Rumor: Leaked video names upcoming Intel and AMD CPUs and chipsets

There are few other industries where people are looking forward as often as in computing. Even if the latest-gen stuff is amazing, it always seems like the next big thing is just around the corner. Neither Intel nor AMD have made any specific announcements about their next moves, but thanks to a presentation that was apparently leaked to the web by accident, we have an inkling of both companies' futures. Thanks to Videocardz who captured snaps of the video before it was removed.

The presentation was created by German IT distributors Bluechip and was apparently a webinar intended to market the company's services and wholesale offerings to its partners. However, Bluechip also included its own roadmaps that reference numerous unreleased and even un-announced Intel and AMD products. The Z490 and B450 chipsets from AMD, second-generation Threadripper CPUs, the Intel Z390 chipset, and another mention of the elusive eight-core Coffee Lake CPU are all present in Bluechip's presentation.

Probably the most interesting news for you gerbils is that the video pins that long-rumored eight-core Intel desktop CPU for the fourth quarter of this year. Contrary to previous rumors, the processor may not be appearing alongside the Z390 chipset after all—the video puts the release of Z390 in the third quarter of this year. However, the presentation does not mention any successor to the X299 chipset, and in fact shows it continuing on through the second half of 2018. That's not all that surprising since Intel's often used its high-end chipset for two generations of CPUs. While the company could be planning a new series of LGA 2066 CPUs, they're likely to still use the X299 chipset.

Bluechip's roadmaps show AMD planning to release a Z490 chipset next month, possibly at Computex. We've heard about this purported release before. If the rumors hold water, Z490 will have an improved PCI Express root hub that upgrades its connectivity to PCIe 3.0 and adds four additional lanes. The slides also show a B450 chipset launching in late July and an X399 refresh together with “Threadripper Gen2” launching in August. We haven't heard a peep of either of those announcements, so they're news to us.

Sadly, the video has been taken down or made private, and its page on Bluechip's site now redirects to the company's home page. You can check out the slides yourself over at Videocardz if you're curious. It's possible that some or all of this is speculation on the distributor's part, but it pretty much lines up with what we've heard before. It seems likely that this information was intended only to be seen by Bluechip's partners and not by the general public. In any case, let us know below what hardware you're looking forward to next.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Is it coincidence that AMD and Intel chipsets have almost similar monikers? Like Intel H/Q/Z370 and AMD X370? Intel B150/250/360 and AMD B350? Good grief. Gotta say, I mistook Z370 board articles more than once for AMD X370 boards.

      • Firestarter
      • 2 years ago

      only if you think Core i5/Ryzen 5 and Core i7/Ryzen 7 is also a coincidence

      • BorgOvermind
      • 2 years ago

      I’d name gaming products in Klingon and server products in Borg. Everything else in Basic.
      That way, competition can’t clone my naming scheme.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 2 years ago

        Leads to other confusions, though. Is dhak’tah higher end than bat’leth or lower?

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      It’s AMD’s version of that old joke about HAL being one better than IBM — or in this case, 100 better than Intel.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    What I’d REALLY like to know, is what AMD secretly has in the pipes to succeed the Zen architecture. Given how it takes 4-6 years to design a new architecture, I would think they’re starting to put their minds to it at this point already.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 2 years ago

      I wonder what [i<]any[/i<] of the big CPU design places are planning for the future.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      They’re gonna lengthen the pipeline and shoot for 10Ghz. Aren’t you glad you asked?

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]AMD planning to release a Z490 chipset next month[/quote<] You mean X490?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      no, Z490. AMD is C**k blocking Intel on names some would say. I would say it’s AMD’s innovation.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 2 years ago

        Its pretty funny, but does anyone really care about chipset names?

    • blitzy
    • 2 years ago

    WTB 8 core i7

      • f0d
      • 2 years ago

      they have been out for a while now…
      [url<]https://ark.intel.com/products/123767/[/url<]

        • MOSFET
        • 2 years ago

        and Haswell-E

    • thedosbox
    • 2 years ago

    Do TR have any plans to repeat your AMD and Intel chipset performance comparisons? You once tested PCI-Express performance, and it’d be interesting to see how things stand today.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 2 years ago

    AMD is a generation ahead in the naming game. Intel is still playing catch-up in naming and process.

      • Star Brood
      • 2 years ago

      Dude my 7850 is way better than that paltry 2080 that isn’t even out yet.

        • jihadjoe
        • 2 years ago

        9700Pro pls

          • ColeLT1
          • 2 years ago

          Shooooooot, got you by +100, then x2, then x2 again (cause my roommate 10 years ago though quad sli was a good idea).

          9800GX2
          [url<]https://imgur.com/a/mCJzOOA[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      Intel’s 10nm troubles are trivial compared to their failure to keep up in the chipset naming race!

      • DavidC1
      • 2 years ago

      Intel likes their product and process to perform better than the naming indicates. Hence, they have 10nm rather than 7nm, and Z390 rather than Z490. That way, people will never be disappointed in buying them.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 2 years ago

        Hmm, platinum or gold, choices choices.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 2 years ago

          I predict an H2 release of the Epyc Adamantium.

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