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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-13-2019, 04:04 AM - Thread Starter
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Best Z390 Motherboard?

Hey All,

Looking for some advice on picking up a Z390 motherboard. Anything available with the following features?

-Can handle subzero cooling without cold bugging (will be run with a chiller around -30C) and somewhat easy to insulate
-Has the VRM to support a 9900K at 5.5 GHz+
-Can run 2 GPUs at x8/x8 as well as an NVMe SSD. 4 slot GPU spacing would be nice, but can work with 3 slot.
-Can disable specific cores / hyperthreading and can customize voltage/clock speed per core
-Preferably not made by Asus. Nothing against Asus, but have used Asus boards exclusively since 2002, would like to try something different. Maybe Gigabyte, Asrock, or EVGA?

It looks like the EVGA Z390 Dark would work, but at $500 is a lot of money for a "mainstream" board. Any others I should consider?

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Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme maybe? I'd probably go for the Asus Maximus XI Extreme if it was my money though.

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My wallet voted for the EVGA Dark...so far so good.

Does the 9900k support per core voltage control? I know some asus x299 boards did, but I am not sure of any z390 boards that do.

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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme maybe? I'd probably go for the Asus Maximus XI Extreme if it was my money though.
$550-600 is a lot for "mainstream" lol if I decide to spend that much I'd probably go for the Dark

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Quote: Originally Posted by TahoeDust View Post
My wallet voted for the EVGA Dark...so far so good.

Does the 9900k support per core voltage control? I know some asus x299 boards did, but I am not sure of any z390 boards that do.
My Asus Rampage VI Apex supports per core voltage control, lots of fun to fine tune and stress test the voltage on 18 individual core

Maybe Z390 does not have that capability, I'm not sure to be honest.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Hydroplane View Post
My Asus Rampage VI Apex supports per core voltage control, lots of fun to fine tune and stress test the voltage on 18 individual core

Maybe Z390 does not have that capability, I'm not sure to be honest.
There's no per-core anything on Z390 (voltage, clocks, disabling). You can set staggered clocks (higher boost when more cores are idle), but all cores run at the same clock at any given time.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Hydroplane View Post
My Asus Rampage VI Apex supports per core voltage control, lots of fun to fine tune and stress test the voltage on 18 individual core

Maybe Z390 does not have that capability, I'm not sure to be honest.
Yeah, that is one of the features that I liked about my Asus x299 Prime Deluxe that was missing from my Gigabyte x299 Aorus Gaming 7 and EVGA x299 Dark. The x299 Dark is an amazingly good board though and is what made me buy my z390 Dark. My z390 Dark board overclocks like a dream. The voltage control is point and shoot....tell it what you want, set -25% vDroop, and it will give you your commanded voltage =/- 10mv regardless of load. It has my 9900k running Prime95 w/ AVX and everything else stable at 5.1 0 AVX offset @1.325v with memory 4200 17-17-17-37.

Your RVI APex tells me you should drop the coin and buy the Dark. It's a sick board... https://imgur.com/a/bz2KYUv

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There's no per-core anything on Z390 (voltage, clocks, disabling). You can set staggered clocks (higher boost when more cores are idle), but all cores run at the same clock at any given time.
Interesting, good thing I asked then lol. It looks like the Gigabyte Z390 boards, for example, can reduce the total number of cores running, but the user can't specifically select which cores. I use this when running certain games and benchmarks that only use 4-6 cores, to allow for maximum clock speeds.

On Skylake-X, I will specifically disable the hottest running cores. The difference between the hottest and coolest cores on Skylake-X can be higher than 20C. The difference seems to be much less on a 9900K (maybe 6C), so it's probably of less use.
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You have 2 options

Aorus Xtreme
Evga Dark

Both are considered to be top boards of Z390. Dark is suited for more pro overclock. ram oc and the things you mentioned.

Aorus Xtreme have best VRM cooling in z390, I use it 5.0 1.240V 24/7 and VRMS never exceed 40C ( i used thermal camera)
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