Intel Coffee Lake Core i3-8100 Runs On B150 Motherboard, Backwards Compatibility Possible
Intel Coffee Lake CPUs only work with 300 series chipset, at least that is what Intel would have you believe but we have got a couple of reports that prove otherwise. Asus has mentioned that Intel Coffee Lake CPUs can work on older chipsets but this functionality has been locked. Now we have an Intel Coffee Lake Core i3-8100 that seems to be working on a B150 motherboard.
Previously we also saw that the MSI Z170A Xpower Titanium works with the Intel Core i3-8350K Coffee Lake CPU with a few minimal issues like one of the PCIe slots not working. That is something that you can ignore if you are not going to be using multiple graphics cards and keep in mind that the Coffee Lake series of CPUs have the same LGA 1151 socket as previous chips so in theory, this should work.
The system in question is using a B150M PRO4S motherboard and the BIOS shows that it is housing an Intel Coffee Lake Core i3-8100. Right now we do not know what the issues of this combination would be or even if there are any issues at all. Having that said we can see that the system is using 8 GB of RAM and that this hardware is being detected. You can check out the image below:
We also have reports that the upcoming 9th generation of Intel CPUs will feature 8 cores and 16 threads much like the AMD Ryzen series of CPUs. It will be interesting to see what kind of gains these upcoming CPUs will have to offer as compared to the current CPUs.
Let us know what you think about this chip working fine with an older motherboard and whether or not you think Intel is trying to fool us all with the claim that only 300 series chipsets will work with the new CPUs.