Nice review - mukang matutuloy na ako sa Aorus kasi gusto ko din talaga Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming tapos nakita ko tong Z370 GAMING M5 with free MSI headset pa.
Ang price difference is 3k so imbes na sa mobo sa GPU ko na lang ilagay un 3k na budget? hehe any inputs sir?
Actually, my suggestion is to go for the non-Xtreme version of the Aorus because at its price point of 40,960 it's the cheapest of the higher-end GTX 1080 Ti models. Here's a comparison of the 3 GPUs:
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X
Boost Clock / Base Clock / Memory Frequency
1683 MHz / 1569 MHz / 11124 MHz (OC Mode)
1657 MHz / 1544 MHz / 11016 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1582 MHz / 1480 MHz / 11016 MHz (Silent Mode)
Aorus GTX 1080 Ti 11G
Boost: 1708 MHz / Base: 1594 MHz in OC mode
Boost: 1683 MHz / Base: 1569 MHz in Gaming mode
Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G
Boost: 1746 MHz / Base: 1632 MHz in OC mode
Boost: 1721 MHz / Base: 1607 MHz in Gaming mode
Just in terms of overclock speed the aptly-called Xtreme Edition pulls ahead at 1746 MHz, followed by the vanilla Aorus at 1708 MHz, then the Gaming X at 1683 MHz. Since the vanilla Aorus is actually the cheapest of the three while being second fastest, it's the most bang-for-buck. Unfortunately it was last posted by P***b in early August so this might actually be out of stock. In the end, I think you won't actually notice any difference between the three because the difference is likely only a few FPS, so any of these GPUs will do. Cooling is also no problem with the three, so maybe aesthetics (and availability!) will dictate what you'll buy.
Regarding the Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming versus the Z370 GAMING M5, I did a quick peek at the two and they're pretty much identical specs-wise. The former just has more software bundled and fancier aesthetics/lighting so if you're just going for performance I doubt you'll notice any difference if you got the cheaper mobo.
-- edited by Peorth on Oct 18 2017, 01:27 AM