Intel Board Partners Add Support For Next-Generation CPUs To Z370 Motherboards – Hints at 8 Core Processor Compatibility on Current Platforms

Jul 14, 2018

Intel board partners have released the latest BIOS for their current Z370 motherboards. The latest BIOS revision is surprising for one reason which is that it adds support for next-generation CPUs on current Z370 products, something which was has been hinted since last years, 8th gen CPU release in the market.

Intel Z370 Motherboards Get Support For Next-Generation Processors, 8 Core CPU Support Confirmed?

Almost all major board manufacturers have released a new BIOS for their current generation, Z370 motherboards. The BIOS shipping in the month of July improves system performance and updates the Intel Management Engine but aside from that, it also has one unique feature. The motherboard BIOS adds support for the next-generation or latest 8th generation processors.

Intel 9th Gen Core Processors Get Price Cuts, New Xeon W-2200 and 10th Gen X-Series CPUs Announced

We know that Intel hasn't launched any new processor this month and the Core i7-8086K, the last new chip from Intel, was released last month. Based on a similar design to the Core i7-8700K, the current motherboards fully supported it so no big of a BIOS change was required. But here, we are looking at a completely new generation of processors.

MSI is listing the BIOS support for 'New Generation CPU" while others have listed support for "The Latest 8th Gen Intel CPU". Intel's Coffee Lake-S is regarded as the 8th generation core family and we know that the upcoming Coffee Lake Refresh is not that different to the existing processor line up. However, the upcoming refresh has been mentioned to feature the 9th generation branding and it's not like they are moving to a new architecture, as it remains the same.

Currently, Intel has a very confusing 8th generation lineup which includes Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Cannonlake based processors. With the actual 9th generation core, codenamed 'Ice Lake' still far away from launch on desktop PCs, it looks like the 9th generation branding will be coming to desktops early but in the form of Coffee Lake Refresh. This lineup is also expected to feature the much awaited 8 core option from Intel which will put them next to AMD's Ryzen processors in the mainstream desktop segment.

Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:

Processor NameProcessCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockCacheTDPPrice
Core i9-9900KS14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz (8 Cores)16 MB127W$513 US
Core i9-9900K14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB95W$488 US
Core i9-9900KF14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB95W$488 US
Core i7-9700K14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz12 MB95W$374 US
Core i7-9700KF14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz 12 MB95W$374 US
Core i5-9600K14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-9600KF14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-960014nm++6 / 63.1 GHz4.5 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-950014nm++6 / 63.0 GHz4.3 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-940014nm++6 / 62.9 GHz4.1 GHz9 MB65W$182
Core i5-9400T14nm++6 / 61.8 GHz3.4 GHz9 MB35WTBD
Core i3-9350KF14nm++4/44.0 GHz4.6 GHz8 MB91WTBD
Core i3-910014nm++4 / 4TBD4.2 GHz6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-900014nm++4 / 43.7 GHzN/A6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-9000T14nm++4 / 43.2 GHzN/A6 MB35WTBD

The BIOS also seems to confirm the long-running rumor about Z370 compatibility with new CPUs. It looks like that would be retained and with Z390 looking more and more like a Z370 refresh due to a constrained 14nm process, the news adds more validity to our findings. Expect to see the new line of processors in the coming months as it was planned to hit market availability in 2H 2018.

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
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