HWiNFO has added pre-support for ASUS ‘next-generation Z690 & ROG Maximus XIV motherboards, based on the LGA 1700 socket, which will support Intel’s Alder Lake processors. ASUS has not yet announced its set of chipsets based on the Z690, but it is expected to be introduced in the second half of 2021.
ASUS Z690 & ROG Maximus XIV LGA 1700 Socket Motherboards for Intel Alder Lake processors Get pre-support at HWiNFO
Support for ASUS Z690 & ROG Maximus XIV motherboards was added just weeks after the company added support for Intel’s 13th generation Raptor Lake-S desktop processors. We know that both Intel Alder Lake-S (12th generation) and Raptor Lake-S (13th generation) desktop processors will be compatible with LGA 1700 motherboards. The Intel Alder Lake-S chips will initially be supported by the family 600-series chipsets, while 700-series PCH refresh is expected for the Raptor Lake processor.
The following is the change log from the latest version of HWiNFO:
- Improved touch monitoring of ASRock Z590 OC Formula and Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX.
- Fixed inadvertent wakeup of some NVIDIA dGPUs disabled by Optimus technology.
- Added PCI Express Resizable BAR capability and status reporting for all devices.
- Improved sensor monitoring of MSI Z590 PLUS, MEG Z590 UNIFY and B560M PRO WIFI.
- Improved monitoring of AMD Navi14.
- Restored monitoring of AMD Navi21 with Radeon Adrenalin 21.3.1.
- Fixed Vcore and VDIMM monitoring of ASUS PRIME Z590-A and STRIX Z590 series.
- Added ability to shrink groups of sensors.
- Combine some sensor values into nodes (collapsed by default) to reduce the amount of information on the screen.
- Improved GUI responsiveness in some situations.
- Improved sensor monitoring of EVGA Z590 FTW and Z590 DARK.
- Improved Intel Rocket Lake support.
- Fixed Core Performance Order reporting for AMD Raven, Renoir and Cezanne.
- Updated for proper maintenance of AGESA 18.104.22.168 Patch A.
- Improved detection of AMD ThreadRipper PRO and the next generation ThreadRipper.
- Improved Intel Integrated GPU clock reporting.
- Improved monitoring of the ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII EXTREME sensor.
- Added monitoring of the global frequency limit of AMD Zen2 / 3 processors.
- Added DRAM read / write bandwidth monitoring on AMD Zen2 / 3 processors.
The CPU-Z also added support for Intel Alder Lake & Z690 motherboards last month, so it appears that these platforms began to appear more frequently in online databases, allowing hardware and diagnostic tool manufacturers to add initial support for them. The ASUS ROG Maximus XIV and Z690 boards will target the high-end segment and will also support next-generation DDR5 memory. Below we have listed the full details of the Z690 platform:
Intel Alder Lake Desktop Processor Platform – 600 Series Chipset, Including Flagship Z690
As for the desktop platform, the Intel Alder Lake Desktop desktop processors will have support for the brand new 600 Series platform, which will include Z690 motherboards. The motherboard will carry the LGA 1700 socket, which is designed around Alder Lake and future generation processors. It also seems that only the leading Z690 motherboards will be able to support DDR5 memory with natural speeds up to 4800 MHz, while the cheaper motherboards based on basic and budget chipsets (H670, B650, H610) will retain DDR4-based support. 3200.
In addition, Intel Alder Lake processors will feature 16 PCIe Gen 5.0 and 4 PCIe Gen 4.0 tapes. The chipset will offer Gen 4 and Gen 3 tapes, although the exact number of tapes is currently unknown. As for the other features for 600 Series chipsets, you can see them below:
- eDP / 4DDI (DP, HDMI) display capabilities
- 2-channel (up to DDR5-4800 / up to DDR4-3200) memory support
- x16 PCIe 5.0 / x4 PCIe 4.0 tape (CPU)
- Support for PCIe Express 4.0 and PCIe Express 3.0 (600 series chipset)
- SATA 3.0
- Integrated WiFi 6E
- Discrete Thunderbolt 4 (USB 4 compatible)
- USB3 (20G) / USB3 (10G) / USB3 (5G) / USB 2.0
- Intel LAN PHY
- Intel Optane Memory H20 (successor to H10)
The chip package size is 45.0 x 37.5 mm, while the existing LGA 1200 package is 37.5 x 37.5 mm. We also know that Intel Alder Lake processors will be available with a maximum core configuration of 16 cores and 24 threads (8 cores / 16 threads based on Golden Cove and 8 cores / 8 threads based on Gracemont). Expect more information from Intel in the upcoming events, which are scheduled for March 23.
Comparison of Intel Desktop Processor Generations:
|Intel CPU family||Processor Process||Processor cores (max.)||TDP||Chipset platform||Platform||Memory support||PCIe support||Starting|
|Sand bridge (2nd generation)||32nm||4/8||35-95W||6-series||LGA 1155||DDR3||PCIe Gen 2.0||2011|
|Ivy Bridge (3rd generation)||22 nm||4/8||35-77W||7-series||LGA 1155||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2012|
|Haswell (4th generation)||22 nm||4/8||35-84W||8-series||LGA 1150||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2013-2014|
|Broadwell (5th generation)||14 nm||4/8||65-65W||9-series||LGA 1150||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2015|
|Skylake (6th generation)||14 nm||4/8||35-91W||100-series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2015|
|Lake Kabi (7th generation)||14 nm||4/8||35-91W||200-series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2017|
|Coffee lake (8th generation)||14 nm||6/12||35-95W||300-series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2017|
|Cafe Lake (9th generation)||14 nm||8/16||35-95W||300-series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2018|
|Lake Comet (10th generation)||14 nm||10/20||35-125W||400-series||LGA 1200||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2020|
|Rocket Lake (11th generation)||14 nm||8/16||TBA||500-series||LGA 1200||DDR4||PCIe Gen 4.0||2021|
|Elsovo Lake (12th generation)||10nm (ESF)||16/24?||TBA||600 series?||LGA 1700||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2021|
|Raptor Lake (13th generation)||10nm (ESF)||16/24?||TBA||700-series?||LGA 1700||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2022|
|Meteor Lake (14th generation)||7nm (EUV)||TBA||TBA||800 series?||LGA 1700||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2023|
|Moon Lake (15th generation)||TBA||TBA||TBA||900 series?||TBA||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2023+|
News sources: Videocardz, Komachi