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Modders get Coffee Lake CPUs working on Intel 100/200 series motherboards

Will BIOS mods be released for a range of 100/200 series motherboards in the future?

Modders get Coffee Lake CPUs working on Intel 100/200 series motherboards

Modders get Coffee Lake CPUs working on Intel 100/200 series motherboards

The motherboard modders elisw, dsanke, littlehill MovAX and 0xDEAD have released a guide which can enable users of 100/200 series motherboards to support Coffee Lake series CPUs, allowing his own ASRock H110 motherboard to support a Coffee Lake i3, including its GPU component. 

This mod could be the start of a new underground BIOS modding scene for previous generation Intel desktop motherboards, though even elisw has stated that the process is risky and does not recommend using his guide to get Coffee Lake i5 and i7 CPUs to work on the platform due to their higher power limits. Long story short he doesn't recommend using Intel's new 6-core CPUs on their older motherboards, making the change a little pointless. 

In his examples, elisw has shown an i3 8100 working on an ASRock H110 motherboard (benchmarks here) and doesn't show any i5 or i7 6-core processors working on modded 100 or 200 series motherboards, though he does show that both the CPU and iGPU portions of the product are functional on his modded motherboard. This mod proves that there is no technical reason why Intel's Coffee Lake i3 Quad Cores are compatible with Intel's older platforms, with Intel locking support using microcode and other UEFI software changes.     

In time, it is likely that we will see other BIOS modders use this guide to attempt to get other Coffee Lake CPUs to work on Intel 100/200 series motherboards, proving once and for all whether or not Coffee Lake 6-core processors could ever have been supported on these older platforms. 

  

Modders get Coffee Lake CPUs working on Intel 100/200 series motherboards

 

In a thread over on Overclock.net, it is reported that a 6-core Coffee Lake CPU has been bootable on an MSI Z270 motherboard, though no benchmarking data has been released to prove the stability of this configuration at this time. 

You can join the discussion on Coffee Lake CPUs working on modded 100/200 series motherboards on the OC3D Forums.    

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05-03-2018, 05:30:05

Vamp
Sorry Intel... Ppl have spoken... :PQuote

05-03-2018, 06:20:51

g0ggles1994
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In a thread over on Overclock.net, it is reported that a 6-core Coffee Lake CPU has been bootable on an MSI Z270 motherboard, though no benchmarking data has been released to prove the stability of this configuration at this time.
While granted this modding system has brought about the question whether Intel created a new chipset for no reason, I will take it with a pinch of salt due to above, no proof it's stable or performs on par with 300 series boards. I can't see the hexa cores being a problem though. Z270 boards should have the power delivery headroom that allowed for huge OC'ing potential which should satisfy Coffee Lake's power hungerQuote

05-03-2018, 07:53:55

AlienALX
Now if only they could find a way to bypass the multi lock on Xeons Quote

05-03-2018, 10:44:17

gunbust3r
So I have some hope of an upgrade path on my 7700K without dropping a needless $200 on a new motherboard. Sounds good to me...Quote

05-03-2018, 10:56:04

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by gunbust3r View Post
So I have some hope of an upgrade path on my 7700K without dropping a needless $200 on a new motherboard. Sounds good to me...
I would make sure you count your fets and do your homework first. Otherwise you may not need any central heating, as you could burn your house down.

The only part of Intel not making CL compatible on older boards I agreed with was the "Bulldozer" issue. IE - AM2 boards do not have the fets or cooling needed for Bulldozer, but board manus just did it any way resulting in many MSI boards catching fire.Quote
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