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  • [EHW Experiments] Coffee Lake on Z170 from scratch [Ft. Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 Pro]

    Hey guys, today I bring you the start of an experiment I've been wanting to do for quite some time. This is entirely new for me, but I'm hoping my log can give people future insight!

    Are you guys ready for an adventure?! I sure am!

    Let's have a little discussion about what this mod is. Basically, Z170 and Z270 (Skylake and Kabylake) are only able to support those two generations (6th and 7th gen). Now, the thing is, the socket is physically the same between these and 8th and 9th gen, which is considered as LGA 1151-2 (or revision two) since the electrical layout is slightly different.

    This makes it so they're not compatible out of the box, so you can't just take a 8th of 9th gen Intel Core CPU and plug it in a Z170 or Z270 (or lower end chipsets from the same generation like H270, H170, H110, etc.) and have it work.

    In this experiment, I'll cover the mods needed and what resources are available to help "try" this. I say "try" because success isn't a guarantee and worst case you can brick your motherboard and fry your processor.

    I'll also be detailing what I'm doing, explaining the hardware I'll be using along with answering any questions anyone has along the way.

    I repeat, I have never done this, so basically you'll join me on this quest.

    Welcome to the party!

    Table of content

    1 - Mod discussion -
    2 - Mods needed and resources available -
    3 - Board variations -
    4 - My board, RAM and CPUs -
    5 - BIOS modding progress -
    6 - CPU Modding Progress -
    7 - RAM details and overclocking -
    8 - CPU-Z details -
    9 - Conclusion -
    Last edited by Steven; 14-03-2020, 09:06 PM.
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    Mods are ALWAYS interesting! I'll be interested in following your journey.
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    • #3
      I'm missing a few parts of hardware, then I can start listing what I need for this. I got my 8700K today, I'm waiting for my "flashing" chip and I need to make my stickers!
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      • #4
        Subbed to this, for sure
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        Jeffinslaw Project mATX #004
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        • #5
          Subbed of course. If this is successful (fingers crossed) this will become a how to article in our articles section
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