Intel 6th-Generation Chipsets and their Motherboards.

Greetings everybody, Meta here! I know I’m reaaaaaaalllllyyy late to the party now, since the 6th-generation chipsets have been released for like what, 2-3 months ago? Anyway, because of… schoolwork and stuff, I haven’t been able to write a new blog post for quite a while (and the one time I had time to write a blog post, I prioritized the review of the HyperX Cloud II instead… ._.), but now I’m here, to give you some info these new chipsets and some notable motherboards that use them. Consider that the chipsets blog post, Part Two.

Since I’m not one for long intros, let’s get straight to the point. First, the cheapest of the bunch,  that no one even knows existed:

H110 – For people who don’t plan to upgrade their whole rig

The H110 seems to be the successor to the H81 chipset, which means, like the H81, it’s in the cheapest series from Intel. That being said, it’s mainly for developing areas, and thus you shouldn’t expect much if you are trying to build a serious PC. To strengthen the point, let’s take a look at its specs. The H110 chipset supports:

  • 1 x 16 PCI Express lanes (however, only 6 lanes are actually active)
  • Up to 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • Up to 10 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 4 SATA 6 Gb/s ports

Well, ugh… those are some pretty depressing specs, to be honest. Not only is the PCI-E support pretty bad, with only 6 lanes and no support for SLI, the number of ports, USB and SATA likewise, are quite low. Moreover, it doesn’t support any technologies that you may care about, such as Smart Response Technology or overclocking. In short, it’s meant for people on a really tight budget, and it should really only be used by people on a really tight budget. Not saying that it’s bad, but if you are sitting there reading this blog post in English, I suppose you won’t be too interested in this chipset.

Another important thing to note: Unlike the other chipsets listed here, this chipset uses DDR3 memory instead of DDR4 memory, which… kinda makes sense considering how people going for these motherboards wouldn’t likely want to upgrade their RAM, I guess?

Interesting Motherboard: ASRock H110M Combo-G

H110M Combo-GHowever, like with everything else, there are exceptions. Not only does this H110M Combo-G from ASRock look pretty BADASS for the chipset (it’s even more well-armored than some H170 motherboards out there!), with a huge PCB heatsink and EMI shield and all, it also supports both DDR3 and DDR4 memory, an unique feature not seen in any other motherboard. Welps! Although it still has the mATX form factor like every other H110 board, this just might make it a good option for builders and gamers on a budget!

I haven’t been able to find the price for this board in the US, but I do know that it costs around 10,000 JPY on Amazon Japan.

B150 – The simple gamer’s choice

The B150 chipset is the successor to the B85 chipset, in the “budget business” series. As you should’ve known, although this series is marketed towards business uses, consumers still normally user them because of their affordable price, compatibility and user-friendly features. That being said, although the B150 chipset is still “budget” like the H110 (though not as much), it still has all the features that can satisfy anyone who’s not into overclocking, SLI, SRT or other hardcore tweaks:

  • 1 x 16 PCI Express lanes (however, only 8 lanes are actually active)
  • Up to 6 USB 3.0 ports
  • Up to 12 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 6 SATA 6 Gb/s ports
  • Intel Small Business Advantage

So yeah, compared to the H110, the B150 supports 2 more USB-3.0-capable ports, and also has 2 extra SATA 6 Gb/s ports. It also has 2 more active PCI-E lanes, which… wouldn’t help much if you only care about graphics cards, but it WOULD help if you fancy plugging extra sound cards or PCI-E SSDs or other PCI-E expansion cards such as USB 3.1 cards or all that jazz. It also has that Small Business Advantage which uh… no one cares about. Seriously. ._.

Interesting Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper B7

G1.Sniper B7You saw this coming, didn’t you? The G1.Sniper series has always been the holy grail for B-series chipsets users,… and it still is. If you don’t count the budget chipset, then the B7 is pretty much an upper-midrange, or even hi-end, depending on your standards, motherboard for all it’s worth. Let’s see… special AMP-UP audio processor, upgradable OP-AMPs, lots of serious heatsinks, LEDs on the audio area and the right side (that can follow your music’s beat), 2-way Crossfire (yes, they SOMEHOW managed to do it on a non-SLI motherboard! Only Crossfire is supported, though. The two are a tiny bit different, even though they are mostly the same), golden USB ports, etc. Holy feces, Gigabyte! There’s nothing that screams “budget” there! I mean… EVEN MY BOARD DOESN’T HAVE THOSE!

The board currently retails for 14,470 JPY on e-Trend. I haven’t been able to find an American price.

H170 – The Transition

The H170 chipset is the successor to the H97, and like its predecessors is meant for “casual” users who want everything sans the enthusiast features (overclocking, SLI, etc.). Below are its specs:

  • 1 x 16 PCI Express lanes
  • Up to 8 USB 3.0 ports
  • Up to 14 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 4 SATA 6 Gb/s ports
  • RAID Support
  • Intel Small Business Advantage
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology
  • Intel Smart Response Technology

Well, there are some significant improvements over B150! Even though there are now 2 SATA 6 Gb/s ports less, it has more USB ports, and all of the 16 PCI-E lanes can now be used, leading to maximum stability of your graphics card, and also the ability to add as many non-graphics PCI-E cards as you can on higher-end chipsets. However, the most important things are RAID support, Smart Response Technology and Rapid Storage Technology, which together can be used to SRT an SSD and a HDD (using part of the SSD as a cache for the HDD, with everything hardware-controlled, making it much more reliable than software solutions such as PrimoCache), boosting the HDD to near-SSD speed! The RAID support (all RAID types, 0, 1, 5 and 10, are supported) can also be used to speed hard drives up in a multi-drive environment, SRT or not.

Interesting Motherboard: Gigabyte H170-D3HP


…Ok, since the H170 field is pretty bland and I haven’t been able to find many outstanding boards, excuse me when I just… put the spiritual successor to my board here. >< I defined my board as “the best non-gaming H97 motherboard from Gigabyte” by the way. Anyway, there are some SIGNIFICANT improvements on this board compared to my board, like USB 3.1 support, completely renovated heatsinks, ambient LED that can follow the beat and, most importantly, 2-way Crossfire and AMP-UP Audio! Gigabyte’s onboard audio has always been the best in my opinion, and seeing them put an AMP-UP audio chip on a non-gaming H-series board delighted me,… even though I still wouldn’t use onboard sound either way.

The H170-D3HP currently retails for $115 on Newegg. Finally, an US price! (…Which is still the lowest one in the world, sadly for non-Americans like me… T_T)

Z170 – Breaking the Limits

Ok, now for the chipset most of you would actually care about, the ultimate chipset, Z170, successor to the legendary Z97! This is a full-blown enthusiast board, and even though it’s not part of the X series, it still has everything you could wish for, for example…

  • 20 PCI Express lanes (with 3-way SLI support at 1×8 + 2×4 lanes)
  • Up to 10 USB 3.0 ports
  • Up to 14 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 6 SATA 6 Gb/s ports
  • Overclocking Support
  • RAID Support
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology
  • Intel Smart Response Technology

Hooray, all the ports are back and now they brought friends, too! TEN USB 3.0/3.1 ports! However, it’s the least impressive thing here. The more important one is that now there are 20 PCI-E lanes for all your expansion needs, and the EVEN MORE IMPORTANT thing is that, 3-way SLI and CPU/RAM OC support have been added! These two features are, of course, needed for any enthusiast, and as a last note, they also got rid of that sensele… I mean, not-very-practical-for-end-users Small Business Advantage.

Interesting Motherboard: MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition

MSI Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition 2HOLY PURE WEISS AG FRAMEWORKS, darlings! This is now officially my favorite motherboard, and for good reasons. Not only is it white, is totally sick for a white motherboard (it’s actually MSI’s most expensive board as of present. UPDATE: MSI just released some more expensive boards), is A SILVER-COATED MOTHERBOARD (the first in the world, in fact), but it also has a lot of overclocking and safety features no one can complain about. With the OC dashboard, one-click OC presets that work, tons of safety measures, and MSI’s renowned durable components, I’m soooooooo gonna get this once I have the chance to (…or its successor, provided they still keep the color scheme), even though I’m not a hardcore OC’er and am instead only someone who wants her computer to do her best.

This prestigious motherboard currently retails for $300 on both Amazon and Newegg.

And that’s all for our new chipsets and their motherboards! Thank you very much for reading and supporting my blog, and I look forward to seeing you again, in my first special post, not so long from now! ^^

2 thoughts on “Intel 6th-Generation Chipsets and their Motherboards.

  1. What does it mean when you say that only 8 lanes are lanes are active? Does that mean that only it acts as a x8 PCI-e lane when only one card is installed?


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