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Z790 Vs B760: All Differences & Which Is Better?

We compared the Z790 and B760 and were stoked to see the results. Check out this comparison as we discuss all the key differences between the two.

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Z790 Motherboard

B760 Motherboard

Pros And Cons

Z790 Motherboardβœ… CPU Overclocking Support
βœ… Better VRMs
βœ… Better I/O
❌ Hefty Price
❌ Only Advantage is CPU Overclocking
B760 Motherboardβœ… More economical
βœ… I/O Enough For Most Users
βœ… Better Advantages
❌ No CPU Overclocking
❌ Worse VRMs

Key Takeaways
  • The Z790 is a high-end chipset with a starting price of ~$180, while the B760 is a mid-range chipset that costs $120 at minimum. 
  • CPU overclocking is only supported by Z790, and thus it’s an ideal choice for overclockable K SKUs. B760 is the better option for non-K 12th or 13th gen CPUs.
  • In terms of I/O connectivity, B760 gets half the bandwidth as Z790. As a result, it supports half the number of total PCIe lanes (14) compared to Z790.
  • Additionally, I also found that the Z790 can house twice as many SATA 3.0 ports (8) and more high-speed USB ports.

Z790 vs B760 – Comparison Table

Supporting Lineups12th Gen, 13th Gen12th Gen, 13th Gen
CPU OverclockingYesNo
No. of DMI 4.0 Lanes84
PCIe Revisions3.0, 4.03.0, 4.0
Total no. of PCIe Lanes2814
No. of PCIe 3.0 LanesUp to 8Up to 4
No. of PCIe 4.0 LanesUp to 20Up to 10
Total USB PortsUp to 14Up to 12
No. of USB 3.2 (20 Gb/s) PortsUp to 5Up to 2
No. of USB 3.2 (10 Gb/s) PortsUp to 10Up to 4
No. of USB 3.2 (5 Gb/s) PortsUp to 10Up to 6
No. of USB 2.0 PortsUp to 14Up to 12
SATA 3.0 (6.0 Gb/s) Ports48
Intel Raid Configuration0,5,10 - SATA/PCIe0,5,10 - SATA
Supported CPU PCIe Configurations1x16 + 1x4 OR 2x8+1x41x16 + 1x4
Chipset MSRP$57$31
Launch DateSeptember 27th, 2022January 3rd, 2022
Best MotherboardsBest Z790 MotherboardsBest B760 Motherboards

Intel’s 13th-generation lineup has brought us three new chipsets (so far) instead of the usual four. These chipsets are Z790, H770, and B760. Our focus today is on Z790 vs B760 as we determine which chipset is better for your next Intel build.

Z790 vs B760 – Chipset Comparison

Z790 Chipset

The Z790 chipset is part of Intel’s high-end “Z” series chipset lineup, which is usually the flagship chipset released with each generation. This chipset is focused on extensive I/O support, CPU and memory overclocking, and better VRMs for CPU overclocking.

A Z790 Motherboard
Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite Motherboard – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)

At the same time, they tend to have some premium features, such as dual-BIOS and improved onboard cooling. All these features and the I/O support come at a cost, though, as this chipset can cost anywhere from $180 to several hundred USD

B760 Chipset

As for Intel’s B760 chipset, this is the true mid-range chipset lineup. As far as I think, this chipset is usually best suited to casual users and those not looking to overclock. Although memory overclocking is supported on B560 and newer chipsets.

Asus B760 Motherboard
ASUS ROG Strix B760-I Gaming WiFi Motherboard – Image Credits (Asus)

The I/O support on these motherboards is more than enough for the average user, and thus it’s usually the chipset picked by most users. These motherboards are much more affordable, with a starting point just above $100, while the high-end options can cost close to $200 or more.

CPU Overclocking

The first significant difference between the chipset is that the B760, as with previous generations, does not support overclocking. Intel’s Turbo Boost feature is still an option if you want to extract more performance out of your CPU, though. Certain motherboards also let you overclock your CPU through BCLK overclocking.

As for the Z790 chipset, it supports CPU overclocking and was suitably released with Intel’s overclockable “K” SKUs. The overclocking support also brings better quality VRMs, more VRM phases, and improved VRM cooling. 

DMI 4.0 Lanes (And PCIe Lanes)

Intel’s DMI (Direct Media Interface) is the interconnect between the CPU and the chipset. Both Z790 and B760 chipsets support DMI 4.0, but B760 halves the number of lanes (and thus the bandwidth) available for I/O connections.

This is why the Z790 chipset supports a higher number of I/O connectivity. As B760 has half the bandwidth, it also supports half the number of PCIe lanes compared to Z790. Particularly, the Z790 supports up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes – the B760 can accommodate as many as 10 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

USB Ports

The Z790 chipset sports (up to) 5 USB 3.2 20 Gb/s ports, 10 USB 3.2 15 Gb/s ports, 10 USB 3.2 5 Gb/s ports, and 14 USB 2.0 ports.

In comparison, the B760 chipset can support (as many as) 2 USB 3.2 20 Gb/s ports, 4 USB 3.2 15 Gb/s ports, 6 USB 3.2 5 Gb/s ports, and 12 USB 2.0 ports. In total, the Z790 can house up to 14 USB ports, while the B760 chipset can have 12 USB ports.

SATA 6.0 Gb/s Ports

The Z790 can support a maximum of 8 SATA 3.0 ports for all your storage and optical drives. On the other hand, the B760 chipset supports up to 4 of these ports, which is still plenty for most users. 

Intel RAID Configurations

When it comes to RAID, the Z790 chipset supports this storage technology on both PCIe and SATA drives. However, for B760, the Intel RAID support is limited to only SATA drives. 

PCIe CPU Configurations

Regarding the PCIe lanes allowed through the CPU, the Z790 chipset, like its predecessor, continues to provide the option of splitting the 16 PCIe into 2×8 lanes. This can be used for dual GPU configurations. The B760 only allows the standard 1×16 configuration and the 1×4 lanes. 

Z790 Vs B760: Which Chipset Is Suitable For You? 

Z790 Motherboard: I recommend the Z790 chipset with a “K” CPU for superior performance and enhanced connectivity, ideal for dual-GPU setups. However, considering its $180 starting price, it’s best matched with a K SKU CPU for value. Otherwise, explore alternative chipsets based on budget and usage needs.

B760 Motherboard: As a non-K Intel CPU user, I find the B760 chipset appealing with its generous I/O options, supporting 2 NVMe SSDs, 4 SATA SSDs, and a PCIe 5.0 slot. Priced at $120, it delivers essential features suitable for most users. 

I advise against splurging on expensive B760 boards for unnecessary features such as enhanced cooling and RGB lighting, particularly when priced above $200. Instead, pick a Z790 yielding twice as many features with the only tradeoff being a higher budget. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I overclock my CPU on a B760 motherboard?

No. CPU overclocking is only supported on the Z790 chipset. However, you can still use Intel’s Turbo Boost or BCLK overclock to get more performance out of your CPU.

Is the Z790 chipset better than the B760 chipset?

The Z790 chipset is better because it has more bandwidth from the chipset for more I/O connectivity. It also supports CPU overclocking.

Does the B760 chipset support memory overclocking?

Yes. The B760 chipset, like the B660, allows you to overclock your RAM.

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