The Best Motherboard for i7 9700k [Answered]

Intel’s Latest Flagship i7 9700k CPU

The I7 9700k is the most exciting flagship Intel processor to date boasting 8 Cores And 16 Threads based on the Ice lake architecture replacing the very popular I7 8700k processor we featured before.

The rumour mill says that Intel are releasing this new chip with in increased cores due to AMD’s recent healthy competition with there AMD Ryzen chips, This rumour can be proven true due to what we seen with the Intel I7 8700k where Intel increased the cores of their then latest flagship I7 from 4 to 6 with threads increasing to 12.

Intel decided to up their game with the announcement of the Ice lake architecture with some real innovation improving there process technique to 10nm+ which is a massive improvement from the 14nm of older Intel generations.

The I7 9700k is due for release later in 2018 – In the meantime check the best gaming motherboard’s for I7 8700k here

With this new process technogly they are able to increase the I7 9700k’s threads up-to 16 threads, AMD’s Ryzen chip was previously known for its high cores and threads, Well now Intel as completely taken that crown back with the 9700k.

If you are starting your new gamer rig around the 9700k then it is vital that you are building it with the best gaming motherboard you can buy for it so you can complement it with the hardware it deserves, but if you are on a tight budget we will cover motherboards that give you a good bang for your buck!

Whats the Best Motherboard for i7 9700k ?

Right now in January 2018 it is a question we cannot currently answer fully until we have seen the announced full range for the ice lake architecture, Motherboard manufacturers like Asus, MSI and Gigabyte still have there flagship motherboards for this chip in development and closely under wraps.

Based on the Motherboards we seen for the previous flagship I7 then we can already be excited that we will be gifted with some of the best gaming motherboards to date, We certainly need to bare in mind that this is the most advanced upgrade to Intel’s architecture we have seen in almost a decade so if anytime is a time to release some advanced features for a future proofed motherboard then now is the time!

We will update this article with the motherboard’s when the i7 9700k starts getting released early to mid 2018 however if you cannot wait that long for your new gaming rig then we suggest looking at the best motherboards for i7 8700k.

What is the difference between 10nm+ & the older 14nm process technology ?

As mentioned above the CPU comes packed with Intel’s latest 10nm+ process technology, This was an unexpected development as was intel announcing it will replace there current and successful coffee lake architecture so soon.

At the moment there is very little details on the new process technology over than this extremely interesting graph which was revealed at Intel’s technology and manufacturing day showing the performance enhancements and power consumption decrease and not only showing off a 10nm+ process but a future 10nm++ also.

We will bring you news of the processor and any upcoming motherboard information for it as and when we have them but the future of Intel chips looks excellent!


  1. The number of cores does nothing for me as I don’t encode video. Increase the number of PCIe lanes and you’d get my attention. While I don’t have 2 video cards like some gamers, I do have a 16x pcie video card and 8x raid controller and an 8x nic. Considering most intel consumer processors have little more than 16 lanes to give to the motherboard slots despite the fact that many have 3 or 4 16x slots leaves many wanting more PCIe lanes without having to pay $1000 for a decent processor. Sure you could go threadripper but for gaming that leaves you a little short. Hopefully AMD will release the threadripper 2 soon because it may be a while before we see the next intel processor with the virus holes plugged.

    • Thanks for your comment, I agree a motherboard with more PCIe slots would be great, there are bigger cases already that can support a bigger board and these extra PCIe slots and i am also certain most gamers will even pay extra for it!


          A lane is composed of two differential signaling pairs, with one pair for receiving data and the other for transmitting. Thus, each lane is composed of four wires or signal traces. Conceptually, each lane is used as a full-duplex byte stream, transporting data packets in eight-bit “byte” format simultaneously in both directions between endpoints of a link.[8] Physical PCI Express links may contain from one to 32 lanes, more precisely 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16 or 32 lanes.[5]:4,5[7] Lane counts are written with an “×” prefix (for example, “×8” represents an eight-lane card or slot), with ×16 being the largest size in common use.

          The reader and others like myself are fed up with Intel for limiting the maximum number of lanes to the CPU and memory from the PCI based devices in the mainstream consumer products. So instead of more cores he would like the ability to simply use his “16x pcie video card and 8x raid controller and an 8x nic.” at full speed. That’s 32 lanes needed.

  2. It won’t beat out the 8700k in performance, and future Ice Lake gaming cpu will likely be held back and released over time in order to **** us with their glorious roadmap.


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