The chipset war of supremacy between AMD and Intel is quite evident. If you are keenly observing the improvements and announcements being made by both the manufacturers, you may have already concluded the one-upmanship that both these players have had since long. As part of this ongoing war, Intel has recently announced that it will be releasing its new range of chipsets in the form Z390. Which motherboards can we expect to come with this new gen chipset? Let us take a look at the best Z390 chipset Motherboards expected from the top manufacturers.
Best Z390 Chipset Motherboards
The chipset has been announced only recently. It could be too early to expect the motherboards based on the new chipset. Even then, in the technology world, where things change over a matter of just a month, it is not impossible either.
There have been a few announcements being made, but have no specific inputs as to what exactly they will be like and what features will they incorporate. Even then it would be interesting to note that there has been an interest generated.
Before we can check out the new Z390 chipset motherboards, let us check out the features that the new Intel chipset promises to offer.
Intel Z390 Chipset – An Overview
The product description for the new Intel Chipset Z390 went online in May 2018. However, there have been no previous inputs any developments, and as such experts and bloggers began speculating that it was an accidental leak.
Whatever it is, the spec sheet reads impressive enough. It has been considered to be part of the second generation high-speed chipset in the 300 series platform from Intel. It should be noted that the series was developed explicitly for the Coffee lake Desktop processors. The new chipset differs from the Z370 on two counts. It adds up six USB 3.1 ports capable of 10Gbps. Then there is an introduction built-in wireless networking for dual-band 802.11ac. Plus, Bluetooth 5.0 is included in the chip!
The Z390 Chipset Motherboards
There have been a few announcements from motherboard manufacturers after the specifications for the new Z390 chipsets have been made. Please note that none of these announcements is concrete in nature. In fact, it would be interesting to note that most of the inputs have been in the form of leaks and suggestions rather than being the exact announcements as such.
In any case, let us check out these announcements.
BiostarZ390 RACING GT3/GT5 motherboard
Biostar has recently announced its association with the newly declared Intel Z390 chipset. It has reported that they will be coming out with the Z390 based RACING GT3 and GT5 motherboards. The announcements have been made with teasing on the Z390 chipset.
We are not aware of the chipset as yet since Intel has still not come up with a formal announcement on the same. The leaks for the Biostar Racing GT5 motherboard indicate that the maximum TDP for the Z390 is likely to be 95 Watts. This should be evident from the maximum TDP supported by the Biostar Racing GT5 is 95 W.
However, the TDP limited to 95 W may also mean that it may or may not support the 8 Core CPU performances. However, without a proper announcement from both Biostar and Intel, it may not be easy to pinpoint the exact specifications as of now.
Super Micro C9Z390-CG-IW
This is yet another motherboard that rides high on the announcement (or rather, leak) from Intel about the upcoming Z390 motherboard chipset. The motherboard came upon 3DMark results a few weeks ago, apparently leaked by SuperMicro.
The reported core clock speed has been 2.4 GHz, while the maximum turbo clock speed is stated to be at 3.9 GHz. It will come with six cores and employ the LGA1151 socket. This announcement can also mean that the new Z390 chipset will support both eight core and six core 8th Gen core CPUs.
ASRock Z390 Pro4
MSI has made several announcements concerning the implementation of the Z390 chipset based motherboards. One prominent leak that we have found is ASRock Z390 Pro4. The motherboard is yet to be launched, and the exact specifications are not however clearly available.
However, a few inputs suggest the following parameters –
- Socket: Intel 1151v2
- Form Factor: Standard ATX
- Chipset: Intel Z390
In addition to the ASRock Z390 Pro4, there have been a few other motherboards that have appeared in the design stage. Some of them are ASRock Z390M-ITX/ac and ASRock Z390M Pro4. However, none of them seems to be coming with any specific details concerning the exact specifications.
As can be seen from the above discussion, it should be evident that the Z390 chipset is yet to make its appearance. From that perspective, we may not be able to pinpoint the exact features and specifications of any of the motherboards as things stand as of now. The chipset will be released in the second part of the year 2018. Until then, it will be nothing more than mere speculation.
Z390 to be discontinued?
Shortly after the announcement was made to indicate the launch of Intel Z390 chipset, few reports are coming in to suggest that the new processor may be scrapped and the features may be incorporated in the new and existing range of Z370 processors.
The report has come from the online benchmarks and sparked speculations that the launch may be halted. However, the rumor can be entirely unconfirmed and may need to be treated as just that – a rumor. In any case, the webpage for the product on the official Intel website has been taken down as per the reports.
Well, the announcement about the Intel Z390 chipset has not yet gone public. It was part of a leak. Even the statements from the motherboard manufacturers have been inconclusive as they too may be waiting for the updates from Intel about the exact features and specifications. However, the benchmarks and test results appearing on test websites may also indicate the possibility of an impending launch.
Some of the manufacturers of existing Z370 motherboards have already released BIOS updates to support an 8-Core next-gen Intel CPUs. So, this brings in the question of the very existence of the Z390 platform.
There have also been reports that the existing Z370 will be renamed to Z390 as per the rumors. In any case, we may need to wait until the end of the year for any fruitful announcement.