Alder Lake-S is the code name that identifies the next generation of desktop processors Intel, the first built with production node at 10nm and a new hybrid architecture in the big.LITTLE style. Intel Alder Lake-S has been talked about on several occasions and there are many technical data leaked in recent months; we know that Intel intends to present these solutions by 2021, most likely in late summer (we talked about it HERE).
The latest confirmations on the imminent arrival of Alder Lake-S come from the well-known monitoring utility HWiNFO which, in the next version, will introduce the preliminary support for the Intel Z690 chipset and for series motherboards ASUS FAT Maximus XIV. This practice usually coincides with the distribution of the first batches of the products indicated and, consequently, of the first processors that will support them.
As for ASUS Maximus XIV motherboards, apart from the innovations introduced by the Intel Z690 chipset, we expect features in line with those of the current Maximus XIII series, definitely valid for those looking for a no-compromise solution (see the ASUS Maximus XIII Hero tested in the our Intel Core i5-11600K review).
Also according to what is reported by the HWiNFO website, the next version of the program will also be able to monitor the Gear 1 and Gear 2 RAM modes introduced by Intel on the Rocket Lake-S platform, definitely useful for the less experienced who want to verify the correct memory controller frequency setting.