MSI confirmed in a news post on Wednesday that several of its Z370 motherboards are receiving updates to support Intel’s 9000-series processors. But here’s the thing: Intel hasn’t announced any 9000-series processors.
The MSI Z370 Tomahawk will support Intel’s 9th-gen
MSI Z370 Tomahawk
Rumors of a 6-core Core i5-9600K, an 8-core Core i7-9700K, and an 8-core Core i9-9900K chip with hyperthreading enabled have run rampant over the past month, and MSI’s slip-up substantiates that something is on the way, though the announcement doesn’t include core counts for Intel’s chips.
Intel hasn’t uttered a peep about 9000-series chips, so there’s no official word on when they’ll release anything. The current rumor mill points towards a September launch, however, and it can’t be that far off if MSI published a compatibility update for the chips. At Computex, Intel said that new processors will be available before the end of 2018.
We discussed the Intel 9th-gen rumors in the most recent episode of our Full Nerd podcast. Jump to the 37:40 mark in the video embedded below to check it out.
Why this matters: If the rumors and leaks hold true, these will be the first 8-core CPUs in Intel’s mainstream consumer lineup. In the wake of 8th-gen “Coffee Lake” chips requiring an upgrade to new motherboards due to power concerns, some people worried that the 9000-series chips would be limited to motherboards using Intel’s upcoming high-end Z390 chipset alone. But between this MSI post touting Z370 BIOS updates and a Videocardz leak showing an ASRock H310 motherboard box advertising support for 8-core CPUs, it seems likely that all 8th-gen motherboards were designed from the ground up to support the increased power demands that extra cores bring—even if those cores indeed hit 5GHz like the 6-core Core i7-8086K.
But there’s a reason we don’t cover speculation often: While MSI’s post and the pair of leaked benchmarks lend credence to the recent flurry of Core i7-9700K and Core i9-9900K rumors, nothing’s official until Intel makes formal product announcements.
Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. He specializes in graphics cards and gaming, but covers everything from security to Windows tips and all manner of PC hardware.