ASRock’s official Twitter feed has just confirmed what we all had an inkling to believe already: Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake architecture, which promises the first major change in Intel’s line-up strategy, won’t be compatible with existing motherboards and chipsets. Now, granted, companies’ official Twitter feeds may sometimes be open to failures or miscommunication from the account operator at the time of writing, but still, the company hasn’t doubled back on the original posting.
This does make slightly more sense than other times where Intel didn’t offer support for a new generation of its processors in a past chipset. However, this does confirm that Intel users are again left without an upgrade path for the top-of-the-line Intel solutions they may have acquired already. If you purchased an i7-7700K and were expecting to upgrade to an Intel six-core next round, you’ll have to rethink that strategy, and your budget, to include a new motherboard with a new chipset (expectedly, Z370.)