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Best Z370 Motherboard For I7 8700K & I5 8600K

Best z370 Motherboard for 8700K and 8600K

The latest generation of Intel CPUs, Coffee Lake, is now upon us and we need to look at upgrading from our previous Z270 motherboard to the new Z370 Motherboard and chipset. Understandably if your currently on a Kaby Lake processor then the forced upgrade to Z370 for Coffee Lake is going to be a hard pill to swallow, but those added cores make it well worth the upgrade. That being said the new flagship I7 8700K is the best processor for gaming. If you want to get the best from your experience then the new Intel i7 8700K is a must have upgrade in 2018.

We have spent time cherry picking the best Z370 motherboards for review over the last few weeks. We have conducted thorough research which has included hands on experience, reaching out to users and collecting as much user feedback as possible. After all of this we have come to the realization that the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E is the best motherboard for the i7 8700K and 95% of you reading this page, the other 5% either are looking for a budget or premium solutions – discussed below! Not only does it combine style with features, but it also has a wicked overclocking ability and is very affordable for early i7 8700K and coffee lake adopters in general. 

I recently upgraded our office computers to 7700K (We were using the 2500K so an update was needed) to get the best performance and are now looking at another upgrade as soon as the 8700K is on the market. Not ideal but when you consider the extra cores, threads and the apparent easy 5Ghz overclock the upgrade is value for money in my opinion! There is of course an interesting debate of Ryzen or Coffee Lake now that both have similar core and thread counts. In short if your on a budget and want to get value for Money then a Ryzen 1600 or i5 8600K is your best bet for gaming. Whereas if your looking to have longevity and high performance right now the i7 8700K is the best option as of right now.

I have listed the best Z370 motherboards for i7 8700K, i5 8600K and 8400 processors below. The list is in order of best to “least” best taking into consideration performance, price, user reviews and connectivity options. It would be wise to consider all options even if its at the bottom of the list as it may fit your requirements perfectly. If you are still deciding between Intel and Ryzen then do have a look at our list of best AM4 Ryzen Motherboards.

Best Z370 Gaming Motherboard For I7 8700K

 Model 
Best Overall Z370 Motherboard - Editors Choice
This is the best fit for 95% of those looking to upgrade Coffee Lake.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E
Best Premium Z370 Motherboard
Super expensive but does have some awesome features that back up the price, almost.
MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING
MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING
Best High End
ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
Budget Z370 Motherboard
Honestly, if your upgrading to the i5 8600 then this is a great choice. The 8600K and 8700K I suggest the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E above.
MSI Z370-A PRO
MSI Z370-A Pro

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E [My Top Pick]

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E

Model: ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E
Socket: Intel LGA 1151 e.g. i7 8700k, i5 8600k etc.
Form Factor: ATX
Release Year: 2017
CPU Support: Coffee Lake
Expansion Slots: 7 PCIe, 6 SATA, 2 M.2
RAM: Slots 4 x DDR4, Up to 4000MHz (Overclocked)
Maximum: RAM 64GB

The ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E is our top pick for a few reasons. The main reason being its price for features. This motherboard has WiFi support for 2.4/5GHz, 2 M.2, 6 SATA slots and 7 PCIe slots! Making it as close to premium as it gets without having to spend premium amounts of cash. As with everything from ASUS build quality is top notch and support is always great. I would recommend making sure you keep bios updated to ensure the best compatibility with RAM and Overclocking potential.

If you have been following my website for a while then you will know that I recently upgraded from the ancient dinosaur i5 2500K to the super hot (pun) i7 7700k, now that is a great upgrade but I do feel the lack of cores when doing some multi-tasking with my day job, not to mention the stuttering in some games. So, I have decided that the 8700K is my next upgrade and will likely happen within the next month or so. The ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E will 100% be the motherboard I go for as it gives me exactly what I need for both gaming and work with numerous SATA ports, PCIe slots and the 2 m.2 that are almost a requirement these days. If I am being honest there is a really good reason I am liking this specific one, when it was first released there were teething issues with some users reporting problems. ASUS though quickly released BIOS updates that fixed all of the issues, to date there have been 10 BIOS updates by ASUS each of them fixing issues, pushing better compatibility and stability as well as giving people like you and I the faith in this board. ASUS have clearly been active with consumers making sure we all get setup properly with our new Coffee lake gaming computers. I tip my virtual hat to you ASUS.

Having already spent the past part of 10 hours researching, reading reviews and even speaking to some fairly well known Tech vloggers the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E seems to always be near the top of the list. The only real reasons I have seen people not consider it were down to aesthetics or they wanted a specific look provided by the countless other boards.

In my opinion this is the best Z370 motherboard for i7 8700K gamers, even more so if like me you use the computer for work.

MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING [Premium Choice For Z370]

MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING

Model: MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING
Socket: Intel LGA 1151 e.g. i7 8700k, i5 8600k etc.
Form Factor: EATX (Extended ATX)
Release Year: 2017
CPU Support: Coffee Lake
Expansion Slots: 6 PCIe, 6 SATA, 3 M.2
RAM: Slots 4 x DDR4, Up to 4133MHz (Overclocked)
Maximum: RAM 64GB

The MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard is expensive, it is the most expensive and therefore premium Z370 motherboard on the market. The question is, is it really worth it? The short answer is maybe. Overall it has the specs, the build quality and a handful of awesome special features you really won’t find anywhere else. So, if you have the budget for this premium build and really do need and/or will use the added features (Killer xTend and High Performance VRM) then this board is absolutely a great choice. That being said the ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero and ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E are two very good options with just as many features and support, at a much cheaper price.

So what the hell is Killer xTend? The easy answer is a WiFi extender which also turns your computer into a wired connection hub for your other devices. The real magic behind this feature is that it doesn’t only provide your home or office with better internet coverage but it can also give you the ability to prioritise your gaming bandwidth above anything else! We have all experienced those frustrations of lining someone up i your cross-hairs when all of a sudden “Network Lag” kills you! The Killer xTend built into this moherboard can be a life saver, almost literally.

The only real issue with the with this is the price. If this motherboard was more comparable with its competitor mobos then I would be recommending this to everyone but the premium price does mean its likely out of the budget for most gamers looking to upgrade to the i7 8700K. With that in mind the MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING does suit the gamer and creative content creator who is in need of a native U.2 Port, 3NICs + WiFi and an extra M.2 port compared to the other competitor Z370 motherboards.