Intel tips off Z390 and X399 chipsets in RST driver release notes

Intel's mainstream desktop chipset for the overclocking crowd hasn't changed much in the two generations since Z170 entered the market alongside the company's Skylake chips in mid-2015. The big addition with Z270 was support for the manufacturer's Optane cache modules, and Z370 didn't seem to be much different aside from some changes regarding power delivery for the accompanying six-core Coffee Lake processors. The release notes for the latest version of Intel's Rapid Storage Technology drivers hint at Z390 and X399, two future chipsets that could potentially offer new features.

Screen capture from Intel driver release notes

Past numbering conventions suggest that the X399 chipset will be meant for use with high-end desktop Core X chips with 2000 or more pins. The intent of the Z390 chipset is less certain, since Intel hasn't released any Zx90-labeled chipset in the recent past. We suspect it will be a new top-end offering for use with mainstream desktop CPU, possibly rumored eight-core models.

We still don't know if either of these future chipsets will bring the integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 or Thunderbolt 3 support that some users have been hoping for. A safer bet is the inclusion of the semi-integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth found in Intel's H310, B360, and H370 desktop chipsets. The driver release notes provide no data regarding potential release dates for motherboards with the Z390 or X399 chipsets.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    Does CFL’s appearance in the X399 row confirm that the 8core options will require S2066, or is there some slim chance that means we could still see 8core in a mainstream board?

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 1 year ago

    Z390…

    So, 8-core Coffee Lake confirmed?

      • DrDominodog51
      • 1 year ago

      I thought it was confirmed a while ago. Maybe I’m going insane or something.

      Edit: Ah. Now I remember. I heard some info about a motherboard a while back.

    • Waco
    • 1 year ago

    Thanks, Intel, for making motherboard names even more confusing than they ever needed to be.

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    It looks like Coffee Lake might be getting the Socket 2066 treatment. It looks like Cannon Lake desktop is DOA and Coffee Lake has to hold the fort until Ice Lake.

      • DPete27
      • 1 year ago

      Jeez, Intel’s CPU roadmap is clear as mud.

        • Klimax
        • 1 year ago

        Courtesy of troubled development of 10nm.

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    What chip wafer was used on the main TR page for this article?

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    X399?

    Where have we [url=https://techreport.com/review/32390/amd-ryzen-threadripper-1920x-and-ryzen-threadripper-1950x-cpus-reviewed/3<]seen this before?[/url<] You know Intel, it's bad enough that your entire CPU architecture is a blatant ripoff of features that were innovated out of nowhere in RyZen. But plagiarizing AMD's entirely original chipset numbers? That just shows you who does the *real* innovation.

      • Prestige Worldwide
      • 1 year ago

      Intel: “AMwho?”

      • Anovoca
      • 1 year ago

      It is shown on the chart as “x399[super<]sx[/super<]", which SX backwards is X2, another AMD platform!!!!!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        I had a 486SX. They should definitely leave that suffix off the new chipset. 😆

          • psuedonymous
          • 1 year ago

          Anniversary chipset, Z386SX, to go with the i7-8086K?

            • jihadjoe
            • 1 year ago

            DO IT PLOX INTEL I WILL GIEF YOU MY MONEYSSS!!!!

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        Well maybe it’s Intel accidentally almost being honest for the only time in its long illegal history:

        X399[super<]S[b<]U[/b<]X[/super<] would actually be right!

          • Anovoca
          • 1 year ago

          maybe-that, or they are fans of the [url=https://www.colorhexa.com/339999<]Dark moderate cyan[/url<] Sox.

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            Not quite blue enough.

          • Klimax
          • 1 year ago

          So how long till 6000 SUX?

      • kuttan
      • 1 year ago

      Is Chuckula another desperate paid Anti-AMD shill ?!

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        You misspelled pro-AMD there.

        And given our 990% quarterly-compounded profit growth, I’m a well paid pro-AMD shill too.

        Now stop pretending that AMD isn’t a poor helpless victim of an illegal monopoly Intel ripoff you pro-Intel shill! Don’t make me play the Dell-didn’t-sell-AMD-chips-OMG card and get more upthumbs than you can possibly imagine!

          • Anovoca
          • 1 year ago

          I think you are both misspelling that word. It is spelled:”Cynical-Nihilist”

          • kuttan
          • 1 year ago

          Do you think your shilling made any difference ? Despite all your shills nothing happened to any company. AMD finally made a good profit and you wasted all your efforts and time .

          People are less and less bothered about paid trolls 😀

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            Well considering you made this post with a straight face: [url<]https://techreport.com/discussion/33531/amd-ryzen-7-2700x-and-ryzen-5-2600x-cpus-reviewed?post=1075551[/url<] It's pretty obvious who the idiot shill troll is, and it ain't me. I actually have a developed sense of sarcasm. You actually believed that idiotic dreck and didn't personally apologize after Anandtech literally proved you wrong: [url<]https://www.anandtech.com/show/12678/a-timely-discovery-examining-amd-2nd-gen-ryzen-results[/url<]

            • kuttan
            • 1 year ago

            Just like Techreport I trusted Anantech too. So I made such a comment that day. The funny thing is you digged this article in response to my comment to you, proving you are not in sarcasm but in anguish 😀

            How small guy you are 😀

            • Anovoca
            • 1 year ago

            Kuttan: “Your sad devotion to being a paid shill has not given you the ability to conjure up the bankruptcy of AMD….”
            Chuckula: (raises hand to force choke)

        • blastdoor
        • 1 year ago

        No…. he’s working for free.

        I’m reminded of The Enemy Within episode of Star Trek.

        It’s as if there were a transporter accident and Paul Ottelini were split into two people.

        One was a sweet lovable guy who jumped around in a bunny suit for Steve Jobs.

        The other is a raving lunatic locked in a small office in the basement of Intel headquarters, venting his spleen in discussion boards.

          • chuckula
          • 1 year ago

          I’m disappointed.

          You should have compared me to Steve Jobs, who could be alternatively genius and psycho without the need for a transporter accident.

          Apple could use a little more of that right now, 2020 ARM miracle chips that are guaranteed to put Intel out of business nonwithstanding.

            • kuttan
            • 1 year ago

            That “sense of sarcasm” is amazing! I can’t stop laughing ……

      • Kougar
      • 1 year ago

      U AMaD bro?

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