(The question in question)
I believe this question should be reopened now that the user has edited it per the initial reason for putting it on hold. I'm bringing it to attention here because there has been some discussion to the effect that this question still doesn't meet the standards, which was news to me. I'm seeking clarification and possibly also rectification of the situation.
The main issues with this are, as I was given to understand by a moderator, that the question remains "too broad" and includes "technical support" aspects which are not in-scope. However, I am unsure about that.
The question is mainly asking for a recommendation between two motherboard models specifically stated, with specific vendors implicated. The criteria for our recommendation has been parsed to this:
My question is, in order to exploit the full potential of the graphic card at as low price as possible,which motherboard should I choose: this one with Intel H110 chipset or this one with H170?
The problematic section highlighted by the moderator is this:
- I'm a little confused about the information provided by Intel, on the official site in the Expansion Options section, it says the H110 chipset supports PCIe revision 2.0 with max number of 6 lanes. Does that mean a H110 motherboard will only run a graphic card at PCIe 2.0?
- I'm concerned if a graphic card is able to run at its maximum on a H110 motherboard which provides PCIe 3.0 slot, without any data transfer restriction. I don't care how many USB 3.0 ports there are (but surely DDR4 support is essential).
The issue he sees with this section is that it appears to be questions about tech support. I can see where he is coming from - at least one of them is definitively a question - but is it really a tech support question, or is it a question which is offering readers some background on the reason for the user's recommendation question? It seems to me that it obviously is the latter; this question is dealing directly with the issue of PCI-E lanes on the chipsets in question and whether or not they will properly support a GTX 950 GPU - and the user wants to know which board to choose based on which one will do that. While it is a question about the technical capabilities of the board (and therefore easily construed as only a tech support question), it also offers some very useful information about why the user is asking for the recommendation they are.
On a bit of a side note, I offered to remove the offending section in an edit so that the user would have a question that was undoubtedly in-scope, but was told that any such edit would be rejected out of hand by the moderating staff:
You can't just put words in someone's mouth, because then you're changing what they're asking for to something they might not want.
I don't see how removing the supposedly unrelated and useless (in the moderator's own opinion) "tech support" questions in any way redefines the fundamental, irreducible recommendation the user was asking for.
What makes all of this more concerning is that the question was in fact easily dealt with by another user in some commentary later on (they couldn't provide an answer because the question was on hold):
@shintaroid The short answer is that while the chipset itself supports 6 PCIe 2.0, there are also 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0 coming off the CPU. H110 chipset motherboards therefore do support the operation of a dedicated GPU, however, you should probably check with the specific motherboard manufacturer to be certain. If you are on a low budget, you might want to consider waiting for AMD to release Zen based consumer CPUs. Is there any specific reason you want DDR4 support? – Alpha3031
Once you know that the cheaper chipset is going to do what you want, you have an answer. So not only do I see this question as easily answerable, but apparently so did Alpha3031. @Alpha3031, I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Can we reopen this question? Can we edit this question? Why or why not?