ASRock Z97m motherboard confusion


Motherboard vendors have so many identical motherboards and it is so hard to tell what does what. Asrock for instance has four nearly identical Z97M motherboards. Only with a detailed comparison can you see the difference:

  • Z97M OC Formula and the Fatality are both $135. There doesn’t seem to be any difference except for a “special USB” port (not sure what that is) and slightly different capacitors. So get the cheaper one.
  • Z97M Anniversary. This doesn’t have an M.2 port
  • Z97M Pro4. The main difference is only one PCI Express slot, so it is good for non-SLI configurations. That is for business professionals.

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