Report: Upcoming Intel 9-Series Chipsets May Not Support Current Haswell CPUs

Report: Upcoming Intel 9-Series Chipsets May Not Support Current Haswell CPUs

Due to differences in electrics, it appears that Intel might have
compatibility between its upcoming 9-series chipsets and current
‘Haswell’ processors.

A report from VR-Zone indicates that the upcoming ‘Broadwell’ CPUs
might have problems working on the current 8-series chipsets, as will
the 9-chipset have trouble supporting the current ‘Haswell’ processors.
This is particularly interesting because following Intel’s tick-tock
release cycle, according to the report, both of the platforms will share
the LGA1150 socket. Earlier rumors and reports indicated that Intel’s
upcoming ‘Broadwell’ CPUs would feature a BGA socket, not an LGA socket.

The problems with backwards and forwards compatibility are being
blamed on differences in the electrical connections, particularly with
regard to power distribution throughout the chipset and motherboard.

While this rumor might be moderately concerning, Intel has planned to
roll out a new series of refreshed ‘Haswell’ processors in the future.
This is also a disturbance in the tick-tock release cycle. Expected
changes include features that are catered more towards the feature set
of the 9-series chipsets, with new features such as SATA express, and a very
limited number of reports are indicating DDR4 support. From the report,
we can also conclude that the 9-series chipset is catered to not only
the ‘Haswell’ refresh CPUs or the ‘Broadwell’ CPUs, but rather to both.

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