Intel’s new 8th generation Coffee Lake processors are here. From our perspective, this is a generation that’s finally worthy of an upgrade. Here’s a brief synopsis of what you get with the 8th gen CPUs:
6 Cores for i5 and i7 CPUs
4 Cores for I3
Increased Turbo Speeds
A 50Mhz increase in integrated graphics card clock speed
2666Mhz support for the i5 and i7 along with 2400MHz support for i3
For us, the pressure from AMD’s Ryzen series of processors forced Intel into finally giving us more cores for our money. Ryzen, which still doesn’t do quite as well in clock speed, was simply giving consumers more bang for their buck. Now with Coffee Lake the market is leaning more towards Intel’s side but availability, at this point in time, is a bit of an issue.
Improves Overclocking and Power Delivery
No additional PCIe lanes over Z270
Still no native USB 3.1 Gen 2
Same Realtek ALC1220 Audio
Our Favorite Intel Z370 Motherboards from $150 to $300
Coffee Lake is the kind of multi-generational upgrade we’ve been looking for. It’s especially beneficial for those coming from Haswell or earlier; however, an additional two cores at every price point is still an enormous upgrade over Skylake. For a good motherboard CPU combo, here’s what we’d recommend.
CATEGORY DESIGN MODEL CHIPSET FORM RATING PRICING
Under 150 MSI Z370-A PRO Z370 ATX 4.3/5 See Amazon Price
Asus Prime Z370-P Z370 ATX 4.5/5 See Amazon Price
ASRock Z370M Pro 4 Z370 mATX 4.8/5 See Amazon Price
Asus Tuf Z370-PRO Gaming Z370 ATX 4/5 See Amazon Price
MSI Z370 Gaming PLUS Z370 ATX 4.3/5 See Amazon Price
Asus Prime Z370-A Z370 ATX 4.5/5 See Amazon Price
Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E Z370 ATX 3.4/5 See Amazon Price
Asus ROG Maximus X Hero Z370 ATX 3.7/5 See Amazon Price
MSI Z370 GODLIKE Gaming Z370 E-ATX 3.5/5 See Amazon Price
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What’s New With Z370 Chipset Motherboards ? – If you plan on using Intel’s new Coffee Lake processors, you’ll need to go with a ASUS Prime Z370 A motherboard. These new processors cannot be used with previous generation boards. Additionally, previous generation processors will not work with the newer motherboards. Yes, even though they use the LGA 1151 socket. Intel claims this comes from the new processors requiring additional power.
Cheaper B360, H370, and H310 chipsets will be released in the first part of 2018. So, for now, you’ll have to go with a more expensive board. If you’re a power user, then most likely there’s no real issue with this. Below you can find the changes to this new chipset and our recommendations for ASUS Prime Z370 A motherboards by price point. Additional information can be found on Intel’s product briefing.
– Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2, Intel Thunderbolt 3 support and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
– 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
– Unmatched Personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, additional RGB header and 3D-printing mounts
– Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
– Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio enhanced by ASUS exclusive Realtek S1220A featuring Crystal Sound 3 and driven by Japanese capacitors for warm, immersive sound
Under $150 ASUS Prime Z370 A Motherboard | Although we can’t purchase any of the budget H and B series motherboards right now, there are still a ton of good options in the under $150 price point and some for as little as $120. So, here are recommendations starting from low to high.