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Asus Z97 LGA 1155 as good as Sabertooth Z77?

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Hi Folks,
I have an Intel i7-2600K 3rd gen, and need a mobo with a LGA 1155 socket. I have been running it on an Asrock eXtreme4 mobo with a Z77 chipset but without going too deep into it, I need to replace that board.

I've built and/or upgraded systems with Asus, Asrock, HP, and Dell mobos over the last 5 or 6 years and I like the ASUS UEFI. I found out that the i7-2600K sandybridge would actually work in a Z97 chipset board. They say I would get full functionality of the processor's capability but of course, nothing beyond that which the Z97 chipset may offer.

If this is true, (I'm hoping for additional confirmation), I'm hoping someone with experience in the Asus mobo line, would please give me a few suggestions as to which Asus boards (with a Z97 chipset and 1155 socket), would be at least as good as an Asus Sabertooth Z77 mobo?


I need a good 8 or 10 choke board for OC reasons. I'm 7 days behind my deadlines because I wasted it all my time on buying used Sabertooth mobos that the sellers probably knew were bad.

If maybe someone can help me by shaving off some preliminary research time, I'd certainly appreciate it. I have a max $300.00 limit cap, (I'm still trying to recover $300 I paid for the last of two used mobos).

I'd like to go with an Asus if possible but that's not "written in stone". I'm against the wall so time is a major factor.
Thanks,
Rich

BTW, I know the CPU should be upgraded but buying a new Haswell and mobo is out of the question. My work requires a high performance speed from the cpu and I run my i7-2600k at 5Ghz when I need it. From everything I read, (and a number of owners who answered me), the Haswell i7-5xxx's genre would need to be the replacement if I want to match the i7-2600k speed.

That would put the processor and mobo cost well over $600.00 and I don't have it.
thanks,
Rich
post #2 of 10
No the 2600K does NOT work in a Z97 motherboard.

Z97 is for socket 1150, your 2600K is socket 1155.
post #3 of 10
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OK, can you elaborate?

At the moment, I don't have very many posts that say the opposite which is why I'm still checking. However, the reply to the same question "can Sandybridge cpu work on a Ivybridge mobo?" said it could providing the Bios was 0303 or later.

Frankly, I don't really understand that reply but that's all it said.

Here: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2924843/ivybridge-mobo-work-sandybridge-cpu.html
Thanks,
Rich
post #4 of 10
What hes saying is that an lga 1155 cpu which is (sandy/ivy) will not work with motherboards that are higher than z77 because that is the last gen 1155 cpu's were supported.

So a z97 motherboard which is a 1150 motherboard will not be compatible with an lga 1155 cpu.
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THANKS! That's disappointing though.... I'll have to start moving backwards, (like the Z87), because I ran searches for 1155 sockets about 2.5 weeks ago looking for boards that were new and had high perf specs.

I can't remember exactly what came of it, but I seem to recall that there were new 1155 boards out there however, they were not very high performers. I'll have to go back to the drawing board but it's beginning to look pretty bad.

I'm dealing with a time issue so at this point, I'm going to have to seriously consider that Haswell and mobo purchase. If this search takes much longer, I'll wind up losing the same amount of money in earnings that I would have spent of the upgrade!
Thanks again,
Rich
PS that pretty much solves this one
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Just be aware that z87 is not compatible with 1155 slot either.
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LOL! Well that tears it.. I'm off to buy the upgrades...
Thanks
PS RE my PM: let me know if there is a way
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LGA 1155 is not in any way compatible with LGA 1150 or LGA 1151 whatsoever as they dont use the same number of pins on the motherboard.
So no they wont work with each other and there is no way they will ever work together.

So no they will not work.
Either get a used Z77 motherboard or buy a new Z170 system.

Just beware that Z170 uses DDR4 so no you wont be able to re-use your old DDR3 RAM either with Z170.
And please get rid of that Corsair RM while you are at it.
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post #9 of 10
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And please get rid of that Corsair RM while you are at it.

LOL, thanks and to be frank, I'm not impressed with the thing at all. However, I'll be spending enough on a Z97 chipset mobo and CPU as it is, (Z170 is out of the question right now).
Rich
BTW, I quite aware of the incompatibility of the 1155 and any other 11xx but thanks anyway
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biggrin.gif OMG . . . Tom's Hardware . . . fufu . . . apologies, 8/10 information there is just funny . . . sorry.

Let me clear things out even more and make your computer understanding much simpler.

Intel processors are paired to sockets with numbers eg. 1155, 1156, 2011, 1150 and 1151 (these are within 5-6 years) these numbers are the number of pins on the motherboard's processor socket and opposite on the processor is the number of pads. Also each processor socket has a pair of notches to prevent users from making a mistake.

To sum it up you can't and should not try to fit 1155 processor with a 1150 socket motherboard and vice-versa, unless you want to remove or add pins and hammer the processor into the socket. Just get any of these . . . Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z/Extreme/Gene-Z (preference), GA-Z77X-D3H, ASRock Z77 Extreme4 actually there are a lot of good 1155 boards that can get your on 5Ghz , unless you have specific board component preferences.
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