Just as the title says, is the motherboard really important for gaming? What if you have a game that can’t even utilize the features of your expensive and high-end motherboard? You might be asking yourself “why did I spend that much money?”. Well, most likely you’re not alone.
How a motherboard is Important for Games.
Let’s suppose that someone presented to you two different motherboards with varying prices between them and asked you to choose one. Which one would you get in a heartbeat without any second thought?
From my personal experience, both gamers and non-gamers would choose the more expensive one even if it has less features than its cheaper counterpart because they believe in its ability to perform better than its cheaper rival.
In other words, people don’t usually buy the cheaper motherboard assuming that it won’t perform very well.
But how true this is?
This article will be focusing on if a motherboard really affects the gaming experience, and to answer this question, we would do some comparison between two motherboards: Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 vs ASRock X99M Killer SLI.
GA-X99-Gaming G1’s price ranges at $360 while ASRock X99M Killer SLI’s price ranges at $150 which is more than two times cheaper than GA-X99 Gaming G1. Surely when you’ve got such a huge difference in budget, there must be something wrong with GA-X99 Gaming G1 right? Isn’t it obvious that ASRock X99M Killer SLI would perform better?
But let’s take another look at these two motherboards to see what they have in common.
First, the processor socket is LGA 2011-3 which means both boards can support any Haswell-E or Ivy Bridge-E processors. So if you’re planning to buy a Haswell-E or Ivy Bridge-E processor, it wouldn’t matter who manufactured your motherboard. Both of them are manufacturer certified and will work just fine with your CPU.
Secondly, we’ll check out the memory slots for these two boards: 4 x DDR4 slots on GA-X99 Gaming G1 while 2 x DDR4 slots and 1 x DDR3 slot on ASRock X99M Killer SLI. Both of them support quad-channel memory running at 2800MHz or more.
Thirdly, we have three PCI-e slots on GA-X99 Gaming G1 while 2 x PCI-e slots on ASRock X99M Killer SLI. This difference doesn’t affect gaming too much because both boards can run graphics cards that require 3 PCI-e slot like the Asus Radeon HD 7990 which ends up drawing power from your system’s PSU via one of its 3x 8pin connectors and the other two are used for powering the motherboard itself just like your processor does. The third onboard 6pin PCIe connector is for the PCH (Platform Control Hub) so you don’t need to be worried about that.