Intel has unveiled the brand new Z690 chipset to go alongside its new 12th generation Alder Lake CPU lineup. The new 14nm chipset launches in November, and will become the mainstay for Intel motherboards moving forward.
The Z690 chipset brings support for a number of new Intel features like the hybrid performance architecture: Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores). This architecture will enable better gaming and content creation simultaneously for blue brand users.
Wi-Fi 6E support comes integrated into the chipset, allowing for Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds utilizing Wi-Fi 6E AX200 and AX201 solutions. Those who prefer a hardwired networking solution have Intel’s integrated 10/100/1000 MAC LAN support.
Intel Z690 Chipset brings faster data speeds
USB support includes USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 for data rates up to 20 Gb/s, while the USB 3.2 2X1 support provides speeds up to 10 GB/s. The lower speed USB 3.2 1×1 brings 5 GB/s and the USB 2.0 ports offer up to 480 Mb/s. Each USB port can be enabled and disabled individually for user protection.
In terms of PCI Express (PCIe), Z690 motherboards will offer up to 8 GT/s with its PCIe 3.0 interface. Its PCIe 4.0 interface provides speeds up to 16 GT/s on a max of 12 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Various motherboard designs will allow x1, x2, and x4 configurations. For those utilizing SATA ports, you have up to 6 Gb/s transfer rates. What’s more is that, like with the USB ports, each individual SARA port can be enabled or disabled as needed.
With Intel’s Platform Trust Technology on the chipset, the company is providing “enhanced security by verifying the boot portion of the boot sequence.” Intel states that this will help protect users from viruses and any side-channel attacks.
Motherboards utilizing the Intel Z690 Chipset are expected to start arriving in November to go along with the release of the new CPUs. Each manufacturer will utilize their own way to take advantage of the features. So, be prepared to do your research to make sure you get exactly what you need when you upgrade. All motherboards with the chipset, however, will have the LGA 1700 socket as Intel uses it moving forward for its processors.