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What Skylake MB´s are you using?

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Hi,

 

I am about to start simming again after a couple of years pause.

 

I am going to build a new Skylake PC around a 6600k CPU, a GTX980 and a couple of fast G.Skill Trident Z sticks.

My previous PC´s have been built with Asrock boards, that served me well - somehow I have sweet spot for Asrock.

 

What are you using? As I like longhaul flights with the CS 777 for instance, longevity/durability is important for me.

 

I will be using FSX/DX10.

 

 

BR,

Anders

 

 

 

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I'm running the asrock z170 pro4s with the i6600k and a gtx 970, same ram you've selected as well.   Pretty speedy little machine in my book.  I can never afford the top o the line when I build so this put me in a good spot $$ wise and got me pretty solid performance.

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I was originally intending the Asus Z170 Deluxe. But decided the extra features of the Deluxe wouldn't be used, so opted for the Z170-A. 

 

I always favor Asus. Great boards, great UEFI and a nice software bundle. Overclocking really easy.

 

Asus have been reliable for me, the only issue I've had over the years was a previous board that failed, and years ago, a system I built for someone else had a dodgy board from new, RMA'd it. Apart from that, no issues.

 

Failure rate is something that's difficult to quantify as Manufacturers don't quote any figures, so all we can do is consider our own experiences with a product and consider reviews on sellers websites.  

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ASUS Maximus VIII impact, recently changed to the bigger Maximus VIII GENE sibling because i'm switching from my 3x SATA SSDs to 2x PCI-E NVMe versions (less cables, faster speed).

 

Intel Core i7 6700k (4.8GHz) and 16GB DDR4 CAS16 at 3733Mhz.

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Hi,

 

I am about to start simming again after a couple of years pause.

 

I am going to build a new Skylake PC around a 6600k CPU, a GTX980 and a couple of fast G.Skill Trident Z sticks.

My previous PC´s have been built with Asrock boards, that served me well - somehow I have sweet spot for Asrock.

 

What are you using? As I like longhaul flights with the CS 777 for instance, longevity/durability is important for me.

 

I will be using FSX/DX10.

 

 

BR,

Anders

 

 

 

 

Whats your budget, and what sort of features do you require? Motherboards range from dirt cheap to mega expensive.  :smile:

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Hi

Thank you for the input. I really want a no-nonsense solid motherboard with a strong VRM for the CPU to keep it cool with a decent OC. As FSX only can benefit fron one GPU, I don't need 4 pci slots. As I also plan to get one big SSD for the OS and sim+addons, I don't need 8 sata connections either.

The more I think of it, the Asus Sabertooth comes into my shortlist.. Or maybe the Asus Maximus Gene.

 

Best regards

Anders

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Lifelong Asus junkie here. Always had great reliability and fantastic performance with Asus MB's. My last build on a Asus MB lasted over 6 years on a OC'd system that was on 24/7 for most of that time.

 

On my most recent build I went with a Asus Z170A but the board came DOA. Took it back to Micro Center to exchange but they were sold out of the Z170A's. Was gonna go with the Hero but I got a fantastic deal on a ASRock Extreme6. I've been quite impressed with this board so far. Coupled with GSkill DDR3400 ram it's humming along very nicely and stable at 4.7ghz. 

 

Still an Asus fan but nice to find success with other brands too.

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ASUS Z170-A here. It offered plenty of USBs, and fan connectors (i think like 6 of them). Easy to overclock in bios, and I prefer to do it manually. It's been solid for the $140 range, as I found that anything pricier included hardware that I didn't need. 

 

I was anxious about the number of negative reviews on a lot of Skylake boards but I was reminded by friends on this forum that most people who have good experiences don't bother rating the products, it's mainly the ones who have problems. Good luck with whatever you choose, the important part is to make sure that everything is compatible (i.e. check the qualified vendor lists for DDR4 compatibility and such).

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ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming.+ 6700k+ G.Skill Ripjaws V Red DDR4 2400 (2X8GB)

 

Same as mine, except I got the Z170I Pro Gaming (the mini-itx version).  I've used all the major mobo makers and ASUS has been my go-to for about the last 10 years.  This board has been perfect for all my needs.

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Asus Z170 Sabertooth Mark 1 win 7 ultimate 64 bits with no Windows update whatsoever. I didint even install sp1

 

6700k Overclocked @4.6 at 1.35 vcore, at that vcore 4.7 freezes when runnning cinebench.

4.8 an blue screen upon Windows start.

 

At 4.6 completely stable running Aida64 for more tan 3 hours max temps in the 60´s.

 

Ill think ill try 1.325 see how it goes.

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I've just upgraded my system, was offered a stupidly cheap deal on a 6700k setup.

 

Gone with the 6700k, 16gb Corsair 3200mhz LPX, and the Gigabyte Gaming K3 board.

 

Installed a fresh windows 10, and have what seems to be a stable overclock to 4.6ghz.  Just loaded P3D and had a quick blast in the F22.  Will try and get all my addons installed over the weekend and report back.

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You are wise your padawan... the force is strong in this one.

 

LOL!

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The Sabertooth Mark 1 is failing to boot on cold in the morning. Doesnt save the xmp settings and i need to press the memtest button.

 

Second z170 board that is giving me problems. The first one bein an ASUS z170 pro gaming.

 

I will change the psu, and ultimately try another sabertooth if needed.

 

If it still doesnt work properly im giving up on skylake all together and waiting for the next platform whcih hopefully will be more stable.

 

This hardware is a POS

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I take it you have done the obvious and installed the latest BIOS?

 

There's nothing wrong with the platform. It's not unusuall for new platforms to require a number of BIOS updates. Any new platform you tried would likely be the same.

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Not all motherboards support all RAM, you need make sure the motherboard supports the RAM you have. Most manufacturers list the supported RAM on their support pages.

 

I made the mistake of not checking compatibility before buying, and now my computer doesn't POST if I try to run my RAM on the XMP settings, I have to run it a bit slower.

It's my own fault for not checking compatibility first though. I will probably buy a new motherboard (probably ASRock Z170 Extreme6, which is one of few motherboards that support the RAM I have).

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Installed all my orbx scenery, ASN, Aerosoft Airbus Bundle, Aerosoft Twin Otter, Majestic Q400 etc and cranked up the settings to almost full on everything.

 

Stayed locked at 30fps, not a stutter, microstutter, anything.  Was smooth as silk.  Can't beleive the difference a 6700k with 1070 makes compared to a 4790k with 970.  Well happy

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