The launch of a new family of processors is always accompanied by new motherboards, sometimes the changes are radical and require the complete renovation of the computer, in other cases they are improved versions of existing motherboards that maintain compatibility with the previous socket, as is the case with the Intel Z590, but that add support for new key technologies.
A few days before CES begins, at which time Intel will present its new Rocket Lake-S architecture and its associated chipset, we already begin to see information on ASUS and GIGABYTE boards based on it, the Z590.
The Z590 chipset
The new generation of Intel motherboards come with the new Z590 chipset, which is a minor evolution of Z490, as it supports socket processors LGA1200 and therefore not only Intel’s tenth generation CPUs can be installed, but also the eleventh generation about to be launched on the market, which uses the same type of socket.
The main novelty of Z590 chipset is support for PCIe version 4.0, however only the 11th generation processors based on the Intel Rocket Lake-S architecture they will be able to make use of it.
What the new chipset will not support is the future twelfth generation Intel Core, which will use the LGA1700 Socket and therefore will require new motherboards.
ASUS motherboards with Z590 chipset
In total, images of four motherboards have been leaked. which are the following: ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial, ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero, ASUS Prime Z590-A, and ASUS TUF Z590-PLUS WIFI.
The Z590 MAXIMUX XIII EXTREME GLACIAL, is the most advanced of the leaked ASUS motherboards with the Z590 chipset, it is similar to the ASUS Z490 GUNDAM and it is a motherboard with a form factor E-ATX, which comes with a EK integrated monoblock. As for the ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero, this includes dual 8-pin dual EATX12V connectors, which are an improvement over the 8 + 4-pin configuration of its predecessor based on the Z490 chipset.
ASUS is expected to present these new motherboards during CES in the coming days.
GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Xtreme
While in the case of ASUS motherboards we have only known small details and photos of their new range of motherboards, in the case of GIGABYTE we have been able to know more details of their first motherboard with Z590 chipset: GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Xtreme . Which is fed through a connector of 24-pin ATX type and two 8-pin EPS type. This is a motherboard with an impressive 21 phase VRM.
Regarding expansion capabilities, we have 3 x 16-lane PCIe 4.0 slots, two of them provided by the Southbridge integrated into the Intel Rocket Lake-S CPU that we install, while the third is delivered through the Z590 chipset itself. Regarding storage expansion we have 3 slots for M.2 NVMe disks with interface PCIe, but only one of them is PCIe 4.0, which is connected to the PCIe 4.0 interface of the CPU itself, the rest are PCIe 3.0 and the interface is provided by the chipset.
As far as connectivity is concerned, a radio is integrated Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) over 6 GHz, one port Thunderbolt 4, 2 USB 3.2 ports and a LAN port with 10GbE and 2.5GbE support. In addition, GIGABYTE has revamped the onboard sound card as it now uses the Realtek ALC4080 CODEC.
It has also leaked. As you can see above these lines, the prices of three other GIGABYTE motherboards based on Intel’s Z590 chipset, all of which are expected to be presented in the middle of this month of January.