Intel’s New Z390 May Be Scrapped

Tech titan Intel, known for their computer motherboard in Thailand and across the world, recently confirmed the existence of their latest chip range; the Z390. However, new reports say that the company may be looking to just forego the product range and just rename the current Z370 chipset to take its place.

Built on the 14nm process node, the Z390 chipset was, reportedly, going to offer native USB 3.1 gen 2 support, as well as built-in support for an as-of-yet unreleased eight-core Coffee Lake CPU. The new chipset would’ve signified the move to 14nm transistor tech, which would’ve complete a 14nm lineup for the Coffee Lake motherboards, which also covers the SKUs ranges for enthusiasts. Currently, the Z370 chipset is the flagship chipset, thanks to its earlier release date, though it still runs on the 22nm process node, much like its predecessor, the Z270.

The rumour comes from Chinese manufacturing company Benchlife, which handles computer motherboard in Thailand and across the world, which was informed of the change. The source of the info has not been confirmed, which leaves these rumours to verified. Though, the Intel ‘Z390 Chipset’ webpage, the one that confirmed the product range, has also been shut down.

Notably, prior to these rumours, the H310 chipset was also scrapped because Intel’s 14nm fab being overcrowded. Intel’s 14nm process is the one utilized H310, H370, B360 and Q370 motherboards, whilst Z370 still has the 22nm. The 14nm node is very much in high demand, which means that the company’s 14nm fabs will be running at full capacity.

The Z390 was expected to show in the Taipei Computex tech show, but it was a no-show. Industry expectations are saying that the Z390 will be launched, in one iteration or another, before the end of September 2018, which is about the expected release of the Intel Coffee Lake eight-core CPU.

The Z390 wasn’t expected to bring new developments compared to the prior Z370 stand-in, with the native USB 3.1 gen 2 support was the key feature. This tech wasn’t too big for Intel’s gamer customers, as they have access to that functionality thanks to third-party ASMedia controllers.

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By Nikki Sanderson Posted in Business