in the process of building a mini-ITX gaming PC on a medium budget and came across this on Amazon. Looks to be the cheapest out there, and if any of you managed to snag the Corsair Mini-ITX 240 case from Amazon @ just over £55 a week or so back, then this would be a great addition to your build.

- Supports 6th Gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
- Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory
- DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
- OBS Streaming software: Share your gaming achievements with the world!
- Game Boost: Generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button

More product details on the Amazon page.
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Great ITX board - only thing I'd say is it doesn't have USB 3.1, and doesn't support long M.2 drives. Would spend another £8 and get the equivalent Asus board if you need these features.
And even though Kabylake's out soon, these boards will get a bios update that will support the Z270 configs, so you should be able to use these boards with the latest Intel CPUs. Doubt they'll come down too much in price at the mo as well.
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I had issues with an Asus board in the past, so like most builders, you stick to the brands that have brought you trouble-less joy!

I was reading up on Kabylake yesterday... I can't remember who wrote the article, but they tested 6700k against the Kabylake equivalent and found that the performance was near identical. Obviously it's just one article, so can't base my entire opinion on it.
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Haha - yeah, I'd never use Gigabyte again for the same reason.
Agreed about Kabylake - looks to be a slightly faster clocked Skylake (which can be achieved on Skylake K chips anyhow). Won't be upgrading this time round :)
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SignalFireGames
I had issues with an Asus board in the past, so like most builders, you stick to the brands that have brought you trouble-less joy!
I was reading up on Kabylake yesterday... I can't remember who wrote the article, but they tested 6700k against the Kabylake equivalent and found that the performance was near identical. Obviously it's just one article, so can't base my entire opinion on it.

Of course the performance is the same as architecturally Kabylake=Skylake.
The only thing which has changed is the iGPU's media capabilities:
http://images.anandtech.com/doci/10959/1-11_575px.png
The only other differences is that the 14nm node has matured a bit and the max overclock is now more likely to be 4.9GHz vs 4.8GHz for Skylake. In other words, the kind of thing we used to get from CPU steppings.
On the desktop* these really should have been called i5-6690K and i7-6790K like Intel did with the Haswell refresh, or maybe i5-6695K and i7-6795K where the last 5 indicates the new iGPU.
Still, in the GPU world this kind of re-branding happens all the time: Nvidia are notorious for it (the low end GeForce GT 630 could be Kepler 1st gen, Kepler 2nd gen, or Ferni), but AMD do it too.

*Mobile Kabylake is more interesting as the process improvements means the 15W parts which used to throttle like mad are more likely to sustain their boost which can make a big difference especially in some of the extra-thin designs which can barely keep the CPU cool.
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Gkains
SignalFireGames
I had issues with an Asus board in the past, so like most builders, you stick to the brands that have brought you trouble-less joy!
I was reading up on Kabylake yesterday... I can't remember who wrote the article, but they tested 6700k against the Kabylake equivalent and found that the performance was near identical. Obviously it's just one article, so can't base my entire opinion on it.
Of course the performance is the same as architecturally Kabylake=Skylake.
The only thing which has changed is the iGPU's media capabilities:http://images.anandtech.com/doci/10959/1-11_575px.png
The only other differences is that the 14nm node has matured a bit and the max overclock is now more likely to be 4.9GHz vs 4.8GHz for Skylake. In other words, the kind of thing we used to get from CPU steppings.
On the desktop* these really should have been called i5-6690K and i7-6790K like Intel did with the Haswell refresh, or maybe i5-6695K and i7-6795K where the last 5 indicates the new iGPU.
Still, in the GPU world this kind of re-branding happens all the time: Nvidia are notorious for it (the low end GeForce GT 630 could be Kepler 1st gen, Kepler 2nd gen, or Ferni), but AMD do it too.
*Mobile Kabylake is more interesting as the process improvements means the 15W parts which used to throttle like mad are more likely to sustain their boost which can make a big difference especially in some of the extra-thin designs which can barely keep the CPU cool.

Thanks for that Gkains, interesting stuff :)
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There is an article on Techspot that compared benchmarks of skylake i7 K against tests they'd done previously based on sandybridge i7 k and in most tests there was only a 16% increase. Considering we're now 4 generations on, in terms of performance there isn't much in it. CPU clock speed seems to be the main determining factor for performance in most applications.

Today's generation of chips are however significantly more efficient and utilise less power equating to less heat and a quieter computer. This can also be said of chipsets, besides features, from a performance aspect there's little gain although efficiency is improved.

Edited By: furi0n on Jan 05, 2017 07:57: grammar

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