Intel's Z270 Chipset
With the introduction of Kaby Lake, Intel released its 200-series chipsets, offering mild improvements compared to their 100-series counterparts. The number of HSIO lanes was increased by four across the line, and DDR4 RAM support was extended to memory clocked at 2400MHz. Intel's 200-series chipsets also support the company's new ultra-fast Optane storage technology.
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Intel Consumer Chipsets
|CPU PCI-E 3.0 Config Support||1 x 16 or 2 x 16 or 2 x 16 + 1 x 8 or 5 x 8||1 x 16 or 2 x 8 or 1 x 8 + 2 x 4||1 x 16 or 2 x 8 or 1 x 8 + 2 x 4||1 x 16||1 x 16||1 x 16||1 x 16|
|Chipset PCI-E Support||8 PCI-E 2.0||24 PCI-E 3.0||20 PCI-E 3.0||20 PCI-E 3.0||16 PCI-E 3.0||12 PCI-E 3.0||8 PCI-E 3.0|
|Maximum HSIO Lanes||18||30||26||30||22||25||18|
|Memory Channels/ DIMMs per Channel||4/2||2/2||2/2||2/2||2/2||2/2||2/2|
|CPU Overclocking Support||✓||✓||✓||✗||✗||✗||✗|
|RAID Support 0/1/5/10||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✗||✗|
|SATA 3.0 Ports||10||6||6||6||6||6||6|
|Intel Optane Support||✗||✓||✗||✓||✗||✓||✗|
|USB 2.0 Support (USB 3.0)||14 (6)||14 (10)||14 (10)||14 (8)||14 (8)||12 (6)||12 (6)|
|Independent Display Support||N/A||3||3||3||3||3||3|
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Just a request, as they come out, do you think you could list the h270 mini-itx boards as well? In a lot of cases you won't have a cooler to support overclocking so they're functionally as good.
Not the same when you could only have access to single or dual core chips that could OC 30-40%.
Yes, Intel's new iGPU supports HDMI 2.0, but there is additional hardware on the motherboard that determines the display support, and to cut costs most are opting to use HDMI 1.4 hardware.
What is really unfortunate is that most boards that do support HDMI 2.0 are high-end boards. That makes sense in one way, because they should be the most feature rich, but it is all the less likely someone will use an HDMI 2.0 port on a high-end motherboard. Most people that buy those boards will opt to use a more power graphics card. I'd really hope some of them will start to produce more low-end boards with HDMI 2.0 ports, as those may actually find use.
Thanks for your response. I've heard a couple different things now such as:
1. AM4 mobos don't have integrated graphics, that's why they don't have HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.4
2. AM4 doesn't need it - get it thru your GPU.
Well, strictly speaking none of them need it if you have a graphics card. So AM4 will need it for budget systems just as much as Intel does.