MSI launches next-gen Intel Z790 motherboard on September 27

MSI teases the launch of its next-generation Intel Z790 chipset-powered motherboard 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU later this month.

MSI Z790 Motherboard for Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs to Be Launched Later This Month

msi is tweeted About our next virtual product launch event “The Next Playground – Reframed” which will take place on September 27th at 9:20am (Pacific Daylight Time). This means that we are almost 10 days away from the launch of the upcoming products. The teaser image shows four upcoming motherboards that will be part of the Z790 family and support Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs.

Motherboards include MSI MAG, MPG and MEG series products such as the MEG Z790 ACE, MPG Z790 Carbon WiFi, MPG Z790 EDGE WiFi Force, and the MAG Z790 Tomahawk. MSI teased its next-gen MPG Z790 Carbon WiFi just a few weeks ago, which we’ve covered here. The silhouette of this motherboard reveals some interesting new design options. Of course, the MSI Z790 motherboard will continue to offer brand new features on the Z690 lineup.

Intel 13th Gen ‘Raptor Lake’ CPU LGA 1700 Platform

Intel is sticking with its LGA 1700 platform for at least one more CPU lineup and that’s the Raptor Lake. Chipzilla confirmed that the Raptor Lake CPUs will be compatible with existing LGA 1700 boards based on the 600-series chipset. But like each generation, motherboard manufacturers will offer Brand new lineup of motherboards based on 700-series chipsets Which will come with higher I/O lanes. In addition, the Raptor Lake chips will support DDR5-5600 speeds which is a nice bump up on the native DDR5-5200 speeds that Elder Lake supports.

The Z790 chipset will offer 20 PCIe Gen 4 and 8 PCIe Gen 3 lanes while the CPU will have 16 PCIe Gen 5 and 4 PCIe Gen 4 lanes. We know that the motherboard manufacturer will have some products that will split the x16 discrete graphics card lanes with an x4 PCIe Gen 5 M.2 slot. Intel will not have native PCIe Gen 5 M.2 support until the 14th Generation Meteor Lake chips.

This provides a good upgrade path for users who are currently running a mainstream Core i3 or Core i5 CPU and want to upgrade to a higher-end chip. They can replace their existing 12th generation CPU with a higher-end Core i7 or Core i9 SKU which will enhance the overall performance of their PC.

Intel Desktop Platform Chipset Comparison

Chipset Name Raptor Lake-S (RPL-S) PCH/700 Series (Z790) Elder Lake-S (ADL-S) PCH/600 Series (Z690) Rocket Lake-S (RKL-S) PCH/500 Series (Z590) Comet Lake-S (CML-S) PCH/400 Series (Z490) Coffee Lake S (CNL-H) PCH/300 Series (Z390/H370, B360, Q370, H310) Coffee Lake S (KBL-R) PCH/Z370 Platform
process node 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm 22nm
Processor 24,16C,12C,10C,6C,4C (TBD) 16C,12C,10C,6C,4C (Full Corporate/Consumer SKU Stack at launch) 8C, 6C (Full Corporate/Consumer SKU Stack at launch) 10C, 8C, 6C, 4C, 2C (Full Corporate/Consumer SKU Stack at launch) 8C, 6C, 4C, 2C (Full Corporate/Consumer SKU Stack at launch) 8C, 6C, 4C (6 consumer SKUs at launch)
Commemoration Up to DDR5-5600 (Basic)
Up to DDR4-3200 (native)?
Up to DDR5-4800 (Basic)
Up to DDR4-3200 (Native)
Up to DDR4-3200 (Native) Up to DDR4-2933 (Native) Up to DDR4-2666 (Native) Up to DDR4-2666 (Native)
Media, performance and audio EDP ​​/ 4DDI (DP, HDMI) Display Capabilities EDP ​​/ 4DDI (DP, HDMI) Display Capabilities DP 1.2 and HDMI 2.0, HBR3
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0aw/LSPCON)
12-bit AV1/HEVC and VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated dual-core audio DSP with USB audio offload
soundwire digital audio interface
DP 1.2 and HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0aw/LSPCON)
HEVC and VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated dual-core audio DSP
soundwire digital audio interface
DP 1.2 and HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0aw/LSPCON)
HEVC and VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated dual-core audio DSP
soundwire digital audio interface
DP 1.2 and HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0aw/LSPCON)
HEVC and VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated dual-core audio DSP
I/O and Connectivity Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G)
gig+. Integrated with Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi 6e/ 7 BT CNVO)
Integrated SDXC 4.0 Controller
thunderbolt 4.0
Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G)
gig+. Integrated with Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi 6e/ 7 BT CNVO)
Integrated SDXC 4.0 Controller
thunderbolt 4.0
Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi 6e/BT CNVI)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 4.0 (Maple Ridge)
Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi / BT CNVI)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Titan Ridge) w/ DP 1.4
Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi / BT CNVI)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Titan Ridge) w/ DP 1.4
Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
storage Next-Gen Intel Optane Memory
PCIe 5.0 (CPU lane), 6x SATA 3.0
Next-Gen Intel Optane Memory
PCIE 5.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next-Gen Intel Optane Memory
PCI 4.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next-Gen Intel Optane Memory
PCI 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next Generation Intel Optane Memory
PCI 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next Generation Intel Optane Memory
PCI 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Max PCH PCI Lane Up to 20 (Gen 4)
Up to 8 (Gen 3)
Up to 12 (Gen 4)
up to 16 (gen 3)
up to 24 (gen 3) up to 24 (gen 3) up to 24 (gen 3) up to 24 (gen 3)
Max CPU PCIe Len TBD up to 16 (gen 5)
Up to 4 (Gen 4)
Up to 20 (Gen 4) up to 16 (gen 3) up to 16 (gen 3) up to 16 (gen 3)
max usb port Up to 5 (USB 3.2 Gen 2×2)
Up to 10 (USB 3.2 Gen 2×1)
Up to 10 (USB 3.2 Gen 1×1)
up to 14 (USB 2.0)
Up to 4 (USB 3.2 Gen 2×2)
Up to 10 (USB 3.2 Gen 2×1)
Up to 10 (USB 3.2 Gen 1×1)
up to 14 (USB 2.0)
Up to 3 (USB 3.2 Gen 2×2)
Up to 10 (USB 3.2 Gen 2×1)
Up to 10 (USB 3.2 Gen 1×1)
up to 14 (USB 2.0)
Up to 10 (USB 3.2)
up to 14 (USB 2.0)
up to 10 (USB 3.1)
up to 14 (USB 2.0)
Up to 10 (USB 3.0)
up to 14 (USB 2.0)
Security n/a n/a n/a Intel SGX 1.0 Intel SGX 1.0 Intel SGX 1.0
energy management C10 and S0ix support for modern standby C10 and S0ix support for modern standby C10 and S0ix support for modern standby Support for C10 and S0ix Modern Standby Support for C10 and S0ix Modern Standby C8 support
launch 2022 2021 2021 2019 2018 2017

Intel 13th Generation Raptor Lake Desktop CPU Expected Features:

  • up to 24 Cr and 32 threads
  • Brand New Raptor Cove CPU Core (Higher P-Core IPC)
  • Based on 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ process node
  • Clock speed up to 6.0 GHz (expected)
  • Double the E-Core on some variants
  • Increased Cache for both P-Core and E-Core
  • Supported on existing LGA 1700 motherboards
  • New Z790, H770, and B760 Motherboards
  • Up to 28 PCIe lanes (PCH Gen 4 + Gen 3)
  • Up to 28 PCIe lanes (CPU Gen 5 x16 + Gen 4 x12)
  • Dual-channel DDR5-5600 memory support
  • 20 PCIe Gen 5 Lane
  • Enhanced Overclocking Features
  • 125W PL1 TDP (Flagship SKU)
  • AI PCIE M.2 Technology
  • Q4 2022 launch (possibly October)

Intel is expected to unveil its 13th-Generation Raptor Lake CPUs and 700-series platform including the Z790 motherboard on September 27th, so stay tuned for more details.

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