Back when Intel first showcased its lineup of desktop-grade Coffee Lake processors, many consumers were left disappointed with the fact that they weren’t able to use these new CPUs on their older Intel 100/200-series motherboards; despite the fact that Coffee Lake processors are based on the same LGA1151 socket as previous Intel processors.
Well, it looks like modders (elisw, dsanke, littlehill MovAX, and 0xDEAD) have apparently been able to get Coffee Lake processors working on older LGA1151-compatible motherboards. The aforementioned modders have successfully made an unnamed Coffee Lake i3 CPU to work on an ASRock H110 mainboard.
Interestingly, despite being altered to work on an older Intel 100-series motherboard, the Coffee Lake Core i3 processor had both its CPU and iGPU functions working normally – previous mods resulted in the iGPU being completely disabled. That said, the modders did mention that their methods are indeed risky and that they do not recommend consumers use the same method for Coffee Lake-based Core i5 and i7 processors.
Speaking of which, the full guide on how to get a Coffee Lake Core i3 processor working on older 100/200-series motherboards can be found here; although we strongly discourage our dear readers to try this method without first understanding the risks that may come when performing this alteration. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see if other modders will start to come up with unorthodox methods to get the rest of Intel’s Coffee Lake processors working on older LGA1151-compatible motherboards in the near future.