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Leaked: Z490, B450, X399 Refresh, Eight-Core Coffee Lake CPUs

A metaphorical treasure trove of information just appeared on Bluechip’s (a German PC OEM) website. German speakers might get more out of the video presentation there, but a document shows us what we need to know. Pictured above are timelines for AMD’s and Intel’s 2018 product releases.

Jumping into them, we see that AMD apparently has a new flagship chipset for the AM4 socket called Z490. The timeline pegs its reveal for June, at Computex 2018. The apparent successor of the current B350 mid-range chipset, the B450, is set for release later in July. Finally, a refresh for Threadripper simply labeled as "Threadripper Gen 2" and the X399 chipset is set for August.

On the Intel side, we see that the much-leaked Z390 chipset won’t be debuting until Q3 2018. The slide seemingly confirms earlier leaks that the chipset will support future 10nm Cannon Lake (CNL) and current Coffee Lake (CFL) processors. As for the latter, the slides reveal that the previously leaked eight-core parts will be sampled to OEMs in June and won’t hit retail until Q4 2018. Entirely absent from the slides are any mention of Intel’s X399 chipset, which is the apparent successor to the current X299 chipset.

The biggest reveal here is probably AMD’s Z490 chipset. We’ve so far had no indication that the company was prepping a new flagship chipset for Ryzen. The documents give no indication of what differences it has compared to X470, which is already billed as having most of what a mainstream desktop needs. We surmise that the Z490 could feature more PCIe 3.0 lanes for SSDs, but we don’t see it integrating Thunderbolt.

At least we won’t be waiting long to find out.

  • redgarl
    Z490, refresh Threadripper probably.
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  • Eximo
    Can AMD come up with their own number schemes? Or do they want people to go out and buy mismatched motherboards and CPUs. Just bad form. Radeon group seems to be doing just fine not copying Nvidia.
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  • SkyBill40
    20938483 said:
    Z490, refresh Threadripper probably.

    If that were so, wouldn't it be categorized under the TR4 socket as opposed to the AM4 where it currently resides?
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  • salgado18
    20938577 said:
    Can AMD come up with their own number schemes? Or do they want people to go out and buy mismatched motherboards and CPUs. Just bad form. Radeon group seems to be doing just fine not copying Nvidia.

    When I read it, I though "Z490 is an Intel chipset... or is it?"

    With 26 letters in the alphabet, you'd think they would use something else, right?
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  • faalin
    20938577 said:
    Can AMD come up with their own number schemes? Or do they want people to go out and buy mismatched motherboards and CPUs. Just bad form. Radeon group seems to be doing just fine not copying Nvidia.

    My thoughts exactly.

    Intel has the
    Z370
    H370
    H310
    B360
    X299

    AMD now has
    X470
    X370
    B350
    X399

    Its bad enough intel has the 100-200 series chipset for gen 6 & 7 CPUs and the 300 series for the 8th gen all on the same socket, which already confuses enough people. Now they have to contend with Intel and AMD naming chipsets almost the same.
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  • victor.donoso.p
    Can someone share the PDF? It was taken down and Google's cache made a useless HTML from it.
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  • cryoburner
    20938577 said:
    Can AMD come up with their own number schemes? Or do they want people to go out and buy mismatched motherboards and CPUs. Just bad form.
    Z490 will be 100 more numbers than Z390. That's an increase of over 25%! What more could you want? : D
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