Although Intel has not officially released the 12th-generation Core series processors, the dealers seem to be a little bit unable to sit still. Newegg in Canada put the MSI Z690-A PRO motherboard on the page (currently deleted), showing that the price is 279.99 Canadian dollars (approximately $227), compared to the store’s current PRO Z590-A motherboard, it’s 40 Canadian dollars more expensive.
MSI Z690-A PRO motherboard is equipped with DDR4 memory, which is an entry-level product in its Z690 motherboard product line. The design is relatively simple, without RGB lighting effects, OLED or LCD screens, and a wide variety of interfaces, but it is still equipped with three PCIe x16 slots and four M.2 slots. Compared with the previous Z590 motherboard, the price has increased. It is understood that the early entry-level MSI Z590 motherboard from Newegg in Canada is priced at about $190. In terms of the starting price, the Z690 motherboard is more expensive.
There have been many leaks about the Z690 motherboard on the Internet. The largest one is to list almost all Z690 motherboards of major motherboard manufacturers, including manufacturers such as Asus and MSI
, involving nearly 100 Z690 motherboards, covering from entry-level to flagship-level, equipped with DDR4 or DDR5 memory.
The Z690 chipset, launched with Intel’s Alder Lake-S processor, will not only support the new LGA 1700 socket but will also provide 28 PCIe channels, including 12 PCIe Gen4 channels and 16 PCIe Gen3 channels. The DMI bus is also powered by the Z590 chip. The group’s DMI 3.0 x8 is upgraded to DMI 4.0 x8. The technology upgrade makes the Z690 chipset larger than the Z590 chipset. The previously leaked photos show that the chip is rectangular. In addition to the Z690 motherboard, many memory manufacturers are also eager to start pre-sale/sale of DDR5 memory.