Tech Bytes: Motherboard Compatibility

Tech Bytes interviews a subject matter expert about packaging and motherboard compatibility of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processor family, including why these processors are available as Intel® Core™ i5 processors and above.



Hello. And welcome back to Intel Tech Bytes, where we take technical topics and break them down into bit-sized pieces. I'm your host, Lexi Marks. Today's episode is the last of the series but most certainly not the least, covering both 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and 10th Gen Intel Core desktop processors. We have Marcus Piper joining us. Hi, Marcus. And thanks so much for joining.

Hey, Lexi. Thanks for having me. Glad to be here.

We have lots of exciting topics to chat about today, from clarifying the difference between the new 10th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and the previously launched skews, what comes along with all these changes, the thermal solutions, and that big question on compatibility. With that being said, let's jump in and start off with, I'd like to ask you about the new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processor. It's I5 and above. But why?

Yeah. We wanted to provide customers with the latest and greatest key features at a performance level that would deliver an amazing customer experience. In doing so, we hope that customers will aspire to the new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family.

Now a 10th Gen Intel core desktop processor question. What's new with the 10th Gen Intel Core I3, Intel Celeron, and Intel Pentium processors?

Yeah. The 10th Gen Intel Core I3 processor will feature a frequency improvement as well as an improved thermo solution for those 65 watt box processors. Now customers familiar with what updates we made with our 10th Gen core desktop processor launch may recognize this thermal solution. It actually features an all black design as well as a copper core instead of an aluminum core for an improved thermal design. And this solution was previously only available with the I7 and above processors.

OK. So that's what's on the inside of the box. Now what about the outside of the box? Are we going to see any packaging changes? And what about those MM numbers?

Yeah. So the packaging for the 10th Gen Intel core desktop processors, the Intel Celeron processors, as well as the Intel Pentium processors will feature packaging updates. And that will be reflected on the new MM numbers that will be published to customers.

OK. So now motherboard compatibility. What's that looking like for the 11th Gen and 10th Gen Intel core desktop processors?

Yeah. So the 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be compatible with both the Intel based 400 series and 500 series motherboards, with the exception of the H410 and B460 boards. Now I do want to point out, to receive the full feature benefits of the platform, it will be best to pair that 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processor with an Intel based 500 series motherboard. If there are any questions about BIOS or overall compatibility, I would recommend reaching out directly to your preferred motherboard ODM.

Got it. Now Marcus, if I was to jot all of this into a flash card in my mind, what points would be the most important? And what would be the one thing that I should emphasize on the most?

Yeah. So we covered a lot in a short amount of time. I'd say the new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver an amazing full feature experience when paired with an Intel based 500 series motherboard.

We did cover a lot. And thank you so much for joining and walking through a ton of topics in a short amount of time.

Any time. Thanks, Lexi.

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