According to the leaker @Komachi_Ensaka, the well-known monitoring software HWiNFO added support to “some ASUS Z690 and Maximus XIV“. Interestingly, the mention of the Z690 has been removed since Ensaka posted his message.
As Intel has confirmed that it is developing a desktop platform based on Alder Lake, it’s not exactly a secret that its partners are already working on their own proposals. ASUS, apparently, it seems to be the first company to confirm these works, albeit in an unofficial way. At the moment, we don’t know much about the future chipset Intel Z690. It will definitely be designed for the Intel Alder Lake-S platform, which means it will support the DDR5 memory elPCI Express 5.0 interface. We also know that the platform (not specifically the CPU or chipset) will also support Thunderbolt 4.
Intel Alder Lake-S is expected to debut in the market during the second half of this year, which technically starts in July. Given that ASUS is in its early stages of testing, it is highly likely that the launch of products capable of supporting the new generation of Intel processors is expected by the end of the year.
Recall that Alder Lake-S will go down in Intel’s history as the first hybrid x86 desktop processor that pairs “Big” Golden Cove and “Small” Gracemont cores. In addition, it will be the first desktop CPU from the Santa Clara company to take advantage of the new 10nm manufacturing process. A couple of months ago we reported the news of the sighting of a specimen with an alleged frequency of 3GHz on Geekbench 5. For further information, we recommend that you consult our dedicated article.
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