The all-new Intel CPUs and motherboards are expected to come during the first half of 2020. The motherboard partners are ready for the launch with its plethora of Intel 400-series motherboard offerings, atleast from Gigabyte/ AORUS. This is based on a list of Gigabyte/ AORUS Z490, H410, B460 and Q470 chipset motherboards conveniently leaked via the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission). While it doesn’t confirm any of the chipset features or motherboard designs, we can know how many Intel motherboards to expect from Gigabyte/ AORUS at the time of launch.
Intel Chipset Nomenclature
These are classified as Intel 400-series motherboards: Z490, B460, H470, H410 and Q470. Intel maintains the same motherboard Prefix for different price segments, starting from the enthusiast-level Z series, through the H, H and the Q series. Gigabyte has a plethora of Z, B and H series motherboards while limiting its AORUS and Gaming sub-branding up to B460 chipsets. Apparently, there was speculation that Intel would have Z470 chipset motherboards. It is unsure as of now if Intel skipped it or its something Intel would launch much after the initial 10th generation CPU and chipset launches.
What’s known so that is that the upcoming Intel 400-series motherboards are made for the 10nm Comet Lake-S and Tiger Lake CPUs. These will be moving away from LGA 115x socket, and shift to the all-new LGA 1200. This might not grow well for existing LGA 115x users as it limits their physical compatibility. Unlike AMD’s AM4 platform which has a set of compatibility between Ryzen 1 gen up to Ryzen 3rd gen motherboards and CPUs.
ECC’s motherboard Listings
|Z490 Aorus Elite||Q470M D3H||B460 HD3||H410N|
|Z490 D||H470 HD3||B460M Aorus Pro||H410 D3|
|Z490 Gaming X||H470M D3H||B460M D2V||H410M A|
|Z490 UD||H470M DS3H||B460M D2VX SI||H410M D2VX SI|
|Z490 White||B460M D3H||H410M DS2|
|Z490M DS3H||B460M D3P||H410M DS2V|
|Z490M Gaming X||B460M D3V||H410M H|
|B460M DS3H||H410M HD3|
|B460M Gaming HD||H410M S2|
|B460M HD3||H410M S2H|
|B460M Power||H410M S2P|
Judging by Gigabyte’s model nomenclature, there is a good number of mATX form factors. This wasn’t the case with AMD X570 motherboards. Even now, the following are the mATX motherboards available in the market:
I do find the Gigabyte Z490 White motherboard’s listing very interesting. It would be interesting to see a white PCB motherboard (or with a white print, similar to ASROCK Taichi’s logo imprinted on the motherboard’s PCB).
Intel 10nm Comet Lake and Tiger Lake CPUs for 2020
The Intel Comet Lake-S CPUs is expected to have 125w, 65w and 35w TDP variants throughout the SKUs. There will be SKUs up to 10 cores and 20 threads. supporting up to 2666MHz DDR4 memory modules.
According to a source, the chipset will have integrated support for WiFi 80211 AX and Bluetooth 5, Thunderbolt 3, Intel Smart Sound Technology with quad-core audio DSP and plenty of encoding/ decoding capabilities.
It should be safe to assume the upcoming Intel motherboards will support PCIe 4.0 lanes. It is not sure if the Comet Lake CPUs would support them. AMD Ryzen 3rd generation CPUs and X570 motherboards support PCIe 4.0 lanes. The 10nm Tiger Lake CPUs are expected to come in the latter half of 2020.
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— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) September 15, 2019