Official dates are not out, but the launch of Intel Z390 enabled motherboards should take too long!
Intel has officially released a wealth of information about its incoming Intel Z390 platform. Unlike the Z370, the upcoming Intel Z390 overclockable chipset will have updated features such as CVNi, native USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. There are many feature sets which are the same as the previous premium mainstream desktop chipset- such as six SATA 6Gb/ps ports, up to three 32Gb/s M.2/U.2 connectors, 24 PCIe Gen 3 lanes. The native memory support for DDR4 is up to 2666 MHz. Via the CPU’s on-chip graphics, it provides three DisplayPort/HDMI support.
Comparison of feature sets
Surprisingly, this will have six USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. Additionally, there will be ten USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, fourteen USB 2.0 (if manufacturers will even both using them). Intel recommends its partners to pair it with WiFi-AC 9560 which supports 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 5 as a mandatory feature since it is not coloured as ‘optional’. According to it its diagram, it supports 1GbE MAC. As one will expect, the Intel Z390 chipset will support Optane memory.
Coffee Lake Support? Nay? Yay? SAY!
With the official release of this information, the launch of Intel Z390 platform should not be far away. There is no additional information such as support for upcoming Cannon lake CPUs. As of now, Lenovo Ideapad 330 with 10nm Cannon lake notebook processor (Core i3-8121U) and launched in China. It is known through few sources (and obviously based on Intel’s SKU naming)- Intel would launch the Core i7-9700K with eight-core/16 thread count somewhere in 2H 2018. With similarities between upcoming and current desktop chipset launches, H370, B360 AND H310 should have Cannon lake support. So we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) May 14, 2018