Intel has taken over the market with their high-end Z370 motherboards. Z370 is a successor of B360 and H310 chipset having a huge drag of technologies life SLI/Crossfire support, USB Type C and USB 3.1 Gen 2 support. But there is a chipset kind of drawback of Z370 chipset which doesn’t fully wield USB 3.1 Gen 2 support. So Intel is planning to cover this flaw and gain perfection and hit the market with their officially confirmed Z390 chipset motherboards using 14nm silicon unlike previously 22nm by Kaby-lake and Coffee-lake boards.

Intel recently released documental comparison of its 300 chipset motherboards for April 2018 update.

Intel 300 Series Chipset Features Table (April 2018 Updates)
Z390 Z370 Q370 H370 B360 H310
DDR4 Overclocking Yes Yes No No No No
On-CPU PCI Express*
3.0 Configuration(s)
1X16 or 2X8 or 1×8+2X4 1×16 or 2×8
or
1×8+2×4
1×16 or 2×8
or
1×8+2×4
1×16 1×16 1×16
Independent Display
Ports / Pipes Support
3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/2
Memory Channels
/ DIMMs per Channel
2/2 2/2 2/2 2/2 2/2 2/1
Processor Overclocking Yes Yes No No No No
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC
Support (CNVi)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel Optane Memory Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Maximum High Speed I/O Lanes 30? 30 30 30 24 14
Maximum USB 3.1 Ports:
Gen 2 / Gen 1
6/10 0/10 6/10 4/8 4/6 0/4
Maximum SATA 6Gb/s Ports 6 6 6 6 6 4
Maximum PCI Express* 3.0 lanes 24 (v3.0) 24 (v3.0) 24 (v3.0) 20 (v3.0) 12 (v3.0) 6 (v2.0)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Maximum Intel RST for PCIe
Storage Ports (x2 M.2 or x4 M.2)
3 3 3 2 1 0
Intel RST PCIe RAID 0, 1, 5 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Intel RST SATA RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Intel RST for CPU-attached
Intel PCIe Storage
Yes Yes Yes No No No

 

There is not much difference between Z370 and Z390 motherboards but only 6 out of 10 USB ports are Gen 2 ready & Intel also added support to the Z390 for Wireless-AC 2×2 160 MHz and Bluetooth 5 and that’s where Z390 is reconsidered as the top-end motherboard gonna available in the market for this year.

Bluechip, a German PC OEM recently posted a roadmap for Z390 chipset motherboard and it’s quite easier to understand with the information above if manipulated correctly.

There is no release date announced yet for the continuity of this new era of intel top-notch chipset. Stay tuned for more!