Guys help me choose between this 2 motherboards

darksoul12

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Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO vs MAXIMUS VIII RANGER
i wanna get an i7 6700K
and gpu gtx 980
if i bough ranger is it good ? or do i have to buy hero ?
 

Bearmann

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They are very similar. I believe that the Ranger has 2 less SATA ports. The Ranger lacks the fancy LED lighting of the Hero. The VRM's are different, but both use 60A chokes and 10K rated capacitors.

http://www.asus.com/us/site/motherboards/Z170/compare/
 

Bearmann

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I think that may be incorrect. The Ranger notes:

M.2 Socket 3 Type M
PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 mode
SATA mode

I think the fastest lanes are the ones from the Intel chipset. When all those lanes have been used, additional ones are added using the AS Media controller. The ones under the control of the AS Media controller are probably the two extra ones that the Ranger is lacking. The AS Media ones are generally slower than the native Intel ones.
 

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I have to be honest the specs are strange between the two boards, they are nearly identical except for that and as you said the lighting and VRMs. You'd think they would make the differences a bit clearer.
 

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