So I'm torn between the ASRock B650E PG Riptide and the GIGABYTE B650 AORUS Elite AX. Both are around the same cost $230'ish and have an near-identical feature set for what I want:
The only difference is the Riptide has PCIe x16 5.0 and the Aorus does not. It would normally seem like the ASrock is an easy pick, but I can't help but shake the perception that ASRock is a cheap brand. My gaming PC is a Gigabyte Z170 from 2016 and its still rocking perfectly.
- PCIe 5.0 M2s, with heatsinks
- 6 channel direct (via reassignment is fine)
I know that it will be years before PCIe x16 5.0 is remotely relevant. Still, am I wrong? Is the Asrock brand fine now?
My feelings are that NVME 5.0 is about as relevantly useful as PCIE x16 5.0. ie Not. The only difference for me (and why I prioritize PCIE x16 5.0) is that over the lifespan of the motherboard there is a realistic chance that I upgrade the video card 2 to 3 generations from now (5-6 years)