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New leak suggests AMD will continue numerical tactics with Intel by introducing X860 chipset

AMD and Intel to name-share new chipset series?
Last Updated on May 28, 2024
AMD skip 700 series motherboards for 800 series
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So yes, while it appears that AMD is preparing to launch its next generation of desktop CPUs and motherboards, they may not be under the name you think. According to the latest rumors, AMD is looking to skip a generation ahead in their latest chipset series in order to match Intel, which may cause some confusion among fans.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen these numerical tactics from AMD, with the brands new 300-series APUs seemingly ‘one upping’ Intel’s 200 Ultra series.

More 800-series chipset leaks unearthed

When a new generation of motherboard chipsets gets released, most fans are able to predict what they will be called ahead of time. This is because they tend to follow a similar pattern, whether increasing in numerical order or even alphabetical.

However, not many would have predicted that the new AMD motherboard chipsets would be the X860 (E), not the X760 (E). According to a leak reported by Benchlife, the flagship X670 (E) motherboard chipsets will seemingly skip a generation, with the X860 series set to be next in line. This may sound familiar as Intel is also now simultaneously offering 800 series chipsets like the Intel Z890 flagship. With both CPU manufacturers offering flagship motherboards using the 800-series branding, surely this will create confusion?

The latest AMD X670 (E) motherboard chipset – Image © BGFG

AMD and Intel 800 series

While sharing a name is likely to cause a little confusion in the community, both manufacturers have made it easy to tell one from the other. Despite sharing a name, the AMD and Intel 800 series chips will not overlap in terms of features – differentiating each model significantly. In fact, they have completely different designs for their processor sockets, meaning an Intel CPU won’t fit in an AMD motherboard, and vice versa. This goes for the latest models and extends back as far as most people can remember. Of course, this would not be the first time we are hearing about a name change surrounding AMD, because it appears the manufacturer is still tinkering with the name for its Strix Point Zen 5 mobile platform.

These latest AMD motherboard chips are expected to be compatible with the Ryzen 9000 series of CPUs, codenamed Granite Ridge, bringing an additional element of excitement to this release. AMD is likely to finally confirm any major changes, including name switch-ups, at Computex 2024 in June.

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