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Bought a Z170 motherboard and Kaby Lake comes out

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Posted · Original PosterOP

As mentioned in the title, I've already purchased a Z170 Asus Pro Gaming motherboard and it is impossible for me to change to a Z270 at the moment. So I have yet to purchase a chipset but which one should I go for? I was initially planning to buy the i5-6600k chip. I don't mind the little extra for Kaby Lake but can the Z170 support all the new features of it or I should just go with the Skylake.

P.S. I am fully aware that I need an existing chip for the BIOS update. Will figure something out.

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I have seen that the 7700K OC better than the 6700K. But other than that, I would just buy the respective CPU depending on price - they perform pretty much the same at the same frequency.


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Also, Kaby Lake CPUs will work on Z170 motherboards, but will require a Bios Update to do so. You can do so without a CPU installed on some motherboards, but others will require a Skylake CPU to be installed first. If you have a nearby PC shop they should be able to flash the bios for you if you do pick up a 7700k.


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11 minutes ago, IHirs said:

yes it can, but it cant overclock the new cpus

Even if you bought a 7th gen k sku?


Want to know which mobo to get?

Spoiler

Choose whatever you need. Any more, you're wasting your money. Any less, and you don't get the features you need.

 

Only you know what you need to do with your computer, so nobody's really qualified to answer this question except for you.

 

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15 minutes ago, IHirs said:

yes it can, but it cant overclock the new cpus

My Gigabyte Gaming 7 has auto profiles built into the K20 bios for the 7700k up to 5ghz.  I seriously, seriously doubt you won't be able to overclock Kaby Lake with a Z170 mobo with an updated bios.  That makes absolutely no sense.  The sockets are exactly the same meaning they are completely compatible.  The only difference will be the differences between the Z270 chipset with the extra PCIe lanes for Optane.  Not that a Kaby Lake K-series CPU will not be fully functional paired with a Z170 chipset.


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Can Z270 boards use skylake CPUs?


Want to know which mobo to get?

Spoiler

Choose whatever you need. Any more, you're wasting your money. Any less, and you don't get the features you need.

 

Only you know what you need to do with your computer, so nobody's really qualified to answer this question except for you.

 

chEcK iNsidE sPoilEr fOr a tREat!

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