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Will a I5 4440 work on a Z97 motherboard?

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July 6, 2014 8:43:13 PM

I saw threads that said a 4770k would, but I just wanted to be sure, since I'm not sure this applies to all Haswell CPUs.
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July 6, 2014 8:49:26 PM

It will work fine. Only buy a z97 board if you really want to use a 'k' chip later or you need the sli/ crossfire functions. Otherwise you could save a bit and buy an H87.
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July 6, 2014 8:50:11 PM

The i5-4440 would work with any Z97 board, but you might need a BIOS update for it. But a i5-4440 with a Z97 motherboard is a terrible pair. The Z97 chipset is meant for overclocking the CPU, but the i5-4440 has a locked multiplier , so you would waste all the OC feature on the motherboard
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July 6, 2014 8:51:22 PM

It will work. all 4th generation haswell chips will work on the new z97 motherboard. 4440 has locked multipliers, meaning it cannot be overlocked. so it would be a bit overkills for a z97 motherboard. a H97 will do just fine, plus you can spend the money you save on other components.
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July 6, 2014 8:55:39 PM

IRONBATMAN said:
The i5-4440 would work with any Z97 board, but you might need a BIOS update for it. But a i5-4440 with a Z97 motherboard is a terrible pair. The Z97 chipset is meant for overclocking the CPU, but the i5-4440 has a locked multiplier , so you would waste all the OC feature on the motherboard
I was able to grab two HD 7950s for $280s but only had a B85 Mb which supported Crossfire but its PCIE 3.0 @ 16x + PCIE 2.0 @ 4x. So I need at Mb that wouldn't bottleneck, but would not be a waste of money since it would work with Haswell refresh, and Broadwell. Do you think a Overclocked I5 4690k would last a while (2-3 years)? I am hesitating buying one since Broadwell is rumored to be coming soon.

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July 6, 2014 8:56:01 PM

it will work, plus you have the ability to pop in a broadwell cpu in the future.
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