Gigabyte and MSI tout firmware support for Intel 9000-series CPUs

A plethora of leaked roadmaps this week suggests that Intel's ninth-generation Core or 9000-series CPUs are on their way sooner rather than later. To add fuel to that fire, motherboard makers are touting firmware updates that offer support for these chips despite the lack of any official acknowledgement by Intel that they even exist yet.

MSI's link to its now-removed article regarding Intel 9000-series CPU support

MSI made an announcement that firmware updates for a number of its Z370 boards would support these upcoming CPUs before pulling its article, and now Gigabyte says that most every one of its Z370, H370, B360, and H310 boards already have firmware updates available to work with the new chips. That's good news for Z370 builders especially, as those boards don't feature the newest chipset silicon that's appeared in H370, B360, and H310 hardware.

The wide range of Gigabyte boards touting compatibility with upcoming Intel CPUs

A quick trip over to the product page for at least one Gigabyte board in the TR labs suggests this support has been baked into the company's firmware for a couple weeks already under the note “Update CPU microcode for upcoming CPU,” so Gigabyte really seems to be bringing attention to changes that have already been baked in and sent out. Hopefully we'll learn just what chips those changes are meant to support from the horse's mouth soon. Thanks to TR tipster SH SOTN for pointing out the Gigabyte PR.

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    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 1 year ago

    Looks like ASRock also silently enabled 8C support on their Z370 boards on July 10th.


    • DeadOfKnight
    • 1 year ago

    Wake me when they go up to 11.

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    If I can’t trust Intel to require a new motherboard for new chips that aren’t really that different than their old chips then who can I trust?!?!

      • pogsnet1
      • 1 year ago

      It is just a die shrink same TDP no boost performance but more cores and higher price tag.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        lol die shrink

        • homerdog
        • 1 year ago

        [quote]no boost performance but more cores[quote]

      • DPete27
      • 1 year ago

      The silver lining is that requiring a new mobo for each CPU generation ensures that buyers don’t have to play the BIOS-version-lotto hoping the “old” board they bought is compatible with their “new” CPU.

      Really though. How many people actually upgrade CPUs on the same board, even if they gave you a 3 generation window. CPU tech just doesn’t evolve that fast (Intel 7th to 8th generation being the exception)

        • thecoldanddarkone
        • 1 year ago

        I’ve never done it. The only machine that I might do it with is my x299 carbon pro ac /w monoblock.

        • Dudeface
        • 1 year ago

        I made my X58/i7-930 build last a bit longer by swapping in a X5660 for a couple more cores and slightly higher overclock. Made do with that until finally pulling the trigger on a Z370/8700k build. I’m actually quite pleased that it looks like I’ll have the option a few years time to swap in a 9900k for a few extra cores, if doing so ever makes sense.

        • brucethemoose
        • 1 year ago

        AMD and Intel are in a core count arms race, so going forward, an upgrade in that 3-gen window might be worth it.

        Before that, Intel seemingly used the die space they got from shrinks on the IGP and ever-smaller mainstream dies, instead of on the CPU. After all, the consumer desktop CPUs were just repurposed laptop parts.

        • XTF
        • 1 year ago

        I replaced a Pentium MMX 200 @ 250 with a K6-2 400 in a Chaintech 5TDM2 board.. a while ago.

    • DancinJack
    • 1 year ago

    Thank God Intel finally did something right.

    There isn’t a whole ton of difference between 8XXX and 9XXX CPUs in general, but the top of the line jumping from six to eight cores is kind of a big deal. I’m glad they were at least smart enough to implement the power delivery stuff into the socket when they jumped from 270 to 370 (and their derivatives).

    Maybe the circuitry for six and eight cores is the same and all my hopes are just that, hopes, but I don’t really care.

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