We have compiled for you all the important information regarding the new bracket from home Intel - and regarding the most advanced chipset that will accompany it specifically
The chip giant Intel Is on the verge of a full launch of Alder Lake processors which are the 12th generation processors of the Core brand. Processors These come in a brand new holder called the LGA1700 and currently have one chipset called the Z690 which continues the tradition of the leading chipsets before it such as the Z590 andZ490.
In this article, we put you in order and summarize for you all the important technical information about the new platform of Intel.
Starting on October 27, a variety of motherboards from different chipset systems began Z690 And the LGA1700 bracket fill the product pages of computer stores around the world and are available for pre-purchase since.
Aside from the reason for coming out with new products, hardware manufacturers like GIGABYTE או Asus Again accept the responsibility to assimilate a different amount of features in motherboards according to price tags, and take care to create as solid a product line as possible.
As the second largest chip in the motherboard after the processor, the chipset mainly takes care of the entire array of interface connectivity that is not controlled by the processor. Using a unique channel communication line (DMI), all important communication passes between the Z690 chipset and the processor in the chassis. Compared to previous generations in which the line was established PCI-Express 3.0 X8, the line is now stepping up and moving to standard PCI-Express 4.0 For practical doubling of bandwidth.
Although these communication channels do not come from the chipset but from the processor, Z690-based motherboards also enjoy ultra-fast PCI-Express 5.0 communication for one or two interfaces for graphic cards (Depending on the nature of the assimilation of the motherboard manufacturer).
This chip has a 6W heat envelope like all its predecessors, and is cooled without the need for fans by fixtures Cooling In the various motherboards. Most often, in the configuration of an aluminum piece with many fans and a large surface area.
As you can see, in the last three years a number of changes have been observed in the advanced chipsets of Intel In its mainstream residencies. Interfaces were added USB Extremely fast, additional PCI-Express channels, faster WiFi support and now, also system memory support type DDR5.
Just as we saw in the transition between boards in the Z97 and Z170 chipsets (for those who remember the Core i7 4790K and then the Core i7 6700K), here too we experience a "transition season" of system memory with different motherboards also coming in their standard version with DDR5 support , And some come in a version DDR4 To support existing (and cheaper) memory.
In general and according to models launched so far, there is no technical difference between motherboards that supportDDR4 For those who supportDDR5 Have the same name. Motherboard manufacturers take care to preserve the full set of features and only change the indicator and memory slots on the board.
It is clear to us that Intel wants users who are moving to the 12th generation to also purchase a motherboard that supports DDR5 and a new DDR5 memory in order to get optimal performance and an upgrade horizon when they want more volume or speed from their system memory, since DDR4 Has already made its way in terms of increasing volumes and speeds andDDR5 Just starting his own.
As of this writing and relevant to the launch of 12th generation processors, Z690-based motherboards are still considered premium while even the simplest of existing motherboards are loaded with a set of features we found mostly in advanced and significantly expensive motherboards in the past. For example, the Z690 UD's GIGABYTE that is Motherboard Considered basic among all its Z690 series, though contains three M.2 interfaces, a generous amount of PCI-Express For expansion cards, a monstrous voltage stabilization system for the CPU cradle that includes 18 smart stages with current and temperature control (16 of them for processing cores, 2 for different controllers).
Thus, even simple motherboards in this chipset are considered quite advanced, similar to the High End Desktop boards we knew in the past (based X299 for example). We are expected in the future to see cheaper and simpler motherboards for the LGA1700 chassis, and they will probably come with processors Alder lake Cheaper accordingly.
How to choose a board Z690 Right
First and foremost, the importance of the main processor is paramount to most common use purposes today and for maximum attention it should go. Once you have decided that you are interested in a 12th generation processor Intel, The motherboard options should be examined and accordingly also filtered.
- Do we want memory DDR4 Or DDR5? Do we have a memory DDR4 Which will be worth moving to a new board depending on the performance results of Alder lake With DDR4?
- Do we need a certain amount of USB port? Maybe display interfaces are built-in for use in the graphics core built into the processor?
- Some means storage We plan to connect to the motherboard using SATA and M.2?
- Are overclocking interesting to us? If so, to what level? What buttons and overclocking options do we need? It is worth considering that even the simplest in the Z690 tablets will be suitable for maximum CPU overclocking under Cooling Air or kit Cooling water
- What a configuration Motherboard Important to us? Do we have a compact chassis that limits motherboard selection to standards like MATX or MITX?
Undoubtedly, the vast majority of users will find that after filtering options, the lower third of Z690-based motherboard models will suit them, and if there were simpler motherboards, they would probably also be simple as a result of the engineering and advanced components that even the simplest Z690s have. Still, their cost is not cheap compared to standard motherboards we knew in the bracket LGA1200 So far. We recommend as always to look at the various motherboard catalogs and make sure all the necessary interfaces are there.
It is important to note the array of M.2 interfaces for the volumes in the various motherboards. There will be Z690 boards in which all M.2 interfaces will operate in the PCI-Express 4.0 X4 standard. Admittedly, some motherboards may offer interfaces that will run on the older 3.0 standard and therefore will not be optimal for drives NVMe 4.0 support owners who can gain performance in the newer interface. Processors Alder lake Offer natural support for one standard 4.0 interface (the interface attached to the processor from below) and the rest will come from the chipset. B-Z690 UD you see above all interfaces run in standard 4.0, although there are boards where you will find one interface less expansion cards whose bandwidth is used for the fourth M.2 interface. For the most part, this interface will have a 3.0 standard.
There is another effect that speaks to a particular audience (although contrary to practical logic) and has meaning in the space of computer users is aesthetics. We know that there is an audience of users who are looking for a particular look for the computer and motherboard, so an additional financial investment may be made just to get a motherboard that looks good for them. Whether it's my body Cooling Designed or bulbs RGB.
As mentioned, we anticipate that during the year 2022 will present Intel Chipset sets are simpler and with them will come cheap motherboards as well. These will probably come with cheaper processors, and that's the way to go Intel Make my processors accessible Alder lake With the general public and not just with the ambitious cut with which it opens the product line.