Agreed, I bought the Asus Z97I-Plus also, incredible board for the money ($153) and wonder why it is not included in the article. I have a good friend with the Maximus VII impact and that thing is a beast. It appears Asus and Gigabyte are not sampling boards anymore for articles so something must be up with all the changes here.I'm surprised ASUS didn't take part, their Z97 ac board is rather good,
though I bought the Z97I-Plus.
Plextor M6e, Samsung XP941, Samsung SM951 and Kingston Hyper X all blow away the performance of the top SATA drives. Plus m.2 is just getting started. We will see >3GB/s (and corresponding random I/O specs) before the year is out.I don't think M.2 is worth it yet. The SSDs aren't any faster than sata SSDs - so far any way.