While it is presumably one of the most inadequately kept secrets in the world of PC hardware, Intel’s methods to release its 9th Gen processors is still causing lots of enthusiasm for gamers and content creators. The follow up to last years Coffee Lake lineup will produce the first-ever 8-core CPUs to Intel’s mainstream product lineup. As with any new Intel series release, a new motherboard chipset will be arriving in public, and this time it will come in the form of the Z390. Ahead of the alleged October release, glamor shots of these next-gen motherboards are protruding up like crazy.
Hardware news site VideoCardz has been active at work, posting shots from the seemingly infinite supply of leaks. Here are a few of the standout boards that manufacturers are planning to sell with the new 9700K and 9900K CPUs.
ASUS MAXIMUS XI Extreme
ASUS MAXIMUS Formula (with EK waterblock)
ASUS MAXIMUS XI Gene
ASUS Z390-A, Z390-P, and Z390-P mATX
ASRock Z390 Taichi
ASRock Z390-P Phantom Gaming 9
MSI MEG Z390 Godlike
MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk
MSI Z390I Gaming Edge Mini-ITX
The most important modifications coming with the Z390 chipset will be the latest integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller that support up to 6 Gen 2 ports and 10 Gen 1 ports, Intel’s newest AC Wifi controller, and a new Intel sound solution. Additionally, these new motherboards are assumed to have upgraded VRMs to handle the additional load expected from the new 8-core CPUs. All the boards should be on counters at or around the time Intel officially launches its new CPU series. The exact date of this release is not yet known but should be right around the corner.