Partners bothered by Coffee Lake CPUs incompatibility with current motherboards

Reports suggest that Intel's upcoming are incompatible existing 200-series motherboards

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Partners bothered by Coffee Lake CPUs incompatibility with current motherboards Intel says the newest processor lineup would provide a 30% performance advantage over its seventh-generation chips.
By  Manda Banda Published  August 6, 2017

System builders are concerned over reports that Intel's upcoming eighth-generation Coffee Lake CPUs will not be compatible with existing 200-series motherboards.

Some Dubai-based system builders that spoke to Channel Middle East, said if Intel's newest chipset is incompatible with current 200-series motherboards, they will have to go back to the drawing board again.

"This means system builders will have to redesign their systems for the second time this year to accommodate a new Intel chip set," said one partner, who wished to remain anonymous. "[It] also means inventory is going to be crazy to balance between old platforms and new."

Reports began surfacing about Intel's CPU socket compatibility earlier last week, after motherboard manufacturer ASRock revealed in a tweet that Coffee Lake chips won't be compatible with 200-series motherboards.

The company, which later deleted the tweet, did not respond to requests for comment. Tom's Hardware, a news site for PC enthusiasts, reported that Coffee Lake will indeed be incompatible with current motherboards.

Intel, for its part, would only say that is has "not disclosed any details on this topic, and therefore cannot comment on rumour or speculation."

Little has been revealed about Intel's next-generation of chips. Intel, which displayed the chips in a laptop earlier this year at Computex, has said that its newest processor lineup would provide a 30% performance advantage over its seventh-generation chips.

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