With the release of Intel’s 8th technology Core processor lines (Espresso Lake), Intel also released a fresh motherboard chipset, Z370. The true surprise, however, emerged when it was unveiled that Espresso Lake wouldn’t normally be appropriate for Z270 motherboards even though they use the same LGA 1151 outlet. Some individuals assumed it was an arbitrary limitation, but it could want to do with Intel likely to release 8-main Coffee Lake potato chips sometime down the road.
Andrew Wu, product supervisor for Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards at Asus, spoke with Bit-Tech about the new CPUs and the proceedings with backwards compatibility. When asked to shed some light on the specialized details avoiding Espresso Lake processors from employed in Z270 motherboards, Wu responded that it was “Intel’s decision,” recommending that compatibility could can be found if Intel allowed it.
Bit-Tech prodded further, requesting Wu if it was a physical restriction, as Intel cases the restriction is due to power delivery.
“Not necessarily. It [the electricity delivery] makes a small amount of difference, however, not much,” Wu said. He added that it might be possible to aid the existing crop of Caffeine Lake processors in a Z270 motherboard with “an upgrade form the Me personally [Management Engine unit] and a BIOS revise,” except that “Intel in some way has locked the compatibility.”
Now here’s where things get interesting. For Espresso Lake, Intel added more pins to provide more capacity to the new CPUs. While Wu thinks that current 6-key Espresso Lake processors can work in Z270 motherboards if Intel allowed it, he concedes “It is possible these are in prep for the high-core count up processors.”
Quite simply, while Z270 motherboards could probably handle the hop to 6-center, things could easily get tricky when of course, if Intel presents 8-primary SKUs. If this is the circumstance, then Intel erred privately of extreme caution by restricting Caffeine Lake on Z270 motherboards completely, rather than aiding Caffeine Lake up to 6 cores, and necessitating Z370 for 8-key CPUs.
Naturally, this is all speculation at this time. However, with AMD moving out 8-central CPUs to the mainstream market with Ryzen, it wouldn’t astonish us if Intel used suit in the not-too-distant future.
In any event, Wu doesn’t start to see the situation as an awful one for customers.
“Usually, the sort of customers that curently have a Z270 plank will most likely not upgrade because of this generation. In most of Z370 users, maybe they are using their Computer for three or five years, so