[SOLVED] Looking to upgrade my CPU but not sure if my mobo can handle it.

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Hi, im looking to upgrade my i5-9400F to an i9-9900, but im not sure if my motherboards VRM can handle the i9. My board is an ASUS ROG B365-G which has VRM heatsinks on them. I mine as a hobby and i tested to see how hot the VRM gets. In HWmonitor TMpin temps were about 45c with an ambient of 25c at ~85% utilisation and motherboard temp was about 40c. I touched the heatsinks and theyre barely even warm.

Anyway, im looking into the i9 lineup (idc what variant i get) because i will be taking up multimedia in uni, which includes video editing, cgi, 3d modelling, realtime rendering etc. etc. If my system cant handle it, im willing to step down to the i7 lineup. I figured that if i was going to upgrade, may as well go all out. plus, the price difference isnt significant. I also have a 240mm AIO, so I reckon cooling wouldnt be an issue for me as i cant overclock anyway. Hope any of you can help me with this, thx for reading.

My PC specs:
i5-9400F
Asus ROG B365-G
ID-cooling Frostflow X 240mm AIO
16gb Kingston 2666Mhz (8x2) (will upgrade to 32gb)
Zotac GTX1070 Amp! Extreme (may or may not upgrade)
2x M.2 nvme drives
Thermaltake Smart M 650W
Antec P6 case (w/ 6x fans in a neutral config)
 

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With that cooler, at stock settings, probably fine. The VRM looks pretty substantial for a B board and the 9900 has a TDP of 65W. Now if you wanted to change the power limits and force the CPU to go past its standard limits, then I still think you are fine with a 240mm AIO to keep it in check.

i7-9700 is still an 8 core processor, not that much different from the i9-9900 still 65W TDP, just hyperthreading enabled.
 

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With that cooler, at stock settings, probably fine. The VRM looks pretty substantial for a B board and the 9900 has a TDP of 65W. Now if you wanted to change the power limits and force the CPU to go past its standard limits, then I still think you are fine with a 240mm AIO to keep it in check.

i7-9700 is still an 8 core processor, not that much different from the i9-9900 still 65W TDP, just hyperthreading enabled.
 

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