While the manufacturing companies didn’t really say much of it, BlueChip, a German IT distributor has spilled the beans on AMD and Intel’s future roadmap. It turns out that the two most awaited products are:
AMD Z490 vs Intel Z390
Intel Z390, as discussed in our previous article, is going to support upcoming and existing Coffee Lake S CPUs. The AMD Z490 chipset is “X470 on steroids” (as stated by Videocardz).
For the AMD Z490 chipset, the release date suggested by BlueChip is June 2018. This makes us believe that it will be released even before B450 (mid-range chipset for Pinnacle Ridge).
For Intel, an 8-core Coffee Lake processor is confirmed whose engineering samples are probably rolling out this June. Designed for high-end mainstream motherboards, it is actually a complete series which will consist of a number of SKUs.
Not only this, the existing king, AMD Threadripper might receive a platform refresh instead of a new chipset. The same report says that the second generation Threadripper (based on Zen+) might see the day of light in August 2018.