Intel i5 6700k Compatibility

chanhill13

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I about to begin upgrading my current PC, and I'm a little confused with the Intel i5 6700k compatibility with z270 motherboards. I am planning on getting the kaby lake Intel i5 6700k with the asus PRIME Z270-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard. Will these work together and does this processor work with z270 motherboards?
 

RCFProd

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Do you mean the i5-7600k or the i7-6700k? Saying that because the ''i5-6700k'' doesn't exist.

Anyways, both the i5-7600k and i7-6700k will work with any Z270 motherboard without any BIOS update requirement.
 

XaveT

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I'm not sure what you meant to say here.

i5 processors max out at x600K (with "x" as the series number), so a x700K would be an i7.

The 6000-series Intel processors are "Skylake". So the Skylake unlocked i5 is the 6600K.
The 7000-series Intel processors are "Kaby Lake". The Kaby Lake unlocked i5 is the 7600K.

Always refer to the motherboard's documentation, but it looks like generally the 200-series motherboards (which are made to pair with the 7000-series processors) should be able to accommodate last generation (6000-series) processors. Going the other direction though, namely putting a 100-series motherboard (meant to pair with a 6000-series processor) with a 7000-series processor, will generally require a motherboard BIOS update, which you can't do without a different processor in the board.

If you have a Kaby Lake build planned, the 7600K i5 with that motherboard (PRIME Z270-A) will be fine.
The site for that board (https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-Z270-A/) also specifically mentions 6th generation ("Skylake") compatibility, so a 6600K will be fine too.

If you have an i7 planned instead, that will be fine too.
 

chanhill13

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Wow thank you! I just realized I have been making that mistake. It should be the i5 7600k. This helps me out a lot thank you
 

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Awesome, I for some reason keep switching it to the i5 6700k when it should be i5 7600k. I was confused on the motherboard and processor compatibility, but I understand it now. Thanks for the help
 

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No worries! I hope your build goes well, I made one of those myself in February. It's a lean, clean, gaming machine. You won't be disappointed!
 

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