Intel Z390 motherboards for 9th Gen CPUs leak ahead of launch

If you've been patiently waiting for the new 9700K or 9900K CPUs, these leaked shots of the Z390 motherboards will be a welcome sight.

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While it is probably one of the worst kept secrets in the world of PC hardware, Intel’s plans to release its 9th Gen processors is still causing lots of excitement for gamers and content creators. The follow up to last years Coffee Lake lineup will bring the first-ever 8-core CPUs to Intel’s mainstream product lineup. As with any new Intel series release, a new motherboard chipset will be debuting, and this time it will come in the form of the Z390. Ahead of the rumored October release, glamor shots of these next-gen motherboards are popping up like crazy.

Hardware news site VideoCardz has been hard at work posting shots from the seemingly endless supply of leaks. Here are a few of the standout boards that manufacturers are preparing to sell with the new 9700K and 9900K CPUs.

ASUS MAXIMUS XI Extreme

ASUS MAXIMUS Formula (with EK waterblock)

ASUS MAXIMUS XI Gene

ASUS Z390-A, Z390-P, and Z390-P mATX

ASRock Z390 Taichi

ASRock Z390-P Phantom Gaming 9

MSI MEG Z390 Godlike

MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk

MSI Z390I Gaming Edge Mini-ITX

The biggest changes coming with the Z390 chipset will be the new integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller that support up to 6 Gen 2 ports and 10 Gen 1 ports, Intel’s newest AC Wifi controller, and a new Intel sound solution. Additionally, these new motherboards are expected to have upgraded VRMs to handle the additional load expected from the new 8-core CPUs. All the boards should be on shelves at or around the time Intel officially launches its new CPU series. The exact date of this release is not yet know, but should be right around the corner.  

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    September 25, 2018 2:40 PM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Intel Z390 motherboards for 9th Gen CPUs leak ahead of launch

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      September 25, 2018 3:17 PM

      They're up to 9 now? Coulda swore I just upgraded to 6

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        September 25, 2018 4:59 PM

        August 2015 release for the 6600k/6700k. Three years isn't that long in CPU terms these days, though.

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      September 25, 2018 4:25 PM

      Nice! I've been out of the loop for a while coming from sandy bridge...what's with the big hood for the rear I/O ports?

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        September 25, 2018 5:02 PM

        Generally useless flare that can be pretty easily removed.

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      September 25, 2018 4:52 PM

      Awesome. Can't wait for the new processors to hit.

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      September 25, 2018 5:51 PM

      Yessssss my wallet is ready.

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      September 25, 2018 9:14 PM

      Haha one of them is branded "godlike"

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        September 26, 2018 8:48 AM

        i heard "godlike" in the Quake voice (yes, i know UT, but i heard it in Quake voice)

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      September 26, 2018 6:27 AM

      I just got a 7700k so.. no thanks, not for awhile.

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      September 26, 2018 6:36 AM

      Really want to grab a 9900k, but not looking forward to wading through a see of RGBullshit motherboards.

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        September 26, 2018 6:55 AM

        rgb has doesn't out of hand. Its a gaming computer, not a Christmas tree.

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        September 26, 2018 7:50 AM

        Meh, just turn it all off. It's not like you have to throw a disco party in your case.

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      September 26, 2018 7:12 AM

      My 3550k at 4.7ghz is still kicking it. Maybe this gen will make me upgrade?

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        September 26, 2018 8:05 AM

        2600k and waiting to see what comes out of the 7nm parts from AMD this year (maybe?) or Intel next year. Hopefully enough time will pass for them 2000-series cards to drop down in price, too.