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Hi all,
My question: Is the i7-6700K Skylake CPU fully compatible with Windows 7?
Even if I install it into an intel 200 (B250) motherboard?
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Yes. Skylake was the last CPU generation to fully support Windows 7.
 
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Why would you fork out for a K series and put it in a board not meant for overclocking is the real question you need to ask yourself before you worry about the OS.
 
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Like a 6700 vs. a 6700K? Why would you fork out for the K? Because there's a significant difference in clock speeds. It's not like they're the same thing, except the K is overclockable. Do you want to run @ 4Ghz base/4.2GHz boost(6700K) or @ 3.4GHz base/4GHz boost(6700)?
 

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Why would you fork out for a K series and put it in a board not meant for overclocking is the real question you need to ask yourself before you worry about the OS.
Resale value is better. ;)
 

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Why would you fork out for a K series and put it in a board not meant for overclocking is the real question you need to ask yourself before you worry about the OS.
As the others mentioned before me, I don't want to overclock, but I want my CPU at 4GHz base clock.

do you already own the i7 and the mentioned B series board?
Not yet, I have just ordered them yesterday. Why?
 
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Having K type cpu and not overcloking it, well no comment.. :)
 
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> Don't want to overclock

Now that's the true madness here. Just pure insanity.
Why is overclocking so important or basic? For me 4GHz is simply enough. I don't want to enlarge my e-Penis.
 

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I bought a 6700K for the 600 MHz performance boost out of the box and no, it has never been overclocked. If 6700 and 6700K both were 4 GHz, I would have bought the 6700.
 

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Not yet, I have just ordered them yesterday. Why?
since you are not overclocking but want just a base clock of 4.0GHZ still the best option is to get a Z based board, even when you dont want to OC, look a these specs:

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On 200 series:
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Z and H boards arent special just because overclocking,mnve ssd's , more pci lanes and PCI configurations are another thing to consider, to ensure better performance for a complete user experience, also, resale value is better on high end / enthisast level boards is higher compared to B series boards for example, which makes this purchases a bit wise when getting the correct board,

Why is overclocking so important or basic? For me 4GHz is simply enough. I don't want to enlarge my e-Penis.
for now is nothing bad with no overclocking, but OC takes the most of your processor, take it to the limit and that limit means performance for most enthusiasts, also the adventure to see how far you can push its limits and compare against others, if you dont like that is well respected, but having a unlocked processor in a locked board is something a bit weird, also, performance on locked or non overclokers boards is also weird, since chipsets like B for example are mean for workstations or consumer low end,

I bought a 6700K for the 600 MHz performance boost out of the box and no, it has never been overclocked. If 6700 and 6700K both were 4 GHz, I would have bought the 6700.
tyhanks god you have listed a Z based board on specs, lol

Regards,
 

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since you are not overclocking but want just a base clock of 4.0GHZ still the best option is to get a Z based board, even when you dont want to OC, look a these specs:
B250 supports only 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Does it mean, that it won't fully support my VGA (x16 3.0)?
 
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> Don't want to overclock

Now that's the true madness here. Just pure insanity.
Hate to tell you but about 99% of people that own a PC dont OC.

Also remember the clock speeds of the i7-2600 and 2600K? they where both clocked the same! the K stood for unlocked not extra performance out of the box like the K models are of today, FU intel! So if you want that extra performance but dont plan to OC then you have to get the K model.......
 
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B250 supports only 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Does it mean, that it won't fully support my VGA (x16 3.0)?
your pci-e lanes for the gpu are on the cpu.

chipset lanes are for nvme and pci-e x1/x4 slots
 

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B250 supports only 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Does it mean, that it won't fully support my VGA (x16 3.0)?
Those are 12 PCI-E lanes from the b250 chipset, in addition to the 16 you get from the CPU. Your grand total of PCI-E lanes weighs in at 28. You've got room for a graphics card, and a few other devices that may also use PCI-E, like an NVMe SSD.
 
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since you are not overclocking but want just a base clock of 4.0GHZ still the best option is to get a Z based board, even when you dont want to OC, look a these specs:
your pci-e lanes for the gpu are on the cpu.

chipset lanes are for nvme and pci-e x1/x4 slots
Those are 12 PCI-E lanes from the b250 chipset, in addition to the 16 you get from the CPU. Your grand total of PCI-E lanes weighs in at 28. You've got room for a graphics card, and a few other devices that may also use PCI-E, like an NVMe SSD.
Thank you both of them (cucker tarlson and hat) for the quick answer.
Your answers confirmed me, that NOTHING explains for me to buy the more expensive Z board. I won't use any of the extra specs it has (1 VGA, 1 SATAIII SSD, 1 SATAIII HDD).
Maybe in the future I would like to buy 2 NVME PCIe SSDs, but the Msi B250 Gaming M3 also has two M.2 x4 3.0 slots with supporting 12 PCIe lanes. Number of USBs are simply enough as well.
 

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There is one reason you might still want a Z series board, though: if you have RAM faster than 2133, the B series board will only run up to that speed. The Z series board will let you run whatever RAM speed you want. Not sure what RAM you're running, just thought I'd mention that.
 
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Hate to tell you but about 99% of people that own a PC dont OC.

Also remember the clock speeds of the i7-2600 and 2600K? they where both clocked the same! the K stood for unlocked not extra performance out of the box like the K models are of today, FU intel! So if you want that extra performance but dont plan to OC then you have to get the K model.......
I know that, but, despite being the majority, just like Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber fans, and people who willingly pay to watch Michael Bay films, those people are inherently wrong and their opinions are not to be trusted.
 
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here is one reason you might still want a Z series board, though: if you have RAM faster than 2133, the B series board will only run up to that speed. The Z series board will let you run whatever RAM speed you want. Not sure what RAM you're running, just thought I'd mention that.
Yeah I have picked CMK16GX4M2A2133C13R (Corsair Vengeance LPX 2133MHz) from the board's supported memory list. And of course I have read carefully all the specifications of the MB/CPU/RAM in order to full support of everything. I didn't understand this PCIe lane thing for now, but finally everything is clear, thanks!
 

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Also remember the clock speeds of the i7-2600 and 2600K? they where both clocked the same! the K stood for unlocked not extra performance out of the box like the K models are of today, FU intel! So if you want that extra performance but dont plan to OC then you have to get the K model.......
I recommended the i7-2600 to a friend over the i7-2600K because it had VT-d (PCI passthrough) and vPro that i7-2600K lacked. If the integrated GPU was important to you, 2600K had a 3000 where the 2600 had a 2000. He had a discreet graphics card so the integrated graphics didn't matter to him.

Intel had way better product differentiation back then.
 
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I recommended the i7-2600 to a friend over the i7-2600K because it had VT-d (PCI passthrough) and vPro that i7-2600K lacked. If the integrated GPU was important to you, 2600K had a 3000 where the 2600 had a 2000. He had a discreet graphics card so the integrated graphics didn't matter to him.

Intel had way better product differentiation back then.
Considering my 2600K ran and still runs for my friend at 4.6 all day long it was definitely worth spending the extra for a K with Sandy. :rockout:
 
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