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Intel Coffee Lake spotted running on Z170 motherboard

by on05 December 2017

Not as impossible as Intel said

It appears that running an Intel Coffee Lake on a Z170 chipset motherboard is not as impossible as Intel claimed earlier as a Core i3-8350K was spotted happily running on a Z170 motherboard with modified BIOS.

According to pictures and screenshots originated at Baidu and spotted by, Intel's Core i3-8350K was seen running on MSI's Z170A Xpower Titanium motherboard with modified BIOS and microcode changes.

Although the mod does not work perfectly as the iGPU is not available and the primary PCIe slot is not functioning, this clearly shows that Coffee Lake CPUs should have no problem working on Z170 Express chipset motherboards and power delivery modifications, which was Intel's reasoning for lack of backward compatibility, but it does not have anything to do with it.

Asus has already confirmed that the lack of support for Coffee Lake CPUs on Z170 chipset motherboards was pushed by Intel and the latest leak pretty much confirms it.

Of course, it is highly unlikely that Intel will change its decision.

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Last modified on 05 December 2017
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