Looking for help with finding specific motherboard for my system

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by ralfidude, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. ralfidude

    ralfidude n00bie

    Jan 5, 2017
    Hello all, first time poster here (Referred to by a friend)

    My current situation is as follows:

    I will be buying the I7-7700K and overclocking it near 5Ghz or under.
    Due to my current older chipset I have to upgrade my motherboard for this 1151 socket.

    What I'd like is the new lineup of Z270 motherboards but I have a peculiar set of requirements that is making this extremely difficult.

    I was looking at the LONG list of new z270 mobos from ASUS and Gigabite but here is what I need:


    - On the back of the motherboard (I/O side) I need to be able to plug in at LEAST 5 USBs. (This automatically scratches out some motherboards)

    - On the mobo itself I need to have at least 2 x USB 2.0, and 2 x USB 3.0 headers (this HEAVILY scratches out other mobos)

    - Needs at least 6 SATA ports (I'm running 5 drives right now taking up 5 of my SATA ports on my current board, I'm a content creator among other things so drives are a thing with me).

    - In relation to the above SATA I just learned that if your mobo has only 1 M.2 slot, or if it has 2 and you use the bottom M.2 slot it may either SHARE or STEAL 2 of your SATA ports to work with it.
    Up to this point I was going to buy the ASUS TUF Z270 MARK 1 but then I saw it has only 1 M.2 slot and it WILL steal or SHARE two of the 6 SATA ports which is not acceptable to me. I want to get a Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB in there but as I previously mentioned I also have 5 drives I'm running, which takes up 5 SATA ports.
    So If I put the 960 EVO in the M.2 slot in this mobo, then I would be down 2 SATA ports... which means I'm one SATA port short for one of my drives...
    If this mobo had 2 x M.2 slots then I wouldn't have to worry since I would put the 960 EVO on the top M.2 slot and my SATA ports wouldn't have to get shared or stolen.

    As you can see from the above section I have a little bit of a demand here and after hours of research and comparison, I am just exhausted. If anybody can drop me a few suggestions to any boards that would fit my criteria, then I would be forever grateful.

    PS: I'm not a stickler for ROG LED lighting, I don't care if the mobo has it or not. Neither do I care too much about the audio quality of the board as I have an audio card I will be slotting in to this mobo.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. mda

    mda [H]ard|Gawd

    Mar 23, 2011
    The Strix Z270H seems to have what you are loooking for

    6 USB ports at the back
    8 USB ports mid board (4 USB2/ 4 USB3 so I suppose that's 2 headers each as required)
    6 SATA ports
    2x M2 slots that will take 2 NVME SSDs without taking up SATA ports (will only use SATA ports if you use a SATA M2)
    Note that the 950 and 960 series is not a SATA device so it will not use a SATA port when plugged in either slot.

    There are probably other boards but I took a look at all the Asus Z270s first and this was the first one I saw that fit the bill.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2017
  3. emmjawsX

    emmjawsX [H]Lite

    Nov 21, 2015
    A few of the Asrock boards would meet that criteria as well. Same deal as you mentioned with the ports being disabled with M.2 usage but there are 8/10 SATA port models.
  4. ralfidude

    ralfidude n00bie

    Jan 5, 2017
    Thank you. I will take another look through the Strix boards.