The Z690 and Alder Lake desktop CPU launches are going to be one of Intel’s biggest to date. The Z690 release date has been confirmed to be on the 19th of November with a pre-launch announcement at Intel’s Innovation event, discussing the price, specifications, and general performance coming towards the end of October.
Z690 release date
The Z690 motherboard is set to release on the 19th of November 2021.
What we know about the Z690 motherboard so far
At the same time as the Alder Lake CPU launch, Intel will launch the Z690 chipset. These will be the first chipset from the 600 series, with others rumored to be coming sometime in 2022. These boards are going to support both the K and non-K chips, with the platform also supporting DDR5, PCIe Gen 5.0, and enhanced overclocking capabilities.
This new chipset is going to feature the LGA 1700 socket, designed for Alder Lake processors and beyond. These are going to be the go-to boards for DDR5 memory, with native speeds of 4800MHz.
The specs are set to be announced later this month but it’s been a big overhaul in design thanks to Alder Lake. The new socket supports DDR4 and DDR5, so you aren’t required to buy the latest memory, although it will have its benefits.
It was reported that Intel is switching from the LGA 1200 square socket size (37.5 x 37.5) to a rectangular one (45 x 37.5). This means new coolers are going to be required for this new socket, with Noctua already offering customers a free LGA1700 bracket for supported coolers when the time comes.
A look at some Z690 models we expect to see
- ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero
- ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-F Gaming WiFi
- ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A Gaming WiFi
- ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WiFI
- ASUS PRIME Z690-A
- ASUS PRIME Z690-P WiFi
- ASUS PRIME Z690-P WIFI
- ASUS PRIME Z690-P
- ASUS PRIME Z690-P
- ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming
- ASRock Z690M Phantom Gaming
- ASRock Z690 PRO RS
- ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming Riptide
- ASRock Z690 Taichi
- ASRock Z690 Extreme
- ASRock Z690 Steel Legend
- Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Elite AX
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