ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ Review
Even though you don't need to have most expensive motherboard to run a nice gaming system, don't overlook the need for the motherboard with more features than other motherboards might offer. With ASRock Z170, you will get plenty of options, some of which you might never use, but it won't hurt to have more options than less.
This particular motherboard works with 6th generation intel processors (Socket 1151). You can use this motherboard with lots of videos cards. It supports up to 4 Nvidia cards, or up to 3 ATI cards. You'll get 4 USB 3.1 (2 Type-C & 2 Type-A) and 8 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 4 Rear). Also you'll get a Front USB 3.1 Panel, allowing you to have ports at DVD drive location.
Getting 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec) is also a good feature.
Aluminum Alloy heatsink design makes the motherboard attractive for custom build windowed cases. The power phase design offers smooth power delivery to the CPU, unmatched overclocking capabilities, lower temperature for advanced gamers, and reinforced system stability for taking on all sorts of arduous computing tasks.
Couple cool things this motherboard have that makes it a very attractive option for custom built.
USB Key - Pretty much you can use a USB to login to your computer instead of password protected log in.
ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard) - With that software you can restrict internet times (limiting internet usage times for your children).
This motherboard have a built in video card, which is a bit odd in my opinion. If you want to have the system for gaming, what's the purpose of having built in VGA? If you are not into hardcore gaming, the motherboard with built in video card can still be attractive.
You can use up to 3 displays with his motherboard, HDMI output and mostly anything that other video cards offer, but the built in video card definitely will not be enough to support latest PC games.
There are almost too many features on this board. You will get two LAN ports in case you'll want to use another port for other network purposes besides the internet.
So it all makes me a bit confused. On one hand there are lots of overclock options, customizations, features, lots of different ports, some of which will be useless to most users. On the other hand, there is a built in video card which gamers and most other high end users will not be using.
The price of the board is very reasonable, at $190. What do you think about this board? Let me know.