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Motherboards with Intel Z270 logic set can still work with CPU Coffee Lake. But they won't
The reason for the incompatibility of old boards with the new Intel CPU still lies in the marketing
A couple of weeks ago we talked about how Intel made Coffee Lake processors incompatible with the system boards for the CPU of previous generations. We will remind, the essence of the issue is the greater number of contacts for supplying voltage VCC from the new processors.
However, now we can safely say that in fact it is not an insurmountable barrier to the compatibility of old motherboards and new processors.According to the product Manager of Asus Andrew Wu( Andrew Wu), the main reason for the incompatibility is Intel's solution. Simply put, marketing. Yes, the Core of the eighth generation really is different from its predecessors, however, these issues could be addressed. According to the representative of Asus, the company can ensure the compatibility of motherboards based on the chipset with CPU Intel Z270 Coffee Lake. This requires a BIOS update and Management Engine update, as Intel has "somehow blocked compatibility."
Unfortunately, all this information is interesting from a purely theoretical point of view, since probably no company will be able to implement support for new CPUs on old boards in practice.