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Z790 Vs B760: Our Recommendation

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 Motherboardโœ… CPU Overclocking Support
โœ… Better VRMs
โœ… Better I/O
โŒ Hefty Price
โŒ Only Advantage is CPU Overclocking
B760 Motherboardโœ… More economical
โœ… I/O Enough For Most Users
โœ… Better Advantages
โŒ No CPU Overclocking
โŒ 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.
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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

The Z790 chipset, a part of Intel’s premium “Z” series lineup, prioritizes extensive I/O support, CPU and memory overclocking, and enhanced VRMs for CPU overclocking. It typically boasts premium features like dual-BIOS and improved onboard cooling, but this comes at a price, ranging from $180 to several hundred USD.

GIGABYTE Z790 AORUS ELITE AX (Image By Tech4Gamers)

As for Intel’s B760 chipset, the B560 chipset represents the true mid-range lineup, ideal for casual users not keen on overclocking, though memory overclocking is supported. Offering ample I/O support for average users, B560 is a popular choice, starting just above $100, with high-end options reaching close to $200 or more.

Asus ROG Strix B760 I Gaming Wifi (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  1. Overclocking: Speaking of overclocking, the B760 lacks overclocking support, relying on Intel’s Turbo Boost and some BCLK overclocking. Conversely, the Z790 supports CPU overclocking, featuring better VRMs, more phases, and improved cooling, ideal for “K” SKUs.
  2. DMI 4.0 Lanes: DMI 4.0 is the link between the CPU and chipset for Z790 and B760. B760 halves lanes and bandwidth, resulting in fewer I/O connections compared to Z790, which supports higher I/O connectivity. Z790 offers up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes, while B760 supports 10 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 3.0 lanes.
  3. Connectivity & Ports: The Z790 offers 5 USB 3.2 (20 Gb/s), 10 USB 3.2 (15 Gb/s), 10 USB 3.2 (5 Gb/s), and 14 USB 2.0 ports, while the B760 supports 2 USB 3.2 (20 Gb/s), 4 USB 3.2 (15 Gb/s), 6 USB 3.2 (5 Gb/s), and 12 USB 2.0 ports. The Z790 accommodates up to 8 SATA 3.0 ports, while the B760 supports up to 4, ample for most users.
  4. More Features: Finally, the Z790 supports RAID on PCIe and SATA drives, while the B760 limits RAID support to SATA drives only. Moreover, the Z790 allows splitting 16 PCIe lanes into 2×8 for dual GPU setups, while the B760 only offers 1×16 and 1×4 lane configurations.

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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