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-brainer 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 chipsets, so if you are thinking about upgrading then you will also need a new Z730 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
The Best i7 8700k Motherboards Compared
We have provided a very useful comparison below of all the best gaming motherboards for the 8700k that compares the basic features of each available Z370 chipset motherboard side by side with a more detailed review.
#1 ASUS MAXIMUS X HERO Z370
The Asus Republic of Gamers Maximus is one of our top choices is however one of the most expensive option so might be out of reach for those on a budget but if you are building a serious gaming build then this Z370 chipset gaming motherboard has all the features you will ever need.
The Maximus Hero is a household name for gaming, If you have previously built a PC in the past then you would have heard of the Maximus range as its a very popular choice for gamers as it has an extremely reliable past and its also known for being jam-packed with the best features available.
The motherboard comes packed with easy to use overclocking options which are brilliant if you want to get more power from your new I7 8700k.
With a black and red theme it looks the part in your black towered case like the corsair 750D for example.
ASUS Maximus X Z370 Hero Full Specifications
|Chipset||Intel Z370 Chipset|
|CPU Supported||8th Generation CPU's|
|RAM Slots||4 x DIMM 64GB DDR4|
|Storage Interface|| 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (SATA & PCI-E 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 (PCI-E 3.0 x 4 mode)
|Expansion slots||2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8/x4/x4)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode)
3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
|Network||Intel I219V Anti-surge LANGuard
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
|Audio||ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220
Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio III
|USB Ports||3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port
6 x USB 2.0 port
|Dimensions||30.5 cm x 24.4 cm|
#2 ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING
Intel I7 8700k VS AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
It is no secret that lately AMD have been in full competition mode with Intel with there Ryzen CPU’s getting more cores and threads but the real