In a few days, on September 27th, Intel will introduce the 13th generation Core (Raptor Lake) desktop processors. Together with them will debut motherboards based on the new Intel 700 series chipsets. Photos of upcoming motherboards based on the old Intel Z790 chipset from ASUS, MSI and ASRock have been shared from the VideoCardz portal.
Just note that there are only a few pictures here, but not all Intel Z790 based motherboards. Notably, not only a few models with support for older DDR4 memory (from MSI and ASUS) are shown here, and there is also not a single model in the Micro-ATX form factor. But then there is Mini-ITX. The full features of the cards shown are still unknown, but the main features can be studied in appearance.
According to reports, the Intel Z790 chipset supports up to eight PCIe 3.0 lanes and up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Additionally, the CPU will provide 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes and an additional four PCIe 4.0 lanes. According to previous leaks, the 700 series chipset-based motherboards will support more (up to 5) USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gb / s) ports, compared to their predecessors on the 600 series chipset.
As for RAM, the new 13th generation Intel Core processors will support modules with speeds up to DDR4-3200 and DDR5-5600 without overclocking. Of course, motherboards based on the flagship chipset will support RAM overclocking, including the use of XMP 3.0 profiles. In some cases it will be possible to obtain jobs in DDR5-7000 mode and even higher.
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