Intel Z790 motherboard will be equipped with PCI-E 5.0 M.2 port

Although Intel’s 13th-generation Core processors will not change pins, the current 600-series motherboards can be also used for Raptor Lake processors when upgrading the BIOS. Some time ago, ASRock launched a new BIOS that supports Raptor Lake for its own 600 series motherboards. Intel will update the existing LGA 1700 platform sometime in the third quarter of this year, and launch the 13th generation Core and Z790 motherboards.

Moore`s Law id Dead revealed some features of the Intel Z790 motherboard in his latest episode. The Z790 motherboard will add a PCI-E 5.0 M.2 SSD interface, but like AMD’s AM5 platform, not all motherboards will provide support. Only high-end products will provide M.2 of PCI-E 5.0, and mainstream products will not support it. E 5.0, while the M.2 interface only provides PCI-E 4.0.

He claimed that Intel will launch the Z790 motherboard at the end of July and early August, which means that the new platform will be released in the third quarter of 2022. Of course, this is likely to be released on paper. The motherboard factory will begin to verify the motherboard’s support for the new processor and start mass production before August. Intel may allow board manufacturers to sell Z790 motherboards before the 13th-generation Core processors go on sale.

The fact that the Z790 motherboard provides a PCI-E 5.0 M.2 slot also indicates that the PCI-E controller in the 13th-generation Core CPU will also be upgraded. It is estimated that the current 16 PCI-E 5.0 plus 4 PCI-E 4.0 will be upgraded to 20 PCI-E 5.0, otherwise the PCI-E 5.0 M.2 on the Z790 motherboard will have to compete with the graphics card for bandwidth.