Leaked Intel Chipset Roadmap Confirms Z370 in Q4 2017, Z390 in 2H 2018 – Mainstream H370, Value H310 and Corporate Q370, Q370, B360 Chipsets in Q1 2018

Sep 7, 2017

It looks like Intel is prepping a huge list of chipsets under their 300-series platform roadmap. The chipset lineup will include the already known Z370 which is launching next month, followed by a range of enthusiast / mainstream consumer and corporate options that will be available later in 2018.

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The Intel 300-series platform consists of two main products, the 300-series motherboards and the Coffee Lake desktop processors. The initial launch is aimed for Q4 2017 and will include a range of Z370 chipset based motherboards and several Coffee Lake desktop chips. These processors will be a range of unlocked and locked SKUs that will include Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 branded chips. A new roadmap has now been leaked over at Anandtech Forums which details the full list of Intel 8th gen, 300 series chipsets.

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We have confirmed that Intel is launching the 300-series platform on 5th October 2017. The launch will have an army of Z370 boards but for those planning to build more budget tier PCs will have to wait till early 2018. The roadmap details that Intel's consumer lineup will feature four chipsets. The first is Z370 which falls under the enthusiast segment. The mainstream segment includes the H370 chipset while the Value segment includes the H310 chipset.

Expected Intel 300-Series Kaby Lake Refresh and Cannon Lake PCH Features:

Chipset NameCoffee Lake S (KBL-R) PCH / Z370 PlatformCoffee Lake S (CNL-H) PCH / 300 Series (Z390/H370, B360, Q370, H310)
Process Node22nm14nm
Processor8C, 6C, 4C (6 Consumer SKUs at Launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Consumer Only
8C, 6C, 4C, 2C (Full corporate/consumer SKU stack at launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Corporate/vPro & Consumer
MemoryUp To DDR4-2666 (Native)Up To DDR4-2666 (Native)
Media, Display & AudioDP 1.2 & HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
DP 1.2 & HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
SoundWire Digital Audio Interface
I/O & ConnectivityIntegrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi / BT CNVi)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Titan Ridge) w/ DP 1.4
StorageNext Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
SecurityIntel SGX 1.0Intel SGX 1.0
Power ManagementC8 SupportC10 & S0ix Support for Modern Standby

The most interesting thing about the roadmap is that it is the first public confirmation of the Z390 chipset. We have already heard a lot about the Z390 chipset but it looks like it will be replacing the Z370 chipset or will be a more better tuned design for high-performance 6 core chips in the Coffee Lake family. For users that are worried if there Z370 investment will go to waste need not to worry a lot as this chipset won't be available until second half of 2018.

So we are looking at atleast a year worth of wait if not more. There's also a possibility that while this chipset allows for more features over Z370, it may also launch along side a new range of refreshed processors (most probably still on 14nm++ process). Regardless, the Z390 and Z370 chipsets will use the LGA 1151v2 socket and compatibility of Coffee Lake processors will be maintained on both.

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Intel's Corporate Chipset Lineup Includes Q370, Q360 and B360 For Q1 2018

Moving to Q1 2018, probably during or after CES 2018, we will see the launch of the corporate chip sets too. These chips and the consumer budget focus chips are planned for launch in a similar time frame. The chipset lineup will include the Business Essential B360, Corporate Fundamental Q360 and the Corporate (Intel vPro) Q370 chipset. Some features of the 300-series platform will include:

  • Increased multi-thread performance
  • Enhanced IA and memory overclocking
  • Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology
  • Better media and encoding technologies
  • Rec.2020 & HDR Support, HEVC 10-bit HW Decode/Encode, VP9 10-bit HW Decode
  • Integrated USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps)
  • Support for integrated Intel wireless AC (WiFi 802.11ac R2 & Bluetooth 5)
  • Intel Optane memory support
  • Intel Smart Sound Technology with quad core audio DSP
  • Support for modern standby

In terms of I/O, we are looking at:

  • Up To 30 Chipset High Speed IO Lanes
  • 24 Chipset PCIe 3.0 Lanes
  • 10 USB 3.1 Ports With Up To 6 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) Ports
  • Up To 6 SATA 3.0 Ports
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 16
  • PCIe 3.0 x4 Storage Support
  • CPU Attached Intel PCIe Storage

We can also expect Intel to launch a Pro series family of CPUs when the corporate chipsets launch and those will be placed directly against the Ryzen Pro processors. Expect more details and Z370 motherboard details in the coming days.