Recently, an image of an Intel Z690 chipset was leaked by a member of the Chiphell forums. The Z690 will be the foundation for the next generation of Intel motherboards. It is significantly larger than the current Z590 chipset, but how that will affect its performance remains to be seen. Launch for these next-generation products are expected around November 19th, but that is not set in stone.
Here is what we currently do know about this latest chipset. The Z690 will use 8 lanes of Direct Media Interface (DMI) 4.0 to communicate directly with the CPU. Up to 6 SATA 6 GB ports and 40 USB devices (ranging from USB 2.0 through USB 3.2 Gen 2×2) can be used simultaneously. A single x16 PCIe 5.0 or 2×8 PCIe 5.0 will be directly connected to the CPU while up to 12 lanes of PCIe 4.0 and 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0 will be routed through the chipset. Below is a complete details chart as we know it today.
Stay tuned as we will report additional information as it becomes available.