Intel Discontinues 300-Series Chipsets

Intel isn’t slow to pull the curtain down on its products when replacements are waiting in the wings. Last month, the company discontinued its entire 9th-gen Coffee Lake Refresh line, including the still-excellent Core i9-9900K. Its predecessor, the 8th-gen Coffee Lake CPUs, were discontinued in June 2020.

The announcement comes just before the start of CES 2021 next week, where Intel will likely reveal its 500-series motherboards. These feature an LGA1200 socket, so both the 10th-gen Comet Lake-S and upcoming 11th-gen Rocket Lake-S chips are supported.

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ASUS TUF Z390-PRO GAMING

Even though the TUF Z390-Pro Gaming motherboard by ASUS is one of their budget models it is based on the very good Intel Z390 chipset which is the best one can get for an LGA 1151 CPU (something which will probably never change since the Z490 chipset with the LGA 1200 CPUs is just days away).

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GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS MASTER

Now I can’t really say that I was impressed with the performance of either the Realtek ALC1220-VB audio card (still prefer the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D model used in the Z390 Dark) or the cFosSpeed internet enhancements used with the Intel I219-V 1 Gigabit LAN (virtually no difference with network performance measurements taken with the other two Z390 boards) but it goes without saying that not everything is meant to stand out (at least nowhere near what manufacturers make them out to be).

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MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON

It goes without saying but having used and reviewed very old motherboard models with onboard switches (for power/restart/OC) and displays means that I expect something along those lines from all the latest models (regardless of price range) so lacking all of the above is a hit and miss for me and pretty much one of the only serious drawbacks of this model.

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EVGA Z390 Dark

The rotated CPU socket and DIMM slots do seem to help with airflow levels and the 17-phase VRM design does wonders when it comes to overclocking (can easily go well over 5GHZ on the i9-9900K if you have a very good cooler). RAM compatibility is also very good since the Z390 Dark supports modules with speeds surpassing 4600MHZ (we may get a chance to test some 4800MHZ modules on it to verify this).

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ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X

The main area of difference is the CPU VRM which is improved for Intel’s Core i9 9900KS with its standard 127W TDP, up from 95W on the Core i9 9900K. While Intel’s i9 9900KS wasn’t released until October 2019, ASRock had already released the Phantom Gaming X revision by July 2019 in anticipation of the release that Intel had communicated to its board partners.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI FORMULA

Asus currently lists 52 ROG motherboards in its impressive line-up of which 11 use the Z390 chipset to support Intel 9th Gen. Coffee Lake. The ROG Maximus XI Formula sits at the top of that particular stack and has been designed to address the vexed issue of VRM cooling, thanks to the use of a CrossChill III VRM hybrid cooling block made by EK water blocks.

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ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7

While the Z390 market is now mature, ASRock launched two new motherboards into its Intel Z390 product stack, and today we are taking a look at one of them, the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7. With a feature set spearheaded by a 2.5 GbE port, it sits between the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 and Z390 Phantom Gaming 6, aiming for a more mid-range user.

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