It looks like leaks are pouring in regarding Intel’s upcoming 8th generation desktop-grade processors. Previously, we’ve talked about several Z370 motherboards from both ASRock and MSI; this time round, Intel’s upcoming chipset roadmap has been leaked – and it reveals some pretty interesting details.
Based on the previous leak, we now know that Intel’s upcoming mainstream Coffee Lake-compatible motherboard chipset will be known as “Z370.” That said, according to the leaked Intel roadmap, it looks like the blue company is also planning to release another mainstream/enthusiast chipset called “Z390.” Motherboards with this chipset is expected to arrive in the consumer market sometime in the second half of 2017.
Folks at VideoCardz have noted that while Z370 motherboards are deemed as “new”, there aren’t exactly that many difference between them and existing Z270 mainboards. Knowing this, it seems likely that the Z390 platform will be used by Intel as a true “successor” to Z270 as well as to introduce its brand new, never before seen technologies.
Another key takeaway from this leak is the fact that Intel’s upcoming low-end or “business essential” chipset will be called “B360.” Motherboards equipped with this mainboard chipset is planned for release in the first quarter of 2018. Also worth mentioning is Intel’s upcoming “H310” chipset, which is aimed towards budget-oriented consumers.
Like the B360 chipset, manufacturers are also expected to release H310 motherboards in the early months of 2018. Regardless, we do advice our beloved readers to take this one with a pinch of salt – at least until Intel makes an official announcement.