The I7 9700K is the latest high-end CPU from Intel; it came with the Cannon Lake architecture which changed the hardware world upside down.
Rumor says that Intel finally started to increase the Cores from their CPU due to AMD’s competitions & the release of AMD Ryzen’s, this theory is further supported due to Intel’s earlier release of the I7 8700K which bumped the cores from 4 to 6 and threads all the way up to 12. However, Intel decided to completely crush their competition by releasing the Cannon Lake Architecture which features the 10nm+ processing which is a direct improvement of the 14nm process used by older generations. (Check the FAQ at the bottom of the page for an explanation of the benefits). The release of Cannon Lake makes the release of the 8th generation of CPUs (Coffee Lake) to be one of the shortest living generation of the past decade, this means that although the 8th generation is still good in terms of performance they would not be worth the money since not long after the 9th generation was released in the second half of 2018.
However, Intel didn’t stop there, they didn’t only improve their process technique from 14nm to 10nm but also increase the cores of the I7 9700K from 6 to 8 and threads all the way up to 16, that’s something innovative from Intel, usually these CPUs with high Cores & Threads were pretty much AMD’s trademark.
With this said, if you’re planning on making a gaming rig with this awesome CPU then you should also focus on getting a good gaming motherboard to go with it, this will not only allow you to overclock it to the extreme thus improving single-core performance but it will also provide stability & security to your system, which is something you should not disregard, without further ado, let’s answer your question.
What’s the best motherboard for I7 9700K?
Review of the Top 3 Z390 Motherboards
Summary / Our Opinion
Honestly, the Cannon Lake has provided the most significant changes of the past decade when compared to the previous generation; it increased not only the cores & threads but also the process method. All in all, it’s a great CPU
and as such we will go against our usual recommendation of going for a cheaper Z390 board if you’re not looking to overclock. With this CPU you SHOULD aim to overclock it later on, this is a CPU that will last you for many many years (in terms of gaming), that’s how powerful it really is.
With this said, we most definitely recommend you to pick a proper Z390 motherboard to provide your system with safety & the capability to overclock your CPU. Getting a good board will help you improve its performance later down the road once newer & even more powerful CPU’s are out, but you’ll also make your system even more future-proof.
What’s the difference between the 10nm+ process & 10nm & the 14nm process used in older generations?
The 10nm+ process is a direct upgrade of the 10nm & 14nm process, this means that the 10nm+ process method improves the performance of each capacitator while also reducing the power needed, for people that aren’t very technical, this may sound confusing, as such I believe this graph explains it pretty well, it’s much easier to understand it by visual help rather than reading about it.
Are you sure that the Cannon Lake Generation CPUs are Compatible with the Z390 Motherboards?
Yes, although the Z390 motherboards were initially released for the Coffe Lake-S CPUs, they are also compatible with the 9th Generation, this is great news for everyone who upgraded their motherboard when the Z390’s were released.
Can The Z390 Overclock?
You can indeed overclock with the Z390’s, if you’ve got a quality motherboard then it will surely allow overclocking, with this said, we still recommend to take the necessary precautions & take the overclocking in a slow and steady manner to avoid damaging your hardware.