ASUS launches new H510 motherboards
Although Intel’s LGA 1700 platform has been on the market for over a year and a half, there remains a certain demand for the preceding LGA 1200 platform. Recently, ASUS introduced several H510 motherboards belonging to the Prime series, namely PRIME H510M-A R2.0-CSM, PRIME H510M-E R2.0 CSM, PRIME H510M-A R2.0, and PRIME H510M-E R2.0. Interestingly, these leverage the preceding H470 chipset.
The repurposing of old chipsets in new products is by no means a novel occurrence among motherboard manufacturers. Several reasons could precipitate the recycling of old chipsets, including early design considerations for specific chipsets. However, in this instance, the original chipsets have reached their End-of-Life (EOL) status, compelling manufacturers to find alternative ways of utilizing older chipsets.
Intel’s H series chipsets do not receive corresponding updates for each generation. For instance, the latest 700 series chipsets presently include only Z790, H770, and B760, with a conspicuous absence of a lower-end H710, which is unlikely to surface. Despite the H510 sounding more up-to-date, the H470 actually has higher specifications, offering additional PCIe lanes, USB ports, and SATA III ports, while also supporting RAID array functionality.
Contrary to ASUS’s approach, Gigabyte has deployed the H510 chipset on its H410 motherboards, releasing models like H410M-S2 V3 and H410M-DS2V V3. Gigabyte’s strategy is unlikely to pose any issues since both the H410 and H510 chipsets share the same purchase price and essentially offer identical features, with the former supporting Intel VT-d and the latter Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking.
Should consumers currently consider purchasing low-end motherboards for these older platforms, they are unlikely to concern themselves with the differences between various chipsets.