Intel To launch B860 Chipset as the Mainstream Solution for Arrow Lake-S Processors

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Intel is set to expand its motherboard chipset offerings with the B860, positioned as a mid-range option for its forthcoming Arrow Lake-S desktop processors. This development follows the anticipation surrounding Intel's high-end Z890 chipset, tailored for the Core Ultra "Arrow Lake-S" CPUs in the LGA1851 package, which primarily caters to PC enthusiasts with its unlocked K/KF processor SKUs. The B860 chipset is slated to support a new lineup of motherboards, with MSI already registering four models: MPG B860M Edge Ti WiFi, MPG B860I Edge WiFi, MAG B860 Tomahawk WiFi, and MAG B860M Mortar WiFi. These models, carrying the internal product numbers 7E38, 7E39, 7E40, and 7E43 respectively, indicate MSI's readiness to adopt the new chipset.

Currently, there is no confirmation on the availability of the B860 chipset alongside the initial release of Arrow Lake-S processors. Historical release patterns suggest that Intel's mid-tier chipsets and 65W-class processor SKUs typically launch in the first quarter following the debut of a new processor generation, hinting at a potential early 2025 release for the B860. Technical specifications for the B860 chipset suggest it will not support CPU overclocking, likely featuring a narrower chipset bus and fewer PCIe general-purpose lanes compared to the more potent Z890. 

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