The Best Motherboard For i7 8700K [Answered]

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The Coffee lake architecture brought the 8th generation of processors including Intel’s latest flagship the ever so impressive I7 8700k processor with its impressive 6 cores and 12 threads to prove its Intel’s best chip yet and a processor to combat the ever progressing threat from AMD’s large core and thread chips from the Ryzen range.

The I7 8700k is a beast built with gaming in mind with its higher single core turbo performance delivering 25-30% better than the 7th generation flagship processor the I7 7700k, So if you are currently weighing up options then its a no brainier to go with 8700k.

Motherboard manufacturers have really brought us some impressive treats with the release of there Z370 chipset range and we have seen the release of the best gaming motherboards yet.

Please remember although you still need a lga 1155 socket motherboard unfortunately if you have an older chipset then unfortunately it will not be able to house your new i7 8700k as the coffee lake cpu’s are not backwards compatible with other chip-sets, so if you are thinking about upgrading then you will also need a new Z730 motherboard.

If you are building a new PC around the Coffee Lake i7 8700k then you will need a Z370 chipset lga 1155 motherboard.

If you are about to build your new gaming rig around the 8700k when you are probably taking that first step in wondering what the best motherboard for i7 8700k is.

In this article we are going to look at the best several different options out on the market by comparing there on board features and other factors you need to consider before making your decision, It is very important to the current and future performance of your new PC that you have a motherboard that allows your CPU to run to its full ability as well as having features like overclocking tools to extend that performance and enough slots for RAM and GPU’s.

Best Motherboard for i7 8700k Processor

  • Asus MAXIMUS X HERO Z370 – Best for gaming if you have a high budget
  • Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 – Packed with features and brilliant audio
  • Asus PRIME Z370-A – Cheapest option but brilliant for gaming

Our i7 8700k Motherboard Comparison Table

We have produced the following useful easy to use table that compares the basic features of each available Z370 chipset motherboard side by side but if you are after a more detailed review then please scroll to the bottom of this thread where we look into each board in detail.

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Asus MAXIMUS X HERO Z370




64GB, DDR4
upto 4133mhz OC


Intel® Z370 Chipset
3 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
3 PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
6 SATA 6Gb/s ports
1 M.2 Socket


1 DisplayPort
1 HDMI Port
1 LAN Port
6 USB 3.1 Ports
2 USB 2.0 Ports
1 Optical out
5 Gold Audio Jacks






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Gigabyte Z370
Aorus Gaming 7



64GB, DDR4
upto 4133mhz OC

Intel® Z370 Chipset
1 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
3 PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
6 SATA 6Gb/s ports
2 M.2 Socket


1 DisplayPort
1 HDMI Port
1 LAN Port
7 USB 3.1 Ports
1 Optical out
5 Audio Jacks





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Asus PRIME Z370-A





64GB, DDR4
upto 4000mhz OC



Intel® Z370 Chipset
3 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
4 PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
6 SATA 6Gb/s ports
1 M.2 Socket



1 DisplayPort
1 HDMI Port
1 LAN Port
4 USB 3.0 Ports
2 USB 2.0 Ports
1 Optical out
5 Audio Jacks





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Intel I7 8700k VS AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

It is no secret that lately AMD have been in full compeition mode with Intel with there Ryzen CPU’s getting more cores and threads but the real

 

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