ASRock on Thursday became the fifth member to join the unofficial 9th Gen Core club, releasing BIOS updates to add support for Intel's unannounced CPUs. Like its fellow club members, ASRock's BIOS updates are for their motherboards based on Intel 300-series chipsets, and add support for Intel’s Core i3/i5/i7 9000-series processors. In addition, the company officially confirmed that the said CPUs will have up to eight cores.

28 motherboards from ASRock based on Intel’s Z370, H370, B360, and H310 chipsets now support Intel’s upcoming 9th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 processors with the latest BIOS versions. ASRock’s announcement rounds up the list of the largest makers of mainboards that have added support for Intel’s future CPUs to their Intel 300-series platforms. To date, ASUS, ASRock, GIGABYTE, and MSI have released appropriate BIOS versions for their existing products.

In addition to launching new BIOSes, ASRock also said on Thursday that it would place “8 Core CPU Support” sticker to product boxes containing motherboards that can work with Intel’s upcoming LGA1151 v2 chips with eight cores. Therefore, ASRock confirmed that Intel’s future Intel’s Core i3/i5/i7 9000-series processors will feature up to eight cores. What is noteworthy is that the manufacturer warns that some of its entry-level motherboards may not be able to supply enough power for Intel's 9000-series processors under heavy loads, which may indicate that the forthcoming eight-series chips may consume more power than existing quad-core and six-core CPUs.

It is generally expected that Intel’s 9th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 processors are based on the Kaby Lake/Coffee Lake microarchitecture and are made using a 14 nm process technology. Intel has not formally confirmed any of the specs of its upcoming CPUs, but it did say that it would refresh its desktop lineup of products later this year.

ASRock's Motherboards Supporting Intel's 9th Gen Core CPUs
Chipset Model
Intel Z370 Fatal1ty Z370 Professional Gaming i7
Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6
Z370 Killer SLI/ac
Z370 Killer SLI
Z370 Extreme4
Z370 Taichi
Z370 Pro4
Z370M Pro4
Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac
Intel H370 Fatal1ty H370 Performance
H370 Pro4
H370M Pro4
Intel B360 Fatal1ty B360 Gaming K4
B360M Performance
B360 Pro4
B360M Pro4
Intel H310 H310M-G/M.2*
Note from ASRock: *The performance under heavy load may be compromise due to the higher power consumption of intel 9000 series processor

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  • austinsguitar - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    i dont mean to be rude but, how is this news? everyone with a brain knows asrock will add 9th gen support? they are a motherboard company arnt they.
  • HStewart - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    Only thing I can think of - is that typically people love to state that Intel requires a new motherboard with next generation ( in this case 8 core ) cpu - but this indicates that is someone has existing motherboard that they can support latest CPU's if they wish.

    This has been a big complaint about Intel based systems - which I find pretty much useless because I am primary mobile personally now. To me this is kind of silly - it kind of like asking Apple to upgrade your iPhone X with a new A12 CPU
  • alfalfacat - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I find caring about battery life pretty much useless because I am primary desktop personally now. To me this is kind of silly - it's kind of like, why can't you just plug it in?

  • austinsguitar - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    i was almost going to say your right but... z370 h370 b360 and h310 motherboards only support one cpu brand at the moment. coffee lake. this will end after the new cpus come out of course but after that begin to buy another board just like always. 2 cpu "generations" and then you have to get something new. sucks. but this is normal for intel really.
  • CaedenV - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I have never really understood the complaint about a motherboard only supporting 1 CPU generation. I mean, for the last 6 years or so there has not been much in the way of killer upgrades on the CPU front. Typically it is the Motherboard that makes me want an upgrade, and even there the last 2-3 generations (since m.2 and DDR4) there have not been much in the way of large 'wow' features... unless you consider lights
  • austinsguitar - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    ^ this comment
  • kgbme - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    No, not "this comment", because: are you guys behind the times, or something? Kaby Lake has /had *same* pins as Coffee, except they're NOT (backwards) compatible; while AMD's rockin' the same cradle...
  • kgbme - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    ugh., again can't edit - but, the argument of the motherboard warranting an upgrade: that could be wrong, too, because - for example - the PCI lanes have remained, largely, the same (in number. :))
  • StevoLincolnite - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I am still running LGA2011... Other than efficiency gains, I haven't even seen a need to upgrade from my old 3930K yet, if I need the extra CPU grunt, she will clock up to 4.8ghz with the push of a digital button.

    8-Core Coffee lake is probably the first CPU in generations that has made me sit up with interest.
    Hopefully that means 10-core chips on LGA 2066 will be a good price.
  • kgbme - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    Um, that's Sandy Bridge (the 3930K), correct? Be serious, for a second, because even Ivy had been -almost- light-years ahead of it... Like, AT LEAST, 10% except IRL it's (much!) moar..;) :)

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