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So what's the point of Z390?

I've been reading a lot about the Z390 chipset motherboards, as I am considering an upgrade for my PC in the near future, but I haven't seen anything that has BLOWN my mind away with the new chipset. Intel's new lineup still works with Z370 motherboards and they perform the same last time I checked so why does Z390 exist?

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1. Add in features H310, b360 and H370 has from the start but Z370 doesnt, namely USB 3.1 Gen 2 and WiFi.

 

2. Give a chance for mobo vendors to make new products, with improved VRM to handle the more power hungry CPUs.

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It has a few additions over Z370, which you should have noticed if you've been researching them. Do they matter to everyone? No. But, they're new nonetheless.

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z390 exists because z370 boards couldnt support the 9900k all that well, especially mid tier boards. Even some z390 boards are trash and do the 95W TDP and limit performance. The ONLY reason to get z390 is if your buying a 9900k, all other chips are not worth buying over z370 and a 8700k.

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30 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

1. Add in features H310, b360 and H370 has from the start but Z370 doesnt, namely USB 3.1 Gen 2 and WiFi.

still not many z390 supports wifi... how disappointed 

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2 hours ago, Crypix said:

I've been reading a lot about the Z390 chipset motherboards, as I am considering an upgrade for my PC in the near future, but I haven't seen anything that has BLOWN my mind away with the new chipset. Intel's new lineup still works with Z370 motherboards and they perform the same last time I checked so why does Z390 exist?

the 9900k would probably kill a z370 mobo in 2 years, but ya, other than the 9900k, there wasn't really a point. maybe better ram controllers? my ram booted right up at 4xxx, the z370 felt janky on release.

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1. Z370 motherboards aren't likely to handle 9900k, unless you are looking at the top end (like something from EVGA I guess?).
2. They can milk more money from customers

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It also give MB manufacturers a chance to refresh their product line up with the release of new processors.  AMD did the same thing with the z370 -> z470 to go along with the newer Ryzen skus.

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