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ASRock Adds 9th Gen Core Compatibility Across Intel 300-series Chipset Lineup

ASRock's 300 series motherboards now support the new support Intel Core 9000 series processor family. via new BIOS update. With the outstanding and no compromise CPU VRM design of every ASRock motherboards, current ASRock Z370, H370, B360 and H310 series motherboards users can now experience the extreme performance of the new processor with only a few clicks. For every ASRock motherboard we're currently selling that supports this new CPU will have a "8Core CPU Support" sticker on the product box, it may adopt the new CPU right out of box.
Visit this page for links to your motherboard's BIOS update.

AMD Announces the B450 Chipset

AMD today announced the B450 motherboard chipset for socket AM4 processors and APUs. Positioned as the mid-range option from AMD's 400-series chipset family, the B450 will power motherboards priced anywhere between $70 to $160, and packs certain high-end features that could let you save money over choosing pricier X470-powered boards. To begin with, the B450, like the X470, has a lower TDP and power-draw, so it runs cooler, and can make do with lighter heatsinks. It comes with slightly improved reference CPU VRM and memory wiring specifications that AMD introduced with the X470. The B450, like the X470, also supports XFR 2 "Enhanced" and Precision Boost Overdrive (that lets you tinker with boost frequencies without arbitrarily setting a high clock speed).

The B450 is recommended by AMD for both Ryzen 5 series and Ryzen 7 series, provided you don't need multi-GPU, as motherboards based on B450 aren't allowed to have PEG lane bifurcation. You still get multiplier-unlocked CPU overclocking support (something the competing Intel B360 platform lacks), as well as memory overclocking. The B450 packs out of the box support for AMD StoreMI, a storage virtualization feature that stripes a portion of your memory, your fast SSD, and slower HDD, into a single volume, and juggles hot data in and out of the faster media in the background. You can have any brand of drives to use StoreMI. B350 motherboards support StoreMI through BIOS updates.

ASUS Intros TUF B360M-Plus Gaming S Motherboard

ASUS expanded its mid-range TUF Gaming motherboard lineup with a new micro-ATX socket LGA1151 motherboard, the TUF B360M-Plus Gaming S. Built with the characteristic black+yellow color scheme and the polygonal shape, this board takes in 8th generation Core processors. It draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the CPU with a 4+3 phase VRM. The CPU is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots, and a reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. Two other PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots, and three M.2 PCIe slots make for the rest of the expansion.

Storage connectivity includes two M.2-2280 slots with PCIe gen 3.0 x4 wiring, one of which also has SATA 6 Gbps wiring; and six SATA 6 Gbps ports. The third M.2 slot is 30 mm long, has PCIe 3.0 x1 wiring, and is meant for CNVi WLAN cards. Networking is handled by an Intel i219-V controller driving a GbE interface. The onboard audio solution combines an entry-level Realtek ALC887 codec with 6-channel output, audio-grade capacitors, and ground-layer isolation. USB connectivity includes two USB 3.1 gen 2 (both type-A), four USB 3.1 gen 1 (three type-A, one type-C), two USB 3.1 gen 1 front-panel ports by header; and a number of USB 2.0 ports. The board features an RGB LED ornament at the top-right corner, and a 4-pin RGB LED header, controlled by Aura Sync RGB software. The board is expected to be priced around USD $120.

BIOSTAR also Shows Non-Mining Motherboards, M500 Series NVMe at COMPUTEX 2018

BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2018 also showcased some other bits and pieces of hardware that didn't actually focus on mining. The company's M500 Series M.2 SSD, for example, features relatively high performance (not for an NVMe drive, surely, but against a SATA SSD there's just no competition). The LED indicators are interesting additions, dynamically blinking and giving color-coded information at a glance regarding drive temperature (which may sometimes be relevant in hunting down throttling scenarios), as well as data transmission on the drive itself.

A Push for the Higher Margin: Intel Reportedly Discontinues Production of Its H310 Chipset

A report straight out of DigiTimes, citing industry sources, says that Intel has discontinued production of its H310 chipset. The decision has apparently stemmed from lower than expected production capacity for chipsets on the 14 nm process. When that happens, production focus must shift to a specific part: in this case, Intel obviously went with the option with the lower opportunity cost, and increased production of the Z370 chipset: the one with the increased feature-set, and, most likely than not, higher margins.

After a single month of tight supply for the H310 chipset, motherboard makers are now forced to use Intel's B360 chipset in their more cost-conscious options as well - a part which carries higher cost, and thus precludes manufacturers from hitting all the price points they usually would with a fully vertical Intel chipset lineup. Speculation has emerged claiming Intel suspended the supply of H310 because they have chosen to conduct a manufacturing process change from the tight-supply 14 nm (used across almost all of Intel's production stack, both consumer and enterprise) to a 22 nm fabrication technology. Further speculation places this constrained 14 nm supply as existent because of the delay in advancing to 10 nm, a process that Intel expected to be producing in volume by now (and since a while back, to be fair).

ASUS Intros B360-V Expedition Motherboard for Gaming iCafes

ASUS expanded its Expedition line of motherboards and graphics cards purpose built for gaming iCafes (they're still a thing in the developing world), with the new B360-V Expedition motherboard for 8th generation "Coffee Lake" processors. Built in the slim micro-ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. A simple 5-phase VRM powers the CPU, which is wired to two DDR4 DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of memory; and one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot.

Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gbps ports. 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of it. What makes this board suited for iCafes, is high-grade electrical components, better anchored PCI-Express slots, surge protection across all LAN and USB ports, and slightly better onboard audio than other boards in its class, with separate PCB layers handling left and right audio channels; and 144 hours of rigorous stress-testing of each board before it's packaged.

BIOSTAR Inadvertently Confirms Intel's Z390 Platform

BIOSTAR has inadvertently confirmed the long-sought Intel Z390 platform via a very untimely release of the user manual for its upcoming BIOSTAR Z390 RACING GT3 motherboard, which is based on the new Intel chipset. The information comes as BIOSTAR has apparently decided to cover both their B360 (B360 GT3S) and Z390 motherboards in a single user manual, which naturally spills the beans on the as-of-yet unannounced Z390 platform.

Some tidbits that can be gleaned from the user manual is that the maximum TDP for Intel's Z390 processor may well be in the 95 W range, as that's the maximum apparently supported (according to the documentation) by BIOSTAR's RACING GT5 motherboard. Remember that the Z390 chipset will allow overclocking of Intel's K-based processors. This motherboard is given some extra attention (and with layout pictures!) in the users' manual. It's been a ride made of rumors and leaked, poorly edited roadmaps and rushed chipset releases, but here we are. The time would always have come to us.

BIOSTAR Presents Entry Level Intel 300 Series Motherboards

BIOSTAR presents two entry-level micro-ATX motherboards featuring the new Intel B360 and H310 chipsets - BIOSTAR B360MHD PRO and BIOSTAR H310MHD PRO; for office and home entertainment applications. The B360MHD PRO and H310MHD PRO have BIOSTAR's all new Nano Carbon Coating Heatsink for improved cooling over aluminium-extruded heatsinks, AudioArt Capacitors projecting artistic-like sound and Hi-Fi audio amplification effects and Tough Power Enhanced to ensure full energy output without additional energy loss.

The micro-ATX BIOSTAR B360MHD PRO uses the new entry-level B360 chipset that supports LGA 1151 8th generation Intel Core processors. It supports dual-channel memory of up to DDR4-2666MHz, a single PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot with reinforced iron protection design and USB3.1 Gen1. Other notable features include 6+ Experience and Charger Booster Technology for quicker mobile phone charges.

MSI Announces its H370, B360, and H310 Motherboards

MSI, the world-leading gaming motherboard brand, is ready to launch new motherboards together with Intel H370, B360, and H310 chipsets. To satisfy the need of more CPU cores in the mainstream and value market, MSI has prepared a great variety of motherboards in Performance GAMING, Arsenal GAMING and also PRO Series. This time, MSI motherboards are packed with brand-new unique features to both cater gamers and professional users, allowing them to do more with more cores by using MSI motherboards.

Furthermore, MSI is proud to announce MINING motherboards for those who are involved in mining activities. With MSI exclusive features specifically for mining, miners are able to maximize the mining efficiency.

ASRock Announces Motherboards Based on Intel H370, B360, and H310 Chipsets

The leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, is pleased to announce the launch of the latest motherboards in the company's extensive series of products based on Intel 300 series chipsets. With these new releases, ASRock completes its Intel 300 series line up, and is now able to offer a complete range of Intel 300-based motherboards suitable for all users and market sectors.

To support the increase of core count on the 8th Generation Intel Core Processors, ASRock has upgraded its CPU VRM design to provide more power phases than ever for maximum stability. On the other hand, these motherboards also support Key-E Type M.2 WiFi expansion cards, ensuring a fast and stable connection.

ASUS Announces H370 and B360 Series Motherboards

The arrival last year of Intel's 8th Generation Core processors alongside a high-end Z370 platform meant increased horsepower for people who do more with their PCs, whether it's serious work like content creation and video editing, or recreational tasks like live-streaming gaming sessions. But extra cores aren't limited to flagship territory. They extend all the way down to the entry-level Core i3, and today they're joined by new H370 and B360 platforms that bring additional connectivity to affordable price points. We've deployed these chipsets across a complete family of ASUS 300-series motherboards that are loaded with exclusive technologies, feature unparalleled durability and a focus on ease-of-use that help everyone get the most out of their PCs.

ASUS DNA is the Foundation of Your Build: Every build and user is different, so we have developed a deep lineup across ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, and Prime lines. While each family has distinct aesthetics and personalities, all three draw from core ASUS DNA that has been carefully refined over nearly 30 years of making motherboards. Signature features can be found throughout, from DIGI+ VRM circuitry that delivers reliable power to the CPU, to OptiMem trace routing that improves signaling for your memory resulting in increased stability and performance.

GIGABYTE Announces Aorus Motherboards Based on Intel H370 and B360 Chipsets

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is pleased to announce the release of the newest H370 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI and B360 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI motherboards. The motherboards boast Intel CNViTM WIFI technology through the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 module for optimized wireless connectivity and a Realtek ALC1220-VB audio CODEC for crisper audio quality. Featuring critically-acclaimed Ultra Durable technology, H370 and B360 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI motherboards are designed with a high-quality power design and are CEC 2019 compliant for the most stable, durable, as well as energy efficient motherboards.

H370 and B360 AORUS GAMING 3 WIFI motherboards implement an Intel Wireless-AC 9560 module with Intel CNViTM WIFI technology to support 802.11ac wireless features and BLUETOOTH 5. When paired with Intel 8th Gen. Core processors, the motherboards deliver next-gen wireless connectivity that is significantly faster and more stable at further range. Under the AORUS design, the 2x2 802.11ac WIFI Wave 2 is optimized for faster download speeds even under dense network traffic as well as delivery speeds up to 1.733 Gbps when using 160 MHz channels, doubling that of standard designs. Simultaneous support for multiple devices is enabled on these boards by their 2T2R Antenna design, resulting in a maximum transmission bandwidth 2x higher than that of previous generations. In addition, the boards offer lightning-quick Ethernet from its Intel GbE LAN with cFos accelerator and WTFast. The inclusion of a GIGABYTE exclusive gaming LAN RTL8118 Ethernet controller gives the gamer advanced control over net traffic priority, ensuring that gamers are never a step behind their opponents.

Colorful Announces Battle Axe C.B360M-HD Deluxe Motherboard

COLORFUL Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions is proud to announce the release of its newest motherboard that support Intel LGA1151 8th-gen Core processors. Featuring the B360 chipset, COLORFUL's new Battle Axe C.B360M-HD Deluxe V20 motherboard aims to deliver the essentials to get a gamer up and running immediately with the latest processors from Intel. The Battle Axe series from COLORFUL aims to bring gamers the quality and performance expected from COLORFUL but in a more accessible price range as well as bring features that are appealing to gamers. The Battle Axe C.B360M-HD Deluxe V20 motherboard is available April 3rd in select regions.

COLORFUL is aiming to give gamers a new entry path to COLORFUL gaming experience with the new Battle Axe series. The new Battle Axe C.B360M-HD Deluxe V20 motherboard features support for the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors including the new 6-core Core i7 and Core i5 models. Featuring a 5-phase power delivery design, the Battle Axe C.B360-HD Deluxe V20 supports up to 95W TDP processors and with reinforced power design, the motherboard ensures stable and reliable current to the processor so users can experience better thermal performance and efficiency from their system.

Intel Expands 8th Gen. Core Desktop Processor Family, Introduces New Chipsets

Intel today expanded its 8th generation Core desktop processor family, to include xx new models across its Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 brand extensions. The company also introduced entry-level Pentium Gold and Celeron processors. The chips are based on the 14 nm "Coffee Lake" silicon, and are compatible with socket LGA1151 motherboards based on Intel 300-series chipset. Intel has relegated dual-core to the Celeron and Pentium Gold brands. The Celeron series includes 2-core/2-thread chips with 3 MB L3 cache; while the Pentium Gold series includes 2-core/4-thread chips with 4 MB L3 cache.

The company is launching the 8th generation Celeron series with two models, the G4900 and the G4920, clocked at 3.10 GHz, and 3.20 GHz, respectively. The Pentium Gold family has three parts, the G5400, the G5500, and the G5600, clocked at 3.70 GHz, 3.80 GHz, and 3.90 GHz, respectively. The 8th generation Core i3 family of 4-core/4-thread parts receives a new member, the i3-8300. Endowed with 8 MB of L3 cache, this chip is clocked at 3.70 GHz, and sits between the i3-8100 and the i3-8350K, but lacks the unlocked multiplier of the latter.

BIOSTAR Announces Intel B360 Gaming Motherboards: RACING B360GT5S, B360GT3S

Following the success of the award winning BIOSTAR RACING Z370 series motherboards for enthusiast gaming, BIOSTAR announces its new mainstream gaming motherboards with the Intel B360 chipset for budget conscious gamers who still want the latest features offered by Intel 300 series, Coffee Lake platform.

These include an ATX motherboard BIOSTAR RACING B360GT5S and a micro-ATX motherboard, BIOSTAR RACING B360GT3S. Both models are designed for gamers with the new RACING theme, black on the PCB, integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type C), Iron Slot Protection, the latest A.I. FAN utility to customize and auto-detect temperatures, and Advanced VIVID LED DJ for more RGB control. BIOSTAR RACING B360GT5S also includes M.2 Cooling Protection heatsink.

Sneak Peek of Upcoming H370, H310, and B360 Motherboards from ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI

Coffee Lake processors were launched along side the high-end Z370 motherboards. While the Z370 chipset certainly brings many innovative features to the table, different consumers have different levels of needs. Some consumers simply don't need all the bells and whistles that the Z370 chipset has to offer. That's why other mainstream chipsets like H370, H310, and B360 still hold their value, and many consumers are waiting for motherboards based on one of the aformentioned chipsets to come out. Unfortunately, Intel still haven't shared a concrete launch date with the public. But as online stores have started to list the new H370, H310, and B360 motherboards, our guess is that they will be available real soon. Since some of you are probably planning your next budget PC build with one of these chipsets, we've rounded up the images of the different models that are currently floating around the internet. You can get a sneak peek at the offerings from major manufacturers like ASRock, Gigabyte, and MSI. There are 29 models in total that range from the mini-ATX form factor to the conventional ATX form factor.

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Cheaper Intel 300-series Chipset Motherboards Around the Corner

Right now, it makes little sense to pick up Intel's Core i3 quad-core and cheaper Core i5 six-core chips, only to pair them with the company's premium Z370 Express chipset-based motherboards, which start around $139. The company had promised a second wave of Core i3 and Core i5 "Coffee Lake" processors, and newer Pentium Gold and Celeron parts based on the silicon; alongside three cheaper motherboard chipsets - H370 Express, B360 Express, and H310 Express; for launch some time in Q1-2018. We're getting word that March could be a busy month for PC hardware retailers.

The H370 has an almost identical feature-set to the Z370, except its lack of support for CPU overclocking and multi-GPU (PCIe segmentation). The B360 is slightly cheaper, and has fewer connectivity options. The H310 is entry-level, and has the least connectivity options. H370-based motherboards could be priced between $100 to $170; B360-based ones $80 to $130, and H310-based ones $50 to $70. Online retailers have already begun listing some of these motherboards. A list was compiled by Redditor dayman56. It includes links to over a dozen such listings of ASRock and GIGABYTE motherboards that, if not anything else, confirm model names.

Intel Core i5-8500 Surfaces on SANDRA Database

It's no revelation that Intel is expanding its 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" desktop processor lineup through Q1-2018, alongside cost-effective B360 Express and H310 Express motherboard chipsets. One of these is the Core i5-8500 six-core processor, positioned a notch above the current Core i5-8400. The chip surfaced on a SiSoft SANDRA database entry. Although the i5-8400 launched at $189, retailers are pushing it for 10-15 percent margins above MSRP. The i5-8500 could launch bang-on the $200-mark, although one must expect a similarly jacked up $220-ish retail price.

The Core i5-8500 comes with a psychologically-pleasing 3.00 GHz nominal clock speed (while the i5-8400 has a sub-3 GHz clock of 2.80 GHz). The database entry doesn't reveal Turbo Boost clocks, but given that the i5-8400 comes with a 4.00 GHz Boost frequency, one can expect that of the i5-8500 to be 4.20-4.30 GHz. The 6-core/6-thread chip comes with 9 MB of shared L3 cache, and a TDP rating of 65W. It scored 139.63 GOPS in the Arithmetic test, 317.88 Mpix/s in the multi-media test, 7.49 GB/s in the cryptography test, which puts its performance in the league of AMD's Ryzen 5 1600.

First Intel Z390 Chipset Motherboard Spotted in SANDRA Database

The first socket LGA1151 motherboard based on Intel's upcoming Z390 Express chipset was spotted on SiSoft SANDRA database. The board is SuperMicro C7Z390-PGW, a client-segment motherboard by SuperMicro under its SuperO brand. Intel is slating launch of the Z390 Express chipset for some time in the second half of 2018, following the early-2018 launches of H370 Express, B360 Express, and H310 Express.

The Z390 Express chipset adds to the feature-set of the platform, with an integrated Programmable Quad-Core Audio DSP, SoundWire digital audio interface, an integrated 10 Gbps USB 3.1 controller, integrated 802.11ac WLAN controller (with external PHY), an integrated SDIO controller (for card readers), and support for newer generation "Titan Ridge" Thunderbolt 3.0 controller.

Intel B360 Chipset for 8th Gen Coffee Lake Chips Surfaces in SiSoftware

Intel's Coffee Lake launch has shown the telltale signs of a product that wasn't originally planned to launch as early as it did. Intel's decision to pull the release date of Coffee Lake based CPUs - and its accompanying platform - have translated into an overall lack of availability for the latest Intel core processors, and a staggered launch for their platform chipsets, with only the higher-tier Z370 being available for motherboard designs as of writing.

It's expected that Intel's lower tier chipsets, such as the B360 chipset, will only be released during the first quarter of 2018. However, a recent leak that has surfaced in Sisoftware's Official Live Ranker has revealed a SuperMicro C7B360-CB-M board. following SuperMicro's known naming scheme, it's a somewhat "in your face" statement that this is a B360 chipset test board, in the Micro-ATX form-factor. The fact that this board has surfaced already (and especially considering SuperMicro's Z370 board, SuperMicro's C7Z370-CG-L, surfaced just 85 days before the platform launch) could point towards an earlier than expected release time-frame for B360 boards. It's arguable that this Intel generation is the one that offers itself the most to budget chipset offerings, considering Intel's Core i5 8400's placement as one of the best bang-for-buck CPUs from the Intel field in a long while.

Intel Product Launch Schedule till Mid-2018 Leaked

Intel is on the verge of launching its 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" processor family with six SKUs, and its top-tier Z370 Express chipset, early next month. Those looking for cheaper motherboards and don't intend on overclocking their processor, will have to wait until the first quarter of 2018, with the company confirming Q1-2018 as the launch window of three of its client-desktop chipsets for 8th generation Core processors, in a leaked Desktop outlook slide, scored by GamersNexus.

Among the new desktop chipsets launched will be the H370 Express, B360 Express, and the H310 Express. The H370 Express offers essentially the same platform connectivity as the Z370 Express, minus CPU overclocking and NVIDIA SLI certification. The B360 Express has a slimmer connectivity loadout, and lacks SLI support, but its predecessors have been generally preferred by gamers wanting to build single-GPU rigs with CPUs running at stock speeds, which is why major motherboard brands have built gamer-centric motherboards on B-series chipsets. The H310 chipset has the lightest connectivity, and is designed to power entry-level motherboards.

Intel Readies Higher Z390 Chipset for 2018 Launch

It turns out that Z370 Express won't be the highest-end desktop motherboard chipset for Intel's 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" mainstream-desktop processors, with the company planning a higher Z390 Express chipset for the second half of 2018, according to a leaked company roadmap on 300-series chipset roll-out. Intel is launching its first Core "Coffee Lake" processors this October, along with the Z370 Express chipset. The mid-range B360 Express, H370 Express; and entry-level H310 Express chipsets could launch in Q1-2018, which is also the time when Intel launches the Q370 and Q360 chipsets for corporate desktops.

Lists of Motherboards Based on Intel Z370 Express Chipset Surface

Intel is rushing in its 8th generation Core mainstream-desktop (MSDT) processor lineup, codenamed "Coffee Lake," later within Q3-2017. The first four of these will be six-core SKUs, which while built in the "LGA1151" package, the same ones as the 7th generation "Kaby Lake" and 6th generation "Skylake," will not be compatible with motherboards based on the older 100-series and 200-series chipsets, for reasons unknown. Upcoming motherboards based on the 300-series chipset, could support not just 8th generation "Coffee Lake" processors, but also older LGA1151 processors. The chipset lineup consists of the Z370 Express, which features support for CPU overclocking and 2-way multi-GPU; and the mid-range B360 Express chipset, which could launch either in late-2017 or early-2018, alongside the first Core i3 "Coffee Lake" chips. The first wave of motherboards to go with "Coffee Lake" processors will hence be Z370-based. VideoCardz compiled a partial, but growing list of motherboards which could make up the first wave.

Intel to Launch B360 Motherboard Chipset Following AMD Coup on B350

Naming schemes are pretty interesting nowadays, with AMD firing some warning shots across Intel's bow with their X399 HEDT chipset (thus superseding Intel's X299 by a whole hundred.) This may seem like nothing, and it actually should be nothing; naming schemes are not to be considered indicative of actual performance, especially in regards to competing companies' products. However, as we all know, there is power in numbers. Namely, there is power in bigger numbers, as an i7 will be above an i5, and a Ryzen 7 will be above a Ryzen 3.

AMD threw a curve ball towards Intel with their B350 chipset, which stands in the way of Intel's own historical nomenclature (after the B150 and B250 chipsets from Intel, a B350 would surely follow.) Now, reports say Intel will be upping AMD by releasing a B360 chipset, thus regaining footing in the "bigger is better" battle of wits over consumer's hearts. My Drivers, the source of the information, goes on to say that these chipsets won't be released in 2017 (only Intel's Z370 chipset is expected this year), and that despite using the same socket, Intel's Coffee Lake won't be a drop-in upgrade for Z170 and Z270 platforms, since Intel "changed the alignment of the design." This information had already been advanced by a motherboard maker's social media channel as well.

Intel to Accelerate Basin Falls Unveil, Coffee Lake Launch

According to DigiTimes, sources among Taiwan-based PC vendors have indicated that Intel's upcoming Basin Falls platform, which includes Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors on a new X299 chipset, will be unveiled at Computex 2017 (May 30th, June 3rd), in Taipei - two months earlier than expected. This move comes accompanied by an accelerated launch of the Coffee Lake microarchitecture, which still uses the 14 nm process, to August 2017 from an initial January 2018 launch. If true, this is big in a number of ways - that Intel would bring forward a product launch 4 months has some interesting implications - or at least, confirmations.

Remember that Coffee Lake is supposed to carry an increased number of cores in its mainstream designs. And we all know how Intel's line-up has almost been torn apart by Ryzen's aggressive core and thread-count, with AMD offering more cores and threads than Intel at virtually all price-points. And even if an argument is made regarding Intel's better gaming performance, that's one scenario out of many. Future proofing, professional work, multimedia, all of these assert AMD's dominance in a pure price-performance ratio. I, for one, would gladly give up some FPS in some games and accept an increased number of cores than go the other way around (especially with AMD's platform support and the number of patches that have increased game performance on Ryzen CPUs.)
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