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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  • 0ldman79 - Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - link

    Uh, sarcasm, right?

    Doesn't show up well in text.

    Ivy Bridge is barely a bump over Sandy Bridge.

    Haswell was a pretty decent boost, unfortunately I have a Sandy Bridge and an Ivy Bridge. Laptop is a Skylake though...
  • just4U - Saturday, August 18, 2018 - link

    When you have a perfectly good cpu (4790K) and 16Gigs of fast memory but no halfways decent option to put it in because Intel has "moved on" it's a little frustrating.. and soon enough the same will hold true for the 6/7x series processors as those boards dry up and are discontinued as well.

    Amd at least gave you options as they stuck to a motherboard platform for as long as possible, not moving to incompatible designs every couple of years.
  • sa666666 - Sunday, August 12, 2018 - link

    Of course, since you find it "pretty much useless", then it must be true for everyone in the world. The only thing that is "pretty much useless" are your constant Intel shill comments, coming to their rescue even when nobody has said anything about them.

    The fact that you need to defend them here really points to the fact that they *do* require a new motherboard on every generation, and it *is* very annoying (not to mention expensive).
  • kgbme - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    Well, that flew (right) over my head: "9th gen"?! Huh??
  • Synomenon - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    So is Intel launching Z390/H390 chipsets as well?
  • mustreadeverything - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    I have a question regarding the bios update process.

    Say I were to buy a z370 taichi (I have) and want to get the new i9 9900k(or maybe i7). Can I update with bios to support said cpu without already owning a compatible CPU?

    I was planning on getting a 8700k but hadn't pulled the trigger yet once I heard that z370 may support these new CPUs.
  • dihartnell - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    Some mobos have is bios flashback where you can update the bios with a CPU plugged in. Otherwise you should buy a Mobo that has confirmed support already if you don't have another compatible CPU.
  • kgbme - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    Seems that you're aware (?!) how AMD is "loaning" the needed CPUs!? Officially:
  • dihartnell - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    Why are they updating the lower end boards to provide support while warning it may not work correctly due to power requirements. If they aren't confident the CPU will recheck it's potential on those low end boards they should not update them.
  • kgbme - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - link

    ^^ Why is it "necessary" to produce *that many* variations? The -previously- new H370, H310, Q370, and B360 chipsets; & there are, actually, more, now.

    We could not have had been given two, or (at the most) three? What's the -absolute- necessity to manufacture, to cover (even) the smallest of needs; not sure, right? :o

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