A supplier of PCs from China has added support for Intel’s Coffee Lake CPUs to its platforms based on Intel’s H110 chipset. The announcement does not mean that mainboards from other brands can work with Intel’s latest CPUs, but certainly raises questions.

Onda, a supplier of computers from China, tweeted that its H110C+ (rev. 1.00) mainboards now support Intel’s Core i3-8100 and Core i3-8350K processors. Both CPUs belong to the Coffee Lake family, which uses a different power delivery method than processors which belong to the Skylake and Kaby Lake families (please check our Coffee Lake review for details). Yet, the producer of motherboards found a way to support Intel’s latest CPUs on its entry level platforms, we assume, by adjusting the firmware to detect and change the identification pins. Other considerations have to be in place as well, such as VRM temperatures and power delivery - the listing does not show support for the Core i7-8700K for example, which has much higher power delivery requirements.

Running a Coffee Lake CPU on motherboards featuring the LGA1150 v1 socket is not exactly surprising. Enthusiasts have managed to work the latest parts on older platforms, such as onto the ASRock Z170 OC Formula, but this requires adjusting the pin pads on the bottom of the processor.

Onda, by contrast, is the first company to announce the support with publically available firmware.

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Source: Onda (via Twitter)

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  • tamalero - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - link

    So.. intel artificially blocks certain chips from being set up in certain mobos to push consumers to buy different chipssets/mobos?
    *pretends to be shocked*
  • speculatrix - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - link

    Me too, I'm shocked, shocked, I tell ya'
  • brunosalezze - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - link

    To suport the quad cores CFLs you only need to add the cpu microcode and upgrade the VBIOS. in the bios No HW mods required. But... to run the six cores and the Gs HW mods are needed.

    Someone may think that the quad cores CFLs are KBL i5s with a new stamp on it.
  • Lolimaster - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - link

    They're Skylake.

    It's the same chip, just a newer stepping.
  • Flunk - Monday, August 20, 2018 - link

    They're all Skylake. Intel hasn't really built a new chip since Skylake. Cannon lake, the next chip design is 10nm. They've been spinning their wheels for the last 2 years.
  • diehardmacfan - Monday, August 20, 2018 - link

    This isn't exactly true, the uArch is Skylake but it's still a changed process and the power requirements are different. The current i9's are Skylake too, but you wouldn't expect them to be compatible.
  • ziddey - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - link

    ME downgrade also required I think? Haven't tried 4c cfl.
  • mkaibear - Monday, August 20, 2018 - link

    So many people keen to throw shade at Intel, so little time.

    Intel stated quite explicitly - they knew that Coffee Lake would work on some 100 and 200 chipsets but not all of them - especially the higher power delivery CPUs and the ones which require better quality power.

    So rather than deal with a situation where they either had to say "yes this will work" and then deal with customer and OEM complaints, or a situation where they had to say "only these CPUs will work" and then deal with customer and OEM complaints, they instead chose to say "this won't work, you'll need a new motherboard" - that way at the end of the day they can warrant that people's boards will work with their CPUs.

    It's no surprise that enterprising(!) vendors have worked out how to make some of the lower spec CPUs work with the earlier boards. You'll note that the higher power CPUs are conspicuous by their absence.
  • shabby - Monday, August 20, 2018 - link

    This is only happening because of Ryzen, otherwise a new mobo would of been mandatory, so yes we'll throw shade at intel.
  • mganai - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - link

    Not following. A new mobo IS mandatory for Coffee Lake.

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