Z370 and 9700K

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hello all,
I've already purchase a z370 mobo with the intent of just buying a 8700k. however I've come to find out it may be in my best interest to just go with the newer 9700k. I plan on overclocking and watercooling, and it would seem that the 9700k is soldered which I'm theory should give me temps close to that of a delidded 8700k, without the hassle. Advice on this? Also, even though I don't have an 8th gen chip to update the bios, theoretically, couldn't I download the file to a usb drive from my current rig for the z370, and flash it once I have to new mobo and cpu installed, if I purchase a 9700k?
 

Barty1884

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1. Solder falls a bit short vs delidded + liquid metal, but it's closer, yes.

2. Depends on the board. Some have BIOS flash features that don't require a CPU in order to update the BIOS..... but typically that's reserved for 'top tier' boards of a given chipset.
 
Without knowing the exact board you bought you would need to buy a updated BIOS chip or have somebody update the BIOS.

As above a few boards you can update the BIOS without a working system.

If its still unopen try to return it and get a Z290 board
 
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if it may help you to help me, the board is the z370 gaming pro carbon
 
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do you think the z390/9700k are much more worthwhile over the z370/8700k? the newer combo is gonna be $100 more dollars than ill pay for the 8700k combo.
 

xxxlun4icexxx

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If you can't return your z370, stick with it. As for the z390, you'll be getting more usb 3.1 ports and possibly better power delivery/VRM thermal management depending on the board. That's about it. A z370 should be able to run the 9700k without issue.
 
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thanks. I appreciate all the help
 


Not much difference.

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-9700K-vs-Intel-Core-i7-8700K/4030vs3937
 

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