Intel Coffee Lake CPUs are only officially supported by 300 series motherboards and the same is the case for the Intel Core i3-8350K that requires a Z370 motherboard for overclocking. There has been a lot of discussion regarding why this restriction is in place and there are people that claimed that Intel has done this on purpose so people buy new motherboards.
Here we have got an Intel Z170 motherboard that has been modded in order to support the Intel Core i3-8350K Coffee Lake CPU. Having that said this is an expensive motherboard, the MSI Z170A Xpower Titanium. Even though the OS boots when you turn on the PC, there are some issues. You do not get access to integrated graphics and neither does the second PCIe slot work. This could be a drivers issue though.
Time will soon tell whether moving to the 300 series chipset actually benefits the Intel Coffee Lake CPUs or this is just an attempt for Intel to help partners sell more motherboards. ASUS ROG motherboard product manager Andrew Wu was asked about the compatibility concerns and according to him that it actually depends on Intel’s decision.
When further asked if it’s a physical limitation, like power delivery, he replied that power delivery makes a little bit of difference, not much. You can check out relevant pictures below.
It is rumored that the upcoming 9th generation of CPUs will feature up to 8 cores and 16 threads. We also have the complete list of upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs that will be coming out next year. You can check out the list here. If it turns out that Coffee Lake CPUs are backward compatible then there is going to be a huge uproar.
Let us know what you think about this Intel Z170 motherboard working fine with the Intel Core i3-8350K Coffee Lake CPU.