MSI pushed a news item live today that states that the company has released updated BIOS versions for its Intel Z370-based motherboards that add support for Intel’s as-yet unannounced 9th Generation Core processors. The announcement shows that Intel’s upcoming 9000-series CPUs will work with existing platforms.

The list of MSI’s Z370-powered motherboards that already support the forthcoming Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors includes 15 models (see the list below), whereas in total the company has 20 Z370-based SKUs in its lineup. Therefore, MSI yet has to add support for Intel’s upcoming CPUs to all of its Z370 platforms.

Intel has not yet announced the new processors, although has stated that the next generation of S-series (desktop) processors will be in the market my the end of the year. Preliminary leaks indicate that the new chips will rely on the Coffee Lake/Kaby Lake microarchitecture, will feature up to eight cores and will be made using one of Intel’s 14 nm process technologies, however this has not been qualified by Intel.

The list of MSI’s Z370-based motherboards that support Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors with the new BIOSes are as follows:

  • MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon
  • MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z370M Gaming Pro AC
  • MSI Z370 Krait Gaming
  • MSI Z370 SLI Plus
  • MSI Z370 Tomahawk
  • MSI Z370-A Pro
  • MSI Z370-OC Pro
  • MSI Z370 PC Pro
  • MSI Z370M Mortar
  • MSI Z370 Gaming M5
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Plus
  • MSI Z370 OC Gaming

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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - link

    Interesting. This is the first time in a long time that I recall Intel giving us the privilege of using the same motherboard chipset for a newer generation processor. If only they supported their platforms and motherboards for a few years like AMD, so the concept of buying into a new platform and "upgrading" to a newer/faster CPU actually made logical sense in the future.
  • Hxx - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - link

    um kabylake and skylake can be used on both Z170 and Z270 boards.... i dont think this is anything new.
  • smilingcrow - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - link

    Two generations of CPUs is the norm for Intel so nothing to see here.
  • Maxiking - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - link

    1. You always have had 2 gens per a chipset.

    2. Upgrading Intel doesn't make sense, unless you buy an i3 or i5. When they release a new lineup, it is the fastest one on the market and does not underperform in certain tasks. The upgrade cost would be higher than the gain.

    3. And it is not going to be any different with AMD in the future. If they plan adding more cores, expect the same. Mobos will need better VRMS, cooling, 10+ cores will require quad chanel and more pcie lines, etc..
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - link

    Why? They're already giving you a 125w 16core for TR4, and that's with 12nm and quad channel.

    They could easily launch a 65w and 95w with higher frecuencies with Zen2 7nm or a 16core @125w with 3.8Ghz base.
  • 29a - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - link

    All of us who bought Z170-270 boards were screwed hard.
  • smilingcrow - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - link

    No, you were just uninformed of Intel's typical business practices.
    Ignorance of common facts within context is on you.
  • Drumsticks - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - link

    Sandy and Ivy was on Z67/77. Haswell and Broadwell was on Z87/Z97, with an even worse caveat (iirc) that Broadwell didn't work on Z87. Skylake and Kaby Lake were on Z170/270, with the only caveat that Kaby Lake was only around for about 7 months or something before being replaced. It's still two gens. Coffee Lake and Coffee Lake refresh will cover about two years of products.

    Like it or not, Intel has pretty consistently caused a motherboard break every two generations of processors. You could consider the generation break happening at a time when they increased core count by 50% unlucky, but the actual behavior isn't unusual.
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - link

    They should be compatible with Skylake mobos, because they're the same damn cpu with the same damn IPC, just adding more cores.
  • Tkan215 - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - link

    Intel want money they dont want you to resell old cpu and want you to buy new motherboard therefore revenue go up

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