Coffee Lake processors may need new motherboards

Unfortunately, the future processors of Intel Coffee Lake, which should be released before mid-October, are likely to be incompatible with the current motherboards of the 200th series, which run Kaby Lake.

The announcement of this appeared on Wednesday in the official Twitter-account of the company ASRock, which is engaged in the production of motherboards.

In response to a question from one of the users to @ASRockInfo, whether the Z270 Supercarrier motherboards will support the Coffee Lake processors, the answer was that future processors are not compatible with 200-series motherboards.

Subsequently, ASRock deleted its answer . There is a version that this is done under pressure from Intel.

The editors of PCWorld contacted ASRock, but received no response. Intel declined to comment on the ASRock Twitter account, noting that it did not comment on future products.

If the rumors are true, then along with the new processor in the future upgrade will have to buy a new motherboard.

PCWorld believes that one of the possible reasons for this decision of Intel may be the so-called "market segmentation." That is, the company wants more money to be paid.

Another possible reason is that the company wants to make sure that the entire system is guaranteed to be balanced and to avoid possible problems with technical support. There is a possibility that, officially, Coffee Lake will work only on the Z370, but unofficially, they can be inserted into the old Z270 motherboards with previous chipsets. But this is only hope, because indeed there may not be such an opportunity. Although the Coffee Lake chips are based on the same 14 nm process technology (with improvements) and they seem to use the same chipset, this could be the first 6-core processors on the new platform, and the Z270 motherboards were not designed for such power consumption.

This turn of events is unprofitable for motherboard manufacturers, PCWorld believes, because users may refuse to buy Z270 boards, and perhaps the current gesture of ASRock is a kind of attempt to influence Intel to change its mind.


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