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    QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    It's Intel or Intel these days, so which of the two enthusiast platforms do you favour?
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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    I already upgraded from Z97 to X99, so my answer is X99.
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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    I was hoping you lot were going to tell us

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Neither it's all about the z68!
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    Cool Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    No, it's all about the X58! ;-p

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    I'm trying to bold... (clarifying this just ruins the *joke*)
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    No, it's all about the <bold>X58!</bold> ;-p

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Third time lucky?
    No, it's all about the **X58!** ;-p

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    lol how did you bold it in the end?

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Main rigs would be x99 (or it's replacement if it's not too far off). There's no point me upgrading to a platform that is limited to just 4 cores when I primarily use my pc for 3D work.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    X99...no brainer.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    I'd Go x99. Skylake doesn't offer enough of a performance boost and x99 has all those delicious pci-e lanes.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    For a full-ATX sized build I'd go for X99 - as a 5820K and x99 motherboard are not that much more than Z170 and 6700K, and not only performs on a par or better now, but allows more room for upgrades down the line, in terms of both PCI-E expansion and sheer number of CPU cores - up to 8 multi-unlocked cores with I7 5960x, or 18 locked cores with Xeon 2699v3 - not to mention the potential of Broadwell-E, so there will be the potential opportunity to significantly upgrade your system with a cheap second-hand CPU a few years down the line, like many on X58 were able to upgrade to a 6-core Gulftown.

    With Z170 you are limited to 4 cores, and will be lucky to see 6 with Kaby Lake or Cannonlake if they are even chipset compatible, so there is nowhere near the potential scalability.

    Z170 makes more sense for smaller form-factors though where you are limited to single-GPU, dual-channel memory and single m.2/u.2 drive by form-factor constraints.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    X99 for the extra lanes alone. The fact that you're not limited to 4 cores either puts it beyond question

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    X99. The new platform doesnt offer too much of an upgrade over Z97.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    Neither. Holding out for Skylake-E, which is no hardship given the lack of significant performance gains since I built an SB-E rig in the spring of 2012.

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    Re: QOTW: Z170 or X99 - which would you choose for a high-end rig?

    X99, no contest unless you have a tight budget or only game then I would go skylake. But if you use it for anything other than gaming X99 all the way.

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