Yesterday Intel released a new series of processors as well as the long awaited B360 and H370-chipsets for cheaper motherboards. These motherboards can be paired with Coffee Lake processors, which finally allows you to build a cheaper system based on Intel's 8th generation. The new chipset mostly offers the same possibilities as Z370 with some new features.
In October 2017, during the introduction of Coffee Lake, many people were pleasantly surprised. For the first time in a decade the number of cores in mainstream processors manufactured by the blue giant increased again. Finally, because although Intel's eternal quad-cores were certainly not slow, competitor AMD showed that more cores also appeals to a considerable part of the mainstream audience. It did not take long before the largest desktop processor manufacturer released more than four cores in a socket 115x-package.
At the top of the Coffee Lake processor pyramid we find the Core i7 8700K; 6 cores with HyperThreading. This allows you to overclock, like you can with the slightly lower positioned Core i5 8600K. Despite the introduction of hexacores the overclockable quad-core is also represented by the Core i3 8350K. However, the remainder of the lineup consists of cpus that you cannot overclock. This means that that specific feature of the Z-chipset is of no use to you, which makes the absence of the B- and H-series motherboards all the more acute.
Testing the first eight B360/H370-motherboards
Since yesterday this is no longer the case: the mainstream processors can now be paired with mainstream chipsets. Popular processors with an excellent price-performance ratio like the Core i5 8400 and the Core i3 8100 can finally be used on motherboards that are much better suited to their capabilities. In this review you can find a comparison of all of these motherboards as well as what motherboard could be an interesting choice for a certain purpose. ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all sent us two motherboards with the new chipsets prior to launch.
The motherboard manufacturers reused many model names for this new iteration. In the case of the B360-chipset Intel had to change the name slightly, as its competitor AMD introduced their B350-chipset last year. This choice of Intel avoids confusion, even though there are still motherboards that have a nearly identical name in comparison with an AMD-board - the difference being only one digit.