In just a few days, on September 27th, Intel will announce the 13th Gen Core (Raptor Lake) desktop processors. Along with them, motherboards based on the new Intel 700 series chipsets will debut. Photos of upcoming motherboards based on the older Intel Z790 chipset from ASUS, MSI and ASRock have been shared by the VideoCardz portal.
Just note that here are just pictures of some, but by no means all, Intel Z790 based motherboards. In particular, only a few models with support for old DDR4 memory (from MSI and ASUS) are not shown here, and there is not a single model in the Micro-ATX form factor either. But then there’s Mini-ITX. The full characteristics of the boards shown are still unknown, but the main features can be examined in appearance.
The Intel Z790 chipset is reported to support up to eight PCIe 3.0 lanes and up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes. In addition, the CPU will provide 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes and four additional PCIe 4.0 lanes. According to previous leaks, motherboards based on 700-series chipsets will support more (up to 5) USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gb/s) ports than their predecessors on 600-series chipsets.
As for memory, the new 13th Gen Intel Core processors support modules with speeds up to DDR4-3200 and DDR5-5600 without overclocking. Of course, motherboards based on the flagship chipset support RAM overclocking, including using XMP 3.0 profiles. In some cases it will be possible to work in DDR5-7000 mode and even higher.