I currently have a new Z170 based board that did some funky things and with the volume off, blew a set of headphones with crazy noises (while they were on my head, my ears still hurt a week later), which is not a bug or defect I'm willing to track down (for obvious reasons).
I need a new board, and I need it now (as in within a week or two I need to order it), and I am trying to keep it under $230 (ah, the fun of budget constraints :) ), and work with linux (I run Manjaro these days so basically any kernel - currently on 4.9.0-1). I very rarely leave linux for, say, a game of Battlefield, so the linux compatibility is #1.
I am looking at MSI's Z270 Gaming M7, M5, and Gaming Pro. Primarily the Gaming Pro due to the Intel nic, and just avoiding unknowns with the Killer E2500 (I've had no problems with the Killer E2400, but I also have an Intel nic to swap to if that one has issues, so with only one nic I'd rather stick to Intel if I can - I know zero about these things so for me its all about playing it safe on the stuff I'm clueless about).
Audio is pretty important to me, but I'm not quite at the point of buying an external dac/amp, so its functioning is a key element.
I am a bit concerned about the Z270 chipset, the ALC1220, and the Killer E2500 nic I keep seeing paired up.
Has anyone tested any of those components yet? Has the MSI titanium been tried with linux yet? I saw the video on it, but no mention of linux. I presume that kind of thing comes down the road?
Direct links to the boards I'm currently looking at for convinience:
FYI, the reason I'm not going right back to another Z170 board is that I'm having trouble finding a Z170 board that is a good replacement for my current one, but the Z270s all seem to check all the boxes, except the unknowns on the driver support.
Its pretty early for this thread, I know, but I do have a deadline so chasing answers seems my only good avenue.
I did do some searching, but sometimes I overlook an obvious set of keywords, so if there is an existing thread, article, or video that covers or relates to this, please do share links, excerpts if you'd like, and most importantly the keywords you used.