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Best Gaming Motherboards For i7 8700k To Have In 2020

When Intel released their ‘coffee lake’ or 8th gen processor series, it was a matter of time before companies started releasing their new and improved motherboards for this processor series. As we delve into the motherboards which work best with the i7 8700k, we need to look at the processor itself first. The i7 8700k works best for gaming purposes. In multi-tasking and non-gaming functions, there are other processors which have the i7 8700k beat. Although, it is able to outperform them when it comes to gaming.

The i7 9700k is better than the i7 8700k in terms of performance. The higher price you have to pay for the i7 9700k is justified with the increase in performance it gives. Although, if you already have an i7 8700k it will not go out of business just yet. It may not be as good as the 9700k but it is no way close to being redundant. It still does the job very effectively. There are many different motherboards that compete for being the best for the i7 8700k processor. At this time, we feel that the ASUS ROG Maximum X Hero takes the number one spot.

1. ASUS ROG Maximum X Hero WIFI

Best Overall Pick

  • Great Performance
  • Impressive RGB
  • Effective Cooling
  • Enthusiast features
  • Better options available for people on a budget

Chipset: Intel Z370 | Socket: LGA 1151 | Video ports: 1x HDMI, 1x Display port | Maximum Memory: 64 GB DDR4, up to 4133 MHz| Rear USB Ports: 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ( Type A and Type C), 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2x USB 2.0 | Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 X16, 1x PCIe 3.0 X16 (x4 mode), 3x PCIe X1 | Storage: 2x M.2 Socket 3, 6x SATA | Network: 1x Gigabit LAN | Lighting: AURA RGB | Dimensions: 12 inch x 9.6 inch | Form Factor: ATX | WIFI: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes

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ASUS is a well-known manufacturer of a lot of different computer-related products such as hardware or laptops. One of the products that ASUS is famous for are motherboards. Over the years, ASUS has made some of the best motherboards in the market. For every processor, whether it is Intel or Ryzen you can be sure to find a suitable motherboard of ASUS to pair with it. Such is the case with the i7 8700k.

Although there are many different ASUS motherboards that work well with the Intel i7 8700k, we feel the ROG Maximum X Hero is the best among them. This motherboard has WIFI and Bluetooth compatibility. Although there is a non-WIFI variant of the Maximum Hero X available.

The ROG Maximum Hero X is a very good-looking motherboard. There is no denying that. Hero X has all the connectivity and cooling options one could wish for. Six individual fan header options along with a fan extension header. Each fan header is also protected from overheating. There are multiple temperature sources as well as an AIO pump and a water pump header.

The M.2 heatsink is placed so that your SSD is protected from overheating. Not to mention the dynamic design of the heatsink offers aesthetic value to the motherboard as well. All in all, this plethora of cooling features results in an effective and efficient cooling system.

There are 4 DIMM DDR4 slots along with an overclocking ability of up to 4133 MHz. The five-way optimized overclocking allows for the most efficient overclocking possible with your setup with just one click. The SupremeFX audio along with the Sonic Studio III makes for high-quality audio.

Next up is the widely acclaimed ASUS Aura RGB lighting. This is one of the most highly rated RGB in the world of motherboards. It is no surprise why the Aura RGB is so popular. You get a variety of different lighting modes and combinations and can even make your own combinations. The colors are pristine and well balanced.

Performance-wise the ASUS ROG Maximum Hero X does not disappoint. It gives you an overclocking ability that can match the best motherboards. To round up what the Maximum Hero X gives you, this is an aesthetic motherboard intended for gamers who want to push their setups to the next level. Many features such as the RGB, different audio controls and software, a ton of cooling related features all point to the obvious. This is a motherboard intended for enthusiasts.

However, if you are willing to give up a couple of features that this motherboard provides, you can get a really good motherboard at a lesser price. The pricing is poor in this regard, though the bells and whistles that come with the Hero X are sure to attract gamers and enthusiasts alike.

2. MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming

Most Premium Pick

  • Killer XTend
  • Multiple apps for optimal functioning
  • Excellent Performance
  • More connectivity options
  • Very Expensive

Chipset: Intel Z370 | Socket: LGA 1151 | Video ports: None | Maximum Memory: 64 GB DDR4, up to 4133 MHz | Rear USB Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A, 6x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 2x USB 2.0 | Expansion slots: 4x PCIe 3.0 X16, 1x PCIe 3.0 X1 | Storage: 3x M.2 Socket 3, 6x SATA | Network: 3x Gigabit LAN | Lighting: MSI Mystic Lighting | Dimensions: 12 inch x 10.7 inch | Form Factor: E-ATX | WIFI: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes

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MSI is one of the most famous brands in the computer world. MSI manufactures computer-related products such as keyboards, mice, or monitors. The real reason behind MSI’s fame, however, comes from their motherboards and laptops.  Much like ASUS, MSI is also one of the leading makers of motherboards as well as laptops.

The MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming motherboard is the most premium motherboard for the Intel Z370 chipset. The extended ATX or E-ATX form factor of this motherboard makes it larger than the standard ATX form factor motherboards. Such a form factor is not common among motherboards.

The extended ATX form factor allows the Z370 Godlike to give more connectivity options due to having more space. This is the reason you see 10 USB slots in the rear panel along with x4 PCIe X16 channels and x3 M.2 Sockets. All of these are more than what you get in a standard ATX form factor motherboard. You do not, however, get the standard video ports like HDMI or a display port in this motherboard.

While this is a rather standard feature that you expect to be present in almost all motherboards, it is also a feature you can do without. Anyone looking to buy a gaming-oriented motherboard will definitely have a GPU to connect it with. As such, the lack of a video port does not cause an issue.

One of the more interesting features of this motherboard is the Killer XTend. First of all, due to the Killer WIFI feature, you get the best internet connection possible without any latency or lag. With the Killer XTend you can use your computer as an internet center of sorts.

There are three Gigabit LAN ports in the back panel of the Z370 Godlike. You can connect different devices with the computer to give them internet access as well. This can also be done wirelessly. You can use your computer to give out WIFI signals to connect your phone or other devices. Anyone who wants to use other platforms such as an Xbox or PlayStation along with your computer will find this feature quite helpful.

There are multiple apps and software you can use to get the most out of the Z370 Godlike Gaming motherboard. These software range from audio software, the MSI Mystic Light RGB software to performance-oriented software such as X-boost or Command Center, etc.

You can use these to get the excellent performance that this motherboard is capable of and make your setup surpass expectations. The downside of having all of these amazing features and more is the hefty price you have to pay. This is by far the most expensive Z370 chipset motherboard.

3. Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7

Best for RGB Enthusiasts

  • Three M.2 Sockets
  • Multi-light zones
  • Good audio
  • No WIFI and Bluetooth
  • Graphics card hides some of the RGB when installed

Chipset: Intel Z370 | Socket: LGA 1151 | Video ports: 1x HDMI, 1x Display port | Maximum Memory: 64 GB DDR4, up to 4133 MHz | Rear USB Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, 5x USB 3.1 Gen 1 | Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 X16, 1x PCIe 3.0 X16 (x4 mode), 3x PCIe 3.0 X1| Storage: 3x M.2 Socket 3, 6x SATA | Network: 1x Gigabit LAN | Lighting: RGB Fusion | Dimensions: 12 inch x 9.6 inch | Form Factor: ATX | WIFI: No | Bluetooth: No

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Another company which has garnered a positive reputation in the world of computers is Gigabyte. Much like ASUS and MSI, Gigabyte makes different computer related products, but they excel in making motherboards. The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard is one of the best motherboards for the Intel ’Coffee Lake’ processors. The Aorus Gaming 7 perhaps, the most eye-catching motherboard out of all that we have so far mentioned. This is mainly because of its multi RGB zones.

This motherboard is literally filled with RGB. The three PCIe X16 slots all have RGB lighting around them as do the 4 DIMM slots. There are also light zones on the heatsink and the back panel among a few other RGB zones. You can attach even more RGB strips if you want on the internal connectors.

The RGB lighting looks good in all the different modes and colors. Once you have installed the video or graphic card on the motherboard, it is so situated that it will block some of the RGB zones from view. This can prove to be annoying as the RGB is one of the best features of the Z370 Gaming 7.

The Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7 has 3 M.2 Socket rather than the standard 2 M.2 sockets we see in most ATX motherboards. This is an added connectivity option in the same standard size as the other boards that do not offer the third M.2 socket. Gigabyte has upped its audio quality with the ESS SABRE and a DAC. The audio quality is really good. It is easy on the ears and does not lose much of its quality at high or low frequencies either.

There is, however, the very obvious shortcoming of this motherboard that it does not have WIFI or Bluetooth capability. This is a rather common feature in good motherboards of this day and age. It is somewhat disappointing to see Gigabyte not add these simple features to their product.

It is priced a little higher than the ASUS Maximum Hero X.  The price ends up decreasing the value of this product, but for RGB enthusiasts this is going to be extremely difficult to pass up.

4. ASRock Z370 Extreme 4

Best Value Pick

  • Affordable
  • Acceptable performance
  • 8x SATA
  • No heat shield for M.2 sockets
  • Low number of USB ports

Chipset: Intel Z370 | Socket: LGA 1151 | Video ports: 1x HDMI, 1x DVI-D port, 1x D-Sub port | Maximum Memory: 64 GB DDR4, up to 4333MHz | Rear USB Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 | Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 X16, 1x PCIe 3.0 X16 (x4 mode), 3x PCIe 3.0 X1 | Storage: 2x M.2 Socket, 8x SATA | Network: Gigabit LAN | Lighting: RGB LED | Dimensions: 12 inch x 9.6 inch | Form Factor: ATX | WIFI: WIFI compatibility is possible | Bluetooth: No

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ASRock was originally formed by ASUS for competing in the OEM market. Later on, ASRock became a part of Pegatron and has since been aiming to get into the big leagues of computer hardware manufacturing. Although, ASRock is not considered to be on the same level as companies like ASUS or MSI, continuous high-quality products such as the Z370 Extreme 4 has made ASRock a genuine competitor.

Taking a closer look, you will instantly notice the lack of a heatsink next to the M.2 socket. Nearly all motherboards that we have seen do give a heatsink next to the M.2 socket. This is mainly because the M.2 Sockets tend to accumulate a lot more heat than the other parts of the motherboard. To ensure efficient performance a heatsink is invaluable in that particular spot.

The Z370 Extreme 4 motherboard offers 8x SATA connections. This is a higher number of SATA connectivity options than we have so far seen in our search for the best motherboard for the i7 8700k processors. More SATA connections mean more options to connect various things such as hard disks etc. There are, however, the standard 2 M.2 Sockets. There is a noticeable cut down in the number of USB ports on the back panel.

The performance and overclocking are decent, yet it is not the best. This is quite understandable as the low price of the Z370 Extreme 4 makes this a much more budget-oriented pick. This is not meant to give the big-budget motherboards a run for their money in performance, however, it will give them a tough competition when it comes to value. The slight cut down on features and performance for a noticeable cut down in price will make this a very attractive pick for low budget gamers.

5. EVGA Z370 Micro

Best Micro ATX

  • WIFI and Bluetooth
  • Good overclocking
  • Dependable VRM
  • No onboard video ports
  • Limited connectivity options

Chipset: Intel Z370 | Socket: LGA 1151 | Video ports: No onboard video ports | Maximum Memory: 32 GB DDR4, up to 4133 MHz | Rear USB Ports: 2x USB 2.0, 6x USB 3.0 | Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 X16, 1x PCIe 3.0 X1 | Storage: 2x M.2 Socket, 6x SATA | Network: 1x Gigabit LAN | Lighting: No Onboard Lighting | Dimensions: 9.6 inch x 9.6 inch | Form Factor: Micro ATX | WIFI: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes

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EVGA manufactures a variety of different computer-related products such as graphic cards, cooler casings, etc. Motherboards are also among the products of EVGA. With the release of Intel’s Coffee lake generation processors, EVGA released its own series of motherboards compatible with these processors. While they could not quite match the other companies in the standard motherboard form factor, EVGA did manage to take the crown for the micro ATX motherboard.

EVGA Z370 Micro ATX motherboard is a rather standard micro ATX motherboard. It has only 2 DIMM channels and only 3 PCIe slots. These are rather expected limitations as far as connectivity goes due to the smaller size of the motherboard. Smaller size generally means a cut down on the features due to lower space to add these features. EVGA has managed 8 USB ports on the rear panel which is more than some standard ATX sized motherboards offer.

There is WIFI as well as Bluetooth connectivity. This is also a rather common but often overlooked feature. The EVGA software for overclocking is user friendly and efficient. You can set up your rig for optimal overclocking very effectively thanks to the software. VRM is also a part where this motherboard has excelled, giving the motherboard and its components safety from unstable voltage.

There are no onboard video ports on this motherboard. You need a graphic card to get a display. Without a graphic card, you can not get a display with this motherboard. Gaming enthusiasts do always have a graphic card to pair up with their motherboards so it should not be much of an issue. This is not an expensive motherboard. Getting a graphic card along with this motherboard for your setup should not be out of budget for anyone wishing to build a PC.

Blair Lee

A naturally curious mindset and a keen passion of keeping in touch with all the worldly trends, Blair Lee has put two and two together to find a way that has combined the two things he just can't stay away from- writing and computers!

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