Report: Upcoming Intel 9-Series Chipsets May Not Support Current Haswell CPUs

A report from VR-Zone indicates that the upcoming 'Broadwell' CPUs might have problems working on the current 8-series chipsets, as will the 9-chipset have trouble supporting the current 'Haswell' processors. This is particularly interesting because following Intel's tick-tock release cycle, according to the report, both of the platforms will share the LGA1150 socket. Earlier rumors and reports indicated that Intel's upcoming 'Broadwell' CPUs would feature a BGA socket, not an LGA socket.

The problems with backwards and forwards compatibility are being blamed on differences in the electrical connections, particularly with regard to power distribution throughout the chipset and motherboard.

While this rumor might be moderately concerning, Intel has planned to roll out a new series of refreshed 'Haswell' processors in the future. This is also a disturbance in the tick-tock release cycle. Expected changes include features that are catered more towards the feature set of the 9-series chipsets, with new features such as SATA express, and a very limited number of reports are indicating DDR4 support. From the report, we can also conclude that the 9-series chipset is catered to not only the 'Haswell' refresh CPUs or the 'Broadwell' CPUs, but rather to both.

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  • apache_lives
    heh nope iv worked the industry for years

    real world clients dont upgrade anything more then ram and replace faulty parts when needed, they would rather replace their computer after a ~5 year cycle which is now first gen i7 area age group

    socket 775 is a great example for anyone who actually knows their facts and specifications - it may be the same physical socket for the Pentium 4/Pentium D/Celeron D/Celeron Dual Core/Celeron/Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad and yet the first gen 775 motherboards never supported the Pentium D, Pentium D motherboards didnt support Core 2 processors, first gen Core 2 boards rarely supported Core 2 Quads, let alone second gen Core 2 Quads etc etc and so on (with exceptions)

    look at AMD, some of their sockets have a dual power limit/rating (95w and 130w), then the mess of 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+

    overclocked motherboards VRM's usually start to play up after ~3 years causing cold start issues, nvidia chipset based mainboards flake out at the 3 year mark, backplates and connectors corrode in my area due to damp/moisture and create bad contacts from the dust and crap

    if anyone remembers socket 7/super socket 7 - that was an actual "upgrade path" but i take it no one here remembers that, or the modding days getting a Mendocino mainboard to support the next gen by a simple pin mod (exposing Intels pin out change to stop upgrading etc), Socket A had a good run but thats as far as it ever went

    welcome to the real world, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UPGRADE PATH ANYMORE

    get with the times, wake up, learn a thing or two
    now,now, haswell motherboards arent that old and crappy.
  • yannigr
    AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! typical Intel. New CPU? New mobo....
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  • apache_lives
    its no problem, theres no such thing as an upgrade path these days anyhow

    and why would i want a crappy old motherboard with a brand new cpu anyhow?

    also a reason why Intel is so far ahead - newer designs = better efficency without being stuck with some out of date specifications and design

    still i can see everyone complaining about this...
  • yannigr
    AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! typical Intel. New CPU? New mobo....
    now,now, haswell motherboards arent that old and crappy.