HWiNFO has added preliminary support to ASUS ‘next-generation Z690 & ROG Maximus XIV motherboard based on the LGA 1700 connector, which supports Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs. ASUS has not yet announced its Z690 chipset-based lineup, but they are expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2021.
ASUS Z690 & ROG Maximus XIV LGA 1700 Motherboard for Intel Alder Lake CPUs Get Interim Support in HWiNFO
Support for the ASUS Z690 & ROG Maximus XIV motherboard is added just weeks after the company added support for Intel’s 13th generation Raptor Lake-S Desktop CPUs. We know that both Intel Alder Lake-S (12th generation) and Raptor Lake-S (13th generation) Desktop CPUs are compatible with LGA 1700 motherboards. Intel Alder Lake S chips are initially supported by the 600 Series chipset family, while a 700 Series PCH update is planned for the Raptor Lake CPU lineup.
The following are change logs from the latest version of HWiNFO:
- Improved sensor monitoring on ASRock Z590 OC Formula and Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX.
- Fixed accidental wake-up by some NVIDIA dGPUs disabled by Optimus technology.
- Added reporting of PCI Express Resizable BAR capacity and status for all devices.
- Improved sensor monitoring on MSI Z590 PLUS, MEG Z590 UNIFY and B560M PRO WIFI.
- Improved monitoring of AMD Navi14.
- Restored monitoring of AMD Navi21 with Radeon Adrenaline 21.3.1.
- Fixed monitoring of Vcore and VDIMM on ASUS PRIME Z590-A and STRIX Z590 series.
- Added ability to hide sensor groups.
- Aggregated some sensor values in nodes (hidden by default) to reduce the amount of information on the screen.
- Improved GUI response in some situations.
- Improved sensor monitoring on EVGA Z590 FTW and Z590 DARK.
- Improved support for Intel Rocket Lake.
- Regular reporting of Core Performance Order on AMD Raven, Renoir and Cezanne.
- Updated for proper support of AGESA 126.96.36.199 Patch A.
- Improved detection of AMD ThreadRipper PRO and next generation ThreadRipper.
- Improved reporting of Intel integrated GPU clock.
- Improved sensor monitoring on ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII EXTREME.
- Added Global Frequency Limit monitoring on AMD Zen2 / 3 CPUs.
- Added DRAM read / write bandwidth monitoring on AMD Zen2 / 3 CPUs.
CPU-Z also added support for Intel Alder Lake & Z690 motherboards last month, so it looks like these platforms are starting to appear more often in online databases, allowing hardware and diagnostic toolmakers to add initial support for them. ASUS ROG Maximus XIV & Z690 cards will target the high-end segment and will also support the next generation of DDR5 memory. We have listed the full details of the Z690 platform below:
Intel Alder Lake Desktop CPU Platform – 600 Series Chipset Including Z690 Flagship
When it comes to the desktop platform, Intel Alder Lake Desktop CPUs will support the all-new 600 Series platform, which includes the Z690 motherboards. The motherboard carries the LGA 1700 connector, which is designed around Alder Lake and future generation of CPUs. It also looks like only the flagship Z690 motherboard will be able to support DDR5 memory with native speeds of up to 4800 MHz, while cheaper motherboards based on mainstream & budget-tiers chipsets (H670, B650, H610) retain DDR4-3200 support.
In addition, Intel Alder Lake CPUs have 16 PCIe Gen 5.0 and 4 PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes. The chipset offers Gen 4 and Gen 3 lanes, although the exact amount of lanes is currently unknown. For the rest of the features of the 600 Series chipset motherboards, you can see them below:
- eDP / 4DDI (DP, HDMI) display functions
- 2-channel (up to DDR5-4800 / up to DDR4-3200) memory support
- x16 PCIe 5.0 / x4 PCIe 4.0 lanes (CPU)
- PCIe Express 4.0 & PCIe Express 3.0 Support (600 Series Chipset)
- SATA 3.0
- Integrated WiFi 6E
- Discreet Thunderbolt 4 (compatible with USB 4)
- USB3 (20G) / USB3 (10G) / USB3 (5G) / USB 2.0
- Intel LAN PHY
- Intel Optane Memory H20 (H10 successor)
The package size for chips 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 CPUs come with a maximum core configuration of 16 cores and 24 threads (8 cores / 16 threads based on Golden Cove & 8 cores / 8 threads based on Gracemont). Expect more information from Intel in the upcoming events scheduled for March 23rd.
Comparison of Intel Desktop CPU Generations:
|Intel CPU family||Processor Process||Processor cores (max.)||TDPs||Platform chipset||Platform||Memory support||PCIe support||Start|
|Sandy Bridge (2nd generation)||32 nm||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|
|Kaby Lake (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|
|Coffee Lake (9th generation)||14 nm||8/16||35-95W||300 series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2018|
|Comet Lake (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|
|Alder Lake (12th generation)||10 nm (ESF)||16/24?||TBA||600 series?||LGA 1700||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2021|
|Raptor Lake (13th generation)||10 nm (ESF)||16/24?||TBA||700 series?||LGA 1700||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2022|
|Meteor Lake (14th generation)||7 nm (EUV)||TBA||TBA||800 series?||LGA 1700||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2023|
|Lunar Lake (15th generation)||TBA||TBA||TBA||900 series?||TBA||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2023+|
News sources: Videocardz, Komachi