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Best MOBO for I9?

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Best VRM are found on Gigabyte Z390 Aorus boards. The cheapest is the Elite, but my usual recommendation is the Pro which cost a few dollars more, but has more temperature sensors. A niche thing I know, but then a few dollars is nothing on an already $180 board.

Best MOBO for around $200 USD for the I9-9900k? Donesnt need WiFi. Apparently the Z390-H has really bad VRMs ,had no clue.

PC Set up 

CPU: I9-9900k

Mobo: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro-Wifi

GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Gamin Z 

Cooling: Cooler Master ML360R AIO

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 16 GB 3000MHZ (8GB X 2) 

RAM: Corsair Vengence Pro Lighting Enhancement Kit (0GB X 2) 

Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 

PSU: EVGA SuperNova G2 750 W 80+ Gold Fully Modular 

Case: CoolerMaster MB511 RGB 

 

Build Log found here:

 

 

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The ASRock Z390 Taichi is very solid and it can often be found for a little less than $200. Board has good enough VRMs for a decent overclock on a 9900K if your case has decent airflow.

New Build (The Compromise): CPU - i7 9700K @ 5.1Ghz Mobo - ASRock Z390 Taichi | RAM - 16GB G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 3200CL14 @ 3466 14-14-14-30 1T | GPU - ASUS Strix GTX 1080 TI | Cooler - Corsair h100i Pro | SSDs - 500 GB 960 EVO + 500 GB 850 EVO + 1TB MX300 | Case - Coolermaster H500 | PSUEVGA 850 P2 | Monitor - LG 32GK850G-B 144hz 1440p | OSWindows 10 Pro. 

Peripherals - Corsair K70 Lux RGB | Corsair Scimitar RGB | Audio-technica ATH M50X + Antlion Modmic 5 |

CPU/GPU history: Athlon 6000+/HD4850 > i7 2600k/GTX 580, R9 390, R9 Fury > i7 7700K/R9 Fury, 1080TI > Ryzen 1700/1080TI > i7 9700K/1080TI.

Other tech: Surface Pro 4 (i5/128GB), Lenovo Ideapad Y510P w/ Kali, OnePlus 6T (8G/128G), PS4 Slim.

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A good comparison would be Whatever Gigabyte Auros board is around that price. I believe it would be the Auros Pro. They all use good VRMs. Both the Gigabyte and ASRock board are good options.

My Build, v2.1 --- CPU: i7-8700K @ 5.2GHz/1.288v || MoBo: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming || RAM: 4x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 2666 14-14-14-33 || Cooler: Custom Loop || GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC Black, on water || PSU: EVGA G2 850W || Case: Corsair 450D || SSD: 850 Evo 250GB, Intel 660p 2TB || Storage: WD Blue 2TB || G502 & Glorious PCGR Fully Custom 80% Keyboard || MX34VQ, PG278Q, PB278Q

Audio --- Headphones: Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX || Amp: Schiit Audio Magni 3 || DAC: Schiit Audio Modi 3 || Mic: Blue Yeti

 

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The Experiment --- CPU: i5-3570K @ 4.0 GHz || MoBo: Asus P8Z77-V LK || RAM: 16GB Corsair 1600 4x4 || Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo || GPUs: Asus GTX 750 Ti, || PSU: Corsair TX750M Gold || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || SSD: 840 Pro 128GB || HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

 

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I would recommend an ASUS board other the other brands.

Best UEFI and reliability, all reviewers use them too.

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Best VRM are found on Gigabyte Z390 Aorus boards. The cheapest is the Elite, but my usual recommendation is the Pro which cost a few dollars more, but has more temperature sensors. A niche thing I know, but then a few dollars is nothing on an already $180 board.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Asus>MSI>all the rest

CPU:i7 9700k 5047.5Mhz All Cores Mobo: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC, RAM:Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 OC 3467Mhz GPU:MSI RTX 2070 ARMOR 8GB OC Storage:Samsung SSD 970 EVO NVMe M.2 250GB, 2x SSD ADATA PRO SP900 256GB, HDD WD CB 2TB, HDD GREEN 2TB PSU: Seasonic focus plus 750w Gold Display(s): 1st: LG 27UK650-W, 4K, IPS, HDR10, 10bit(8bit + A-FRC). 2nd: Samsung 24" LED Monitor (SE390), Cooling:Fazn CPU Cooler Aero 120T Push/pull Corsair ML PRO Fans Keyboard: Corsair K95 Platinum RGB mx Rapidfire Mouse:Razer Naga Chroma  Headset: Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma Sound: Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker Case: Modded Case Inverted, 5 intake 120mm, one exhaust 120mm.

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8 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

Best VRM are found on Gigabyte Z390 Aorus boards. The cheapest is the Elite, but my usual recommendation is the Pro which cost a few dollars more, but has more temperature sensors. A niche thing I know, but then a few dollars is nothing on an already $180 board.

Yeah I couldn't fall asleep last night thanks to this site XD. I am returning my Asus z390-H and got the Aorus Pro for $20 more than the elite. Plus i get wi-fi so it works. Spent like 6 hours looking into it to but Buildzoid needs a freaking Nobel prize

PC Set up 

CPU: I9-9900k

Mobo: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro-Wifi

GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Gamin Z 

Cooling: Cooler Master ML360R AIO

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 16 GB 3000MHZ (8GB X 2) 

RAM: Corsair Vengence Pro Lighting Enhancement Kit (0GB X 2) 

Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 

PSU: EVGA SuperNova G2 750 W 80+ Gold Fully Modular 

Case: CoolerMaster MB511 RGB 

 

Build Log found here:

 

 

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9 hours ago, Phentos said:

The ASRock Z390 Taichi is very solid and it can often be found for a little less than $200. Board has good enough VRMs for a decent overclock on a 9900K if your case has decent airflow.

There's so much airflow in my case it hits the national tornado watch from time to time...

PC Set up 

CPU: I9-9900k

Mobo: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro-Wifi

GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Gamin Z 

Cooling: Cooler Master ML360R AIO

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 16 GB 3000MHZ (8GB X 2) 

RAM: Corsair Vengence Pro Lighting Enhancement Kit (0GB X 2) 

Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 

PSU: EVGA SuperNova G2 750 W 80+ Gold Fully Modular 

Case: CoolerMaster MB511 RGB 

 

Build Log found here:

 

 

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I was struggling with this same question over the past couple of weeks, though I was willing to go past $200 on a mobo.  I mean hell, we are already spending 530 on the processor. 
There is not a whole lot of easy to find information on this right now from my research, but I did turn up enough info to make a decision. For years, I have been an ASUS fanboy, but this time around I will be going Gigabyte.  This is even after a friend of mine who happens to be a competitive over clocker (Steponz) was suggesting an Asus board. 

It appears the Asus boards have 4 phase VRM, while the Gigabytes have 12, which apparently is better for stable overclocking, and I am interested in this for getting those last couple of years out of my build.  The only reason people seem to not like the Gigabyte boards is because the BIOS has a wonky UI, not necessarily lacking any important features however.  For me, its no big deal because I will most like spend a total of an hour in the BIOS during the next 6 or 7 years that I expect to get out of this system.

Parts are on the way, should be here Tuesday.  9770K and Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master.  I will let you know how it goes!
Otherwise, good luck on you quest to find the right motherboard!

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22 minutes ago, Haximus said:

I was struggling with this same question over the past couple of weeks, though I was willing to go past $200 on a mobo.  I mean hell, we are already spending 530 on the processor. 
There is not a whole lot of easy to find information on this right now from my research, but I did turn up enough info to make a decision. For years, I have been an ASUS fanboy, but this time around I will be going Gigabyte.  This is even after a friend of mine who happens to be a competitive over clocker (Steponz) was suggesting an Asus board. 

It appears the Asus boards have 4 phase VRM, while the Gigabytes have 12, which apparently is better for stable overclocking, and I am interested in this for getting those last couple of years out of my build.  The only reason people seem to not like the Gigabyte boards is because the BIOS has a wonky UI, not necessarily lacking any important features however.  For me, its no big deal because I will most like spend a total of an hour in the BIOS during the next 6 or 7 years that I expect to get out of this system.

Parts are on the way, should be here Tuesday.  9770K and Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master.  I will let you know how it goes!
Otherwise, good luck on you quest to find the right motherboard!

Thanks man! Very detailed. I agree, but after spending my morning at the feet of buildziod and his videos about vrms and also about the Asus boards itself and how bad it is, I was convinced. I myself am an Asus fanboy. That UEFI is better than a sunset on a beach. I went with the 9900k and the Gigabyte z390 aorus Pro with WiFi (wifi was cheaper than the regular pro ??). As it was stated by buildzoid, I don't mind learning a new bios (at least it's not ASRock bios :P). I get it on Wednesday and I'll complete my build then! I have a build log going and can link it so you can see how mine goes as well! @ me so I can see how yours goes too ? great choice on your Mobo, I would have picked the master if my fiance didn't know how much these parts costed...


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PC Set up 

CPU: I9-9900k

Mobo: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro-Wifi

GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Gamin Z 

Cooling: Cooler Master ML360R AIO

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 16 GB 3000MHZ (8GB X 2) 

RAM: Corsair Vengence Pro Lighting Enhancement Kit (0GB X 2) 

Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 

PSU: EVGA SuperNova G2 750 W 80+ Gold Fully Modular 

Case: CoolerMaster MB511 RGB 

 

Build Log found here:

 

 

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I am glad that you were able to make your decision! Doesn't it feel great now that the stress of choosing the right parts is over with? 
Now we are in the "When the heck is the delivery truck going to get here?" stage! I have been checking tracking at an unhealthy rate ?

Cheers to our new builds!  I am looking forward to checking out your build log, this will be an exciting week!

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7 hours ago, Haximus said:

I am glad that you were able to make your decision! Doesn't it feel great now that the stress of choosing the right parts is over with? 
Now we are in the "When the heck is the delivery truck going to get here?" stage! I have been checking tracking at an unhealthy rate ?

Cheers to our new builds!  I am looking forward to checking out your build log, this will be an exciting week!

Agreed! Plus I have two company Christmas parties this week! Hoping to recoup a little bit of cash from that :P 

 

"Doesn't it feel great now that the stress of choosing the right parts is over with? " YES. I stayed up till 3 AM stressed about my MOBO after this fiasco with VRMs. Not worried anymore I feel I have the right parts for both performance and aesthetics! Tomorrow's the day!

PC Set up 

CPU: I9-9900k

Mobo: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro-Wifi

GPU: MSI RTX 2070 Gamin Z 

Cooling: Cooler Master ML360R AIO

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 16 GB 3000MHZ (8GB X 2) 

RAM: Corsair Vengence Pro Lighting Enhancement Kit (0GB X 2) 

Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 

PSU: EVGA SuperNova G2 750 W 80+ Gold Fully Modular 

Case: CoolerMaster MB511 RGB 

 

Build Log found here:

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

How did the build go @Justinzonfire ?

For the record, I am very happy with the i9 9900K paired with Gigabyte z390 Aorus Master.

I was able to boot into Windows overclocked to 5.2ghz ranging from 3.35v to 3.5v, but could not complete a benchmark.
Scored 2174 in Cinebench r15 @ 5.1 Ghz with a 3.325v
Temperature reached a max of 76c - This is using the Corsair H115i Plaitnum
So I guess I got an average chip.  Didn't seem to have any issues with the motherboard or the BIOS.  One thing I don't like however is the RGB Fusion program for changing lighting.  I had a hard time getting my default memory RGB settings back on, and started to read that this software has even corrupted people's memory sticks recently.
I did update BIOS from F4 to F7.  There appears to be an F8e now adding " Support 32GB UDIMM "

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