As many of our beloved readers may have already known: Intel is set to debut its Coffee Lake family of processors less than a week from now. Interestingly, new information has come to light regarding the naming convention of the company’s mid-range chipset for Coffee Lake CPUs. The new chipset will be called “B360.”
Previously, the company had debuted the B250 motherboard chipset to accompany its Kaby Lake family of processors. Knowing this, you’d think that the logical name for its next chipset would be B350. Not quite it would seem. Apparently, some “small” hardware company obtained the “B350” naming rights before Intel did.
That aside, sources have also claimed that Coffee Lake processors will indeed be equipped with the same socket as existing Kaby Lake CPUs (LGA1151). Unfortunately, despite having the same socket, Coffee Lake CPUs won’t be compatible with existing Intel 100 and 200-series motherboards – something that ASRock has “accidentally” confirmed a few weeks ago.
MyDrivers stated that this is due to the fact that Intel has allegedly changed the alignment of the chipset design. Regardless, consumers shouldn’t expect Intel’s B360 motherboards to arrive anytime soon. The chipset that’ll be initially launched with Coffee Lake processors will most probably be “Z370.”