Compare Motherboards: ASRock 970M PRO3 vs Z97E-ITX/ac

ASRock 970M PRO3


ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac

Availability In Stock -
Pangoly Score - 88
Brand ASRock ASRock
Model 970M PRO3 Z97E-ITX/ac
Release Date - May 2014
TDP 70 Watts 30 Watts
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Pros -
  • Full ATX-level performance
  • Support for M.2 storage (on back of board)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Very good onboard audio
Cons - -
Series - -
Socket AM3+/AM3 LGA1150
Form factor Micro ATX Mini ITX
Chipset AMD 970 Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2100Mhz 2400Mhz
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC892 Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection 7.1 Channels
LAN Chipset Realtek 8111E Intel I218V
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support No No
CrossFire Support Yes No
RAID Support Yes Yes
Onboard USB 3.0 Yes Yes
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6 4
SATA Express Ports 0 1
M.2 Ports 0 1
mSATA Slots 0 0
RAM Slots 4 2
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB 16GB
Critic Reviews -

"So now that we have had a look at the ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac motherboard and have put it through its paces on the test bench, what is my final verdict on what looks to be a great option at a great price for those looking to build a small form factor system? ..."

Options - -
Compare Motherboards: ASRock 970M PRO3 vs Z97E-ITX/ac. Analyze head-to-head all specifications and features to find out the better Motherboard.

Comparison summary

Reasons to pick the ASRock 970M PRO3:

  • ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac is obsolete and not available anymore.
  • Supports AMD CrossFire.
  • Supports the following RAM types not supported by counterpart: DDR3 1800MHz, 2100MHz
  • +2 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
  • +2 RAM slots.
  • +48GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac:

  • Around 57% lower thermal design power.
  • Supports the following RAM types not supported by counterpart: DDR3 2133MHz, 2800MHz, 2933MHz
  • +1 Ports SATA Express.
  • +1 Ports M.2.
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