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Worth upgrading from H370 to Z390

The memory speed and ability to overclock your CPU are the main two benefits of going to Z390.

Going from 2666Mhz to 3200Mhz RAM speed will indeed speed up certain tasks, but it depends on what you do. This video shows a range of different applications at different speeds:

Long story short, certain applications see no difference. But in the ones that do, mainly the fps 'lows' will increase (e.g. it will lessen the stuttering). 

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Hello

I'm wondering if it's worth switching my motherboard from H370 to Z390.
As far as I understand, my RAM is currently limited to 2666MHz, and I don't know if I my CPU gets limited some way by the chipset as well.

My current setup is the following:

CPU - i7-9700k

Motherboard - Gigabyte H370 Aorus Gaming 3 Wifi

RAM - HyperX Fury DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB)

GPU - GTX 1070 Ti

Storage - Kingstan A1000 / Seagate Barracuda 1TB

PSU - Corsair RM650x

Display - Samsung 27" 1440p 144hz

Cooling - Corsair H60 (2018)

Operating System - Windows 10 Pro 64bit

I just recently started to dig into PC hardware, and bought this PC used before I knew to much.
Mostly use it for gaming, and the H60 cooler keeps the CPU under 60C at around 50-60% usage while gaming. (35C ish during idle)
I don't know much about overclocking and don't plan on doing anything fancy, but with Z390, as far as I've understood, I can get the 3200MHz from my RAM and maybe get higher safe speeds on my CPU?
Been looking at Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro.

Any recommendations, help and tips are greatly appreciated :)

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9 minutes ago, NorStereo said:

but with Z390, as far as I've understood, I can get the 3200MHz from my RAM and maybe get higher safe speeds on my CPU?

Yes

 

9 minutes ago, NorStereo said:

Been looking at Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Decent board at about $170-180


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The memory speed and ability to overclock your CPU are the main two benefits of going to Z390.

Going from 2666Mhz to 3200Mhz RAM speed will indeed speed up certain tasks, but it depends on what you do. This video shows a range of different applications at different speeds:

Long story short, certain applications see no difference. But in the ones that do, mainly the fps 'lows' will increase (e.g. it will lessen the stuttering). 


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