Why does everyone assume you won't use any of the capabilities ? Why is it assumed every build is a Celeron or Pentium low budget build ? I thought this was AVS not XBMC forums
The bottom line is if you don't explain enough (OP never does in any posts) you are going to get different viewpoints. I have 4 "Z" series motherboards in my home and they were "better" each time I purchased (including price), and I only overclock on one of them.
I have a G630 on asrock Z68 that I paid $60 for it and it was about $10 cheaper than a good H61 board and $20 cheaper than a good 67 board of the time. The thinking was I was probably going to upgrade to something like a 2500k at some point, and since it was cheaper might as well get that instead of the H61 so I could take advantage of faster memory clocks, and a whole host of other features it had for less $$ Fast forward, I missed out on the $99 i5 2500k deal because I was on vacation and Ivy bridge launched so I said screw it and I bought an i5 3570k instead. At that time Microcenter had $50 off Z77 (not H) making the $99 Asrock Extreme I bought only $49 (plus they had the cheapest CPU price by far). So I bought the Z77 for $30 cheaper than Newegg was selling the H77 - and the board wasn't just cheaper but it was also BETTER in many ways. When I bought my server I bought a Z77 Asrock board because it was CHEAPER than the H series. I paid $99 from newegg and got 8GB of Gskill DDR3 1600mhz ram which I was going to buy anyways ($45 then, $65 today) so the Z77 was cheaper. It was also better in that it had dual x8/x8 capability so I could run dual HBA sata cards, and many other features.
Here's my receipt:
My most recent purchase was a Z87, which was cheaper or about the same price as lower series but since it was bundling with a 4770k i7 - the Z87 really was the right choice and "BETTER" (not more expensive)
That's 4 purchases and 4 machines in my home where "Z" series was "BETTER" (for me) and it did not cost more [actually cost less]
Unless you want to quality specific prices - assuming prices just confuses things.
The OP asks specifically about a feature for SSD caching (that is better) and although you might never use it- it exists. Just like a bunch of other stuff about a Z87 or any Z series that is typical. "BETTER" is "BETTER" and it's not the same as "BETTER VALUE"
What is a better car ? A high level BMW or a Kia ? The kia might be cheaper- and for some a better value, but is it BETTER ??? I don't think so.
Unless you are going to list specific products and specific prices for them you can't just say something that is not better is better just because you think it might cost less. That makes no sense. I see no place where the H series is better than the Z series if price is excluded or the same.
If someone walked up to me with a Z series in one hand and H series in the other hand and said "pick one" I know exactly which I would pick. Which would you pick ?