Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake Processors Require Intel 300 Series Motherboard

Intel has posted up retail packaging images of their upcoming Coffee Lake desktop processor series! The side of the box confirms that these will be 6-core, 12-thread processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. The bad news is that it confirms the rumors that Intel’s 8th generation Core processors will not be supported on current generation Intel 200 series motherboards. The side of the box clearly states that an Intel 300 series chipset-based motherboard is needed. Many desktop enthusiasts were hopeful that Intel Coffee Lake would be compatible on existing motherboards, but that is not going to be the case.

  • 6 Cores
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology For 12 Way Multitasking
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Intel Smart Cache Technology
  • Supports Intel Optane Memory
  • Supports Tw0-Channel DDR4
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • Requires Intel 300 Series chipset-based motherboard

Intel 8th Generation Processor Retail Box Packaging

The images above came straight from the Intel landing pages for Intel Core i7 and Core i5 processors, so it looks like this finally puts the platform question to rest. It also confirms that Intel UHD Graphics 630 will be uses for these desktop parts.

Kaby Lake Refresh

Intel has already announced 8th Generation Core processors will be coming this fall, so hopefully we’ll have these new processors shortly!

  • gsuburban

    I noticed Corsair DDR4 memory on Newegg with the following caption:
    “Intel 200 Series Compatible”.

    Been looking for any changes in the 300 Series Chipset regarding DDR4. I’m wondering if there is also a proprietary DDR4 for the 300 boards.

  • Six_Tymes

    bring on the Z370, i Need a new mobo.

  • Johan Bj√∂rklund

    You are jumping to conclusions a little early. We don’t really know if the 300 series chipset requirement will concern the Coffee Lake Core i3s. The new chipset might be needed for 6 core support but maybe not for 4 core that the i3s willl have.

    • Fabricio Barcelos

      We do not have an official intel position, meanwhile the rumor only increases. But I believe that if it were a lie intel would have denied, most likely the intel coffee lake only with chipset 300 series

  • AcuzA

    Looking forward to the reason behind this, 6th and 7th gen was also LGA 1151