What motherboards work with Intel 12th Gen?
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Intel launched its 12th generation of CPU family. Although the processors are backwards compatible with motherboards that support the previous generation’s chips, there are some new features and considerations to keep in mind when looking at what motherboards work with Intel 12th Gen CPUs. We’ve tested four motherboards from Asus, MSI, ASRock and Gigabyte to help you decide what motherboard fits your needs best. These will also be helpful if you’re wondering what motherboards work with Intel 7th or 8th Gen CPUs.
Z370 Chipset Motherboards
Once you get your hands on an Intel Core i7-8700K processor, it’s time to think about finding a motherboard that supports it. And though there are plenty of solid options available, like boards from MSI and Gigabyte, one of our favorites is Asus’s Maximus X Hero ($220 on Amazon). Featuring a clean design and tons of features, including Asus’ Aura Sync RGB lighting and easy overclocking tools, it offers everything a would-be PC builder could want. In fact, due to its premium build quality and performance specs—including dual M.2 ports for maximum storage speeds—we actually named it one of our top picks for Motherboard in 2017.
What are the Z390 Chipset Motherboards?
The z390 chipset motherboard are a new generation of motherboard coming out in 2018. They are expected to be released around mid 2018 and will support all 8th and 9th gen intel processors. This includes cine cores such as i7-9700k,i9-9900k, i5-9600k, i5-9400F (cannon lake), and many more which are still unannounced. The z390 chipset would allow users to have greater control over thier CPU, allowing for better power savings or even overclocking depending on your rig's specs.
Asus ROG Maximus XI Formula
If you want an extremely high-end system and don’t mind paying a premium for it, check out our pick for best gaming motherboard: The Asus ROG Maximus XI Formula. This board features all of our favorite components, including dual M.2 slots, a ton of cooling options, reinforced PCIe slot armor to prevent damage from heavy graphics cards, on-board power and reset buttons and much more. If you want to take things to another level or are planning on building one of those crazy multi-GPU rigs, we definitely recommend looking at Asus' flagship model. As always with Asus products, you're paying extra for its unique aesthetic as well as advanced features that others don't offer.
Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 Review
The Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 is one of four Gigabyte products under their Aorus sub-brand, and is designed to offer a balance between quality and performance. All in all, I’d say that it achieves its goal. The board offers a nice selection of features at an attractive price point, making it suitable for those looking to get into overclocking. However, some slight hitches keep it from being absolutely perfect... so let’s dig in!
MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Review
I've spent a lot of time reviewing AMD boards and CPUs, so it was high time I jumped into some reviews of an MSI X370 motherboard. The MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon is an excellent option for AM4 socket users looking to install one of AMD's latest 2nd Generation Ryzen processors. While I'm sure we'll be seeing more and more motherboards rolling out in 2019 that are engineered specifically to take advantage of Ryzen 3000 Series APUs, until then you'll still want to make sure your motherboard has proper support for your CPU. If you're looking for a new board or just need help identifying which board is right for you, read on!
How To Overclock AMD Ryzen 5 1600 on ASRock B450 Gaming K4 motherboard
What is overclocking and why you should do it. Overclocking is a process of forcing a computer component to run faster than its default clock rate (usually by manipulating its settings in an application, driver, or BIOS). Most PC users overclock at least once in their lives: They purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler, set their processor's clock speed to what they find in reviews, and are happy with it. However, serious overclockers want more performance out of their machines. Overclocking is also not just for CPUs; it can be done to GPUs and even memory modules. So how exactly does one overclock?