Can i9-9900k, i7-9700k and the i7-8700k run on a ASUS ROG Strix B360-F Gaming, S-1151

May 19, 2018

The thing is I am going to be Recording/streaming (PUBG, R6, and Battlefield) would you still recommend the 8700K?
And if i cant overclock on the ASUS ROG Strix B360-F Gaming, S-1151, do you think i can overlock on the ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING, S-1151?
8th gen only
I see no indication you can overclock, but you might support the "MCE" feature (not sure) that allows to get I think 4.6GHz all cores. Or you might manually tweak all cores to the max Turbo of 4.6GHz but again I'm not sure.

I'd still get the i7-8700K even if you can't overclock as maybe later you change the motherboard.

If the motherboard has NOT been purchased yet then change it for one that supports overclock and both 8th and 9th gen CPU's.

You might even consider holding off for the Zen2/3000 series from AMD and get an 8-core R7-3700X or whatever it will be called. It should be close to i9-9900K (8core/16thread) performance at much lower power and cost.

Here's a video on B360 vs Z370 but I haven't watched it yet:
as per the VIDEO above... if you ALREADY have the B360 board then I'd still get the i7-8700K if it's not too much more than an i7-8700 and the main thing I'd also so is get a DDR4 kit with these specs:

2x8GB 2666MHz C15 or C14

Be sure to:
1. update BIOS to latest
2. apply "XMP" for memory (confirm frequency and CAS is correct)
3. test with MEMTEST86
4. optimize fan profile using software for that motherboard in Windows (maybe use Handbrake as real-world test then adjust MAX fan RPM to be roughly 80degC... min should be just high enough that IDLE usage isn't changing the RPM so you don't notice noise changes)

You want the HIGHEST frequency and LOWEST CAS value to optimize performance. The kits below C15 (C14 and C13) seemed less stable and there were less of them so C15 might be the sweet spot for both performance and reliability.

Always run MEMTEST86 before installing Windows and after changing the CPU or memory settings

*B360 does not appear to support MCE so as in the video they seemed to get 4.3GHz and 4.4GHz boost with the i7-8700K for typical performance... about the max benefit you can expect with a Z370/390 board is 5.0GHz (sometimes higher) and that's about a 16% gain... real world benefits would be typically much lower.

The COOLING REQUIREMENTS go much, much higher as the frequency (and thus voltage) go up. You may need a good 3-fan liquid cooler to maintain 5.0GHz whereas a good $40 air cooler might suffice for default settings with B360 (again about 4.3/4.4).

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