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)|
|On-CPU PCI Express*|
|1X16 or 2X8 or 1×8+2X4||1×16 or 2×8|
|1×16 or 2×8|
Ports / Pipes Support
/ DIMMs per Channel
|Integrated Intel Wireless-AC|
|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
|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)
|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
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!