Intel drivers reveal 400-series Chipset for Comet Lake processors

Intel drivers reveals 400-series Chipset for Comet Lake processors

Intel drivers reveal 400-series Chipset for Comet Lake processors

Data from Intel’s latest server chipset drivers, version 10.1.18010.8141, have brought to light a lot of interesting information, unveiling new 400 series chipsets for the company’s rumoured Comet Lake series of processors. 

This data was uncovered by momomo_us on Twitter, with recent rumours surrounding Comet Lake suggesting that Intel will offer ten 14nm cores to consumers later this year. This insane number of cores is what justify’s Intel’s chipset change, as the company typically supports two CPU generations before a change in socket/chipset. While Intel’s 8th and 9th Generation processors are both Coffee Lake, they still count as two processor generations. Beyond that, a ten core processor is likely to pull more power than most Intel 300-series motherboards can handle. 

Ice Lake is also mentioned within this driver, alongside a 495 series chipset, which is likely to arrive in 2020 as an updated version of a lower-end 490 series chipset, which could release with Comet Lake. This is merely speculation, but it would make sense for Intel 400 series chipsets to work with both Comet lake and Ice Lake series CPUs, with the 400-series supporting two product generations, as usual.  

   

Intel drivers reveals 400-series Chipset for Comet Lake processors

With this data in mind, it is worth noting that Ryzen 3rd Generation (Zen 2) support is coming to most of AMD’s existing AM4 motherboards through BIOS compatibility updates. This means that AMD’s upcoming 7nm products will work with existing motherboards, making it easier for AMD users to upgrade to newer CPUs. 

If Intel’s rumoured Comet Lake CPUs require a motherboard change, the company will be seen as greedy by a lot of their consumer base, especially if Comet Lake continues to use a Skylake/Kaby Lake/Coffee Lake core design.  

  
Intel drivers reveals 400-series Chipset for Comet Lake processors  

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