The first clue that Intel is preparing to launch a Z390 chipset for its high-end Coffee Lake processor has arrived in the form of a leaked product brief.
While the market is not short of Z370 motherboards that can be used with Intel Coffee Lake, there has been a great deal of selection for enthusiasts.
However, computing blog Anandtech has managed to get hold of product brief document that describes the planned Z390 chipset in great detail.
The post appeared on the chip maker's website during the weekend but was quickly removed, suggesting that it was leaked ahead of launch.
When Intel announced the Coffee Lake processors last October, enthusiasts only had the option to pair it with the Z370 chipset. But that is set to change.
Looking to build on the Z370, H370 and H310 chipsets, the Z390 comes with features such as overclocking and support for Intel Optane.
Compatible with the Intel 300 Series platform, the chipset can support six USB 3.1 (10gbps) ports and a wireless networking MAC component for dual 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The latter enables 160MHz wireless bands.
When put next to the Z370, the Z390 brings some notable changes in terms of design. For instance, the left side new has new USB 3.1 ports, and the WIFI MAC port is on the right.
The main selling point of the Z390 is that it combines the features of Intel's high-end and low-cost chipsets for Coffee Lake. It announced H370, B360 and H310 in April.
There does not seem to be a great deal of information about pricing at the moment, but the Anandtech report suggests it will start at $130. Expect to see the chipset arrive within the coming months.
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