Gigabyte AORUS teases new motherboard for October 8; Z390 launch in October?
Earlier today, the AORUS official Twitter posted a short teaser video advertising a motherboard. The video is accompanied by hashtags "GoBeyond" and "Oct8," clearly implying an October 8 release for this unknown motherboard. However, the Z370 chipset (which AORUS's brand sits on) was launched nearly a year ago, so why the fanfare for a new motherboard? According to recent rumors, Intel's new 9th generation CPUs could be launching this October, and AORUS's teaser may have just confirmed the launch date. The chipset of the motherboard teased in the video could be the yet unreleased Z390.
Intel's 9th generation of CPUs has been anticipated greatly, as the rumored flagship 9900k is alleged to have 8 cores with an all core boost of 4.7 GHz. If true, the 9900k would be comfortably in the lead against AMD's current flagship the R7 2700X, which also has 8 cores but only an all core boost of about 4.2 GHz. Furthermore, it has been speculated that the 9th generation will be soldered, meaning the transfer of heat between the CPU and its heat spreader will be much better than the thermal paste Intel currently uses on nearly all of its CPUs.
If AORUS is launching a motherboard with the Z390 chipset in October, then it seems likely the 9th generation will follow soon after, before, or at the same time. With 8 cores at apparently high clock speeds, the 9700k and 9900k could be in a position to take a serious lead over AMD's Ryzen 2000 series, much the same way Intel's 8th generation put the pressure on AMD's original Ryzen 1000 series. However, while Z390 and the 9th generation might be launching in October, according to another rumor, the 9900k specifically will not be seen until 2019.