The Intel Core i9-9900K and the Core i7-9700K will be compatible with H310 boards as well

The H310 chipset can support the upcoming Intel 9th gen CPUs as well. (Source: Videocardz)
The H310 chipset can support the upcoming Intel 9th gen CPUs as well. (Source: Videocardz)
ASRock has started putting stickers on the packaging of its H310 motherboards indicating that the upcoming 8 core Intel CPUs such as the Core i9-9900K and the Core i7-9700K are supported by the H310 chipset as well along with the Z390. Existing H310 boards should be getting a BIOS update that enables support for the new CPUs.

We are seeing quite a few details trickle in with respect to Intel's upcoming 'Coffee Lake-S' desktop CPUs. First we saw details leak about the new chips and yesterday, we came to know that only the Core i9 will support Hyperthreading and that the 8 core SKUs will come with a soldered IHS. Now, we come to know that the 8 core Core i9-9900K and the Core i7-9700K will not just be restricted to the Z390 motherboards as was thought earlier. A new motherboard packaging for ASRock's H310 motherboard has leaked that shows support for the new Intel 8 core chips. This confirms two things — one, there are indeed 8 core Intel chips on the anvil and two, a BIOS update can enable the H310 boards support the new CPUs. 

The H310 offers a low cost entry option for those considering the new 9th generation chips. There are quite a few 300-series chipsets currently available for the 8th generation Coffee Lake-S CPUs including the B360, H370, H310, Z370, and the new Z390. The H300-series is the least expensive of the bunch. Therefore, they do not come with all the bells and whistles of the Z300-series such as overclocking support or high PCIe lane counts. They also have far fewer USB and SATA ports compared to the rest of the lineup.

While it is not a bad idea per se to pair the top of the line Core i9-9900K or a Core i7-9700K with the no-frills H310 chipset, it definitely should not be the first preference given the limitations of the chipset. This sort of setup might be favored by someone who'd rather save a few pennies to spend on more important things like the GPU or SSD instead of integrated Wi-Fi, overclocking, or RGB bling. System vendors might also look to market their Core i9 or Core i7-based systems on the H310 chipset to lure customers with a lower entry cost.

That said, a Z390 or at least a H370-based motherboard can do a lot more to unleash the full potential of these new CPUs.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-07-27 (Update: 2018-07-27)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.