According to a report, Intel’s next-gen Z490 chipset powered motherboards and 10th Gen Comet Lake-S CPUs are expected to launch in April next year. The news comes from HKPEC, who has acquired details from industry insiders and is anticipating the new chipset to bring a significant update.
As part of the 400-series chipset fleet, the Z490 chipset would be featured on the high-end board designs. There would even be other chipsets similar to W480, B460, and H410. Focusing solely on the Z490 chipset, it’s expected to be the main launch that might accompany Intel’s 10th Gen processors dubbed, Comet Lake-S. A few Z490 series boards from various Intel associates leaked out a few days ago.
The Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake-S family would initially roll out with 9 SKUs with more to come back later. They might be segmented in the Xeon W, Core i9, Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron elements. Surprisingly, Intel would have two completely different chip layouts for their Comet Lake family. The 10 core and 8 core versions could be based on the Comet Lake-S 10+2 wafer, while the remainder of the components could be found on the Comet Lake-S 6+2 wafer.
It’s now confirmed that Intel is indeed shifting to a new socket with its 400-series boards that might be launched in 2020. While the LGA 1200 socket has the same dimensions as the LGA 1151 socket (37.5mm x 37.5mm), the socket keying has shifted to the left side, and Comet Lake is not mechanically or electrically appropriate with Coffee Lake motherboards.