The previously released Z370 chipset by Intel was heavily criticized for its compatibility. It was actually a Coffee Lake exclusive motherboard with no other visible differences. This raised many questions over its quick production and release and the same goes for the all-new Z390 chipset.

The potential buyers are questioning its additional benefits and it seems like that Intel has answers for them.

The Key Differences

To summarize the differences between Z370 and Z390 chipsets, VZ has provided a list of specs comprising of the USB 3.1 Gen 2 and PCIe support:

Intel Z390 vs Z370
Flex I/O Lane Intel Z390 Intel Z370
USB 3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 USB 3.0 / OTG
1 USB 3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 USB 3.0
2 USB 3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 USB 3.0
3 USB 3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 USB 3.0
4 USB 3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 USB 3.0
5 USB 3.1 Gen1 / Gen2 USB 3.0
6 USB 3.1 Gen1 / PCIe USB 3.0 / PCIe
7 USB 3.1 Gen1 / PCIe USB 3.0 / PCIe
8 USB 3.1 Gen1 / PCIe USB 3.0 / PCIe
9 USB 3.1 Gen1 / PCIe USB 3.0 / PCIe / LAN
10 PCIe / GbE PCIe / LAN
11 PCIe PCIe
12 PCIe PCIe
13 PCIe PCIe
14 PCIe / GbE PCIe / LAN / SATA 0A
15 PCIe PCIe / SATA 1A
16 PCIe / SATA 0A PCIe
17 PCIe, GbE / SATA 1A PCIe / LAN
18 PCIe / GbE / SATA 0B PCIe / LAN / SATA 0B
19 PCIe / SATA 1B PCIe / SATA 1B
20 PCIe / SATA 2 PCIe / SATA 2
21 PCIe / SATA 3 PCIe / SATA 3
22 PCIe / SATA 4 PCIe / SATA 4
23 PCIe / SATA 5 PCIe / SATA 5
24 PCIe PCIe
25 PCIe PCIe
26 PCIe PCIe
27 PCIe PCIe
28 PCIe PCIe
29 PCIe PCIe
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