Rumor: Biostar manual tips off the existence of a Z390 chipset

When Intel launched more Coffee Lake CPUs and their accompanying motherboards last week, the absence of the rumored Z390 chipset was conspicuous. As it happens, that chipset may still be on the way for an upcoming release. The manual for Biostar's B360 Racing GT5 motherboard clearly references a "Z390GT5" model and even lists specifications for the board inside.

Although Biostar is known for an emphasis on affordable hardware than on wacky designs, nothing stands out in the purported board save for its USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports—especially not much to set it apart from existing Z370 offerings. Moreover, the board's maximum supported CPU TDP is 95W, just enough for the Core i7-8700K. Rumors have spoken of an eight-core Coffee Lake CPU that could exceed that TDP in the past, but we wouldn't put it past Intel's silicon chops to fit eight cores in 95 W if such a chip does come into being.

So what might a Z390 chipset even entail? If one wants to extrapolate from H370's characteristics, Z390 might offer more chipset PCIe lanes than Z370, built-in USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, and built-in CNVi Wi-Fi. Biostar's purported board doesn't specifically implement any of those features, though, so we can't say for sure. Last year's leaks seemed to indicate that the Z390 chipset would include its own audio hardware, too, but this board still includes an older Realtek codec. We'll keep you updated as we hear more. Thanks to Videocardz for the tip.

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    • watzupken
    • 2 years ago

    In short, the Z390 is supposed to be the Z370. But due to pressure from competition, Intel had to release Coffee Lake and also a “new” chipset that could support the power requirement. Sadly, this likely will be only meant for 1 generation of Intel processor. Ice Lake means need for new chipset, which I feel Intel is going to blame the power delivery as the reason when they could have been more forward looking and made those changes in advance.

      • psuedonymous
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]Ice Lake means need for new chipset, which I feel Intel is going to blame the power delivery as the reason when they could have been more forward looking and made those changes in advance.[/quote<] I'd only expect that to happen if Ice Lake is pushed back to become the 'ix-10xxx' series (or whatever it ends up getting called) and the ix-9xxx series chips are some sort of Coffee Lake Refresh instead (to go with 4xx series chipsets). Two-gens-per-socket has been a constant for the last decade for Intel's consumer line, there seems little reason to break with that now. Even 'launch early with a high-end chipset' is not unprecedented, Sandy Bridge launched with the P67 chipset that was later superceded with Z68.

    • The Egg
    • 2 years ago

    Has anyone else noticed SPDIF/Optical disappearing from many boards? They add all this crap, RGB everything and 31 models of essentially the same board, but then remove an actually useful interface.

    Some still have internal headers, but don’t include a breakout board/panel (and good luck finding one standalone).

      • Krogoth
      • 2 years ago

      They are going the way of S-video and composite. A/V is being taken over by HDMI.

        • The Egg
        • 2 years ago

        Makes sense, except they still include all the analog outputs. If HDMI is going to eliminate something, it should be 7.1 audio via 3.5mm analog jacks . SPDIF on the other hand, is still useful for people using headphone amps and such.

          • moose17145
          • 2 years ago

          I am still using my 7.1 analog audio jacks…

          I agree that it sucks they are removing useful things… but not everyone finds the same things useful. And something someone might find to be an utter waste of space might be the same thing someone else finds extremely useful.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Being Biostar I would give this a 50/50 chance of just being a typo.

    I’ve seen a Biostar user manual; [i<]Chingrish[/i<] is the word of the day, the general theme is [i<]Typos and grammatical errors[/i<].

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Ice Lake totally not working with this chipset…… well, you know what the next word is.

      • thecoldanddarkone
      • 2 years ago

      Rage? Money? Amd? Bye? Ripoff? Yea to much work to continue.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        I think we can [i<]confirm[/i<] it’s one of those.

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