Intel's next-gen Z690 chipset pictured in the flesh, hello Alder Lake

Intel's next-gen Alder Lake chipset teased, the new Z690 silicon that supports next-gen DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0 technology.

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Intel is leading into its launch of its next-gen 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPUs next month, and while we've had tease after tease now we have our first picture of the Z690 chipset.

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VideoCardz says that there are "thousands of Z690 motherboards" that have already been made, and that we have already seen some of those on the "black market". The motherboards themselves have been detailed on Chiphell, with our first look at Intel's new Z690 chipset -- the flagship 600 series chipset for the Alder Lake CPUs.

Intel's new Z690 chipset is expected to pack 36 PCie lanes, with 16 x PCIe 5.0 lanes and 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes -- ready for any combination of the very latest PCIe 5.0-based graphics cards and storage solutions. Intel's new Alder Lake architecture will already have an array of benefits, but PCIe 5.0 will usher in up to 15GB/sec from next-gen storage devices, and so much more that will truly make it one of the most "future-proof" setups you can buy.

The new Intel Z690 chipset looks bigger than the Z590 chipset, but there is also much more going on under the hood. The new 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPUs are expected to launch with 600-series motherboards and the new 12th Gen Core CPUs on November 19.

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You can expect big upgrades when combing the new Intel Alder Lake CPUs with Microsoft's upcoming next-gen Windows 11 operating system.

The new LGA1700 socket CPUs will have Direct Media Interface 4.0 with 8 lanes (an upgrade from PCIe 3.0 to 4.0) and up to 6 x SATA devices simultaneously, and up to 40 x USB devices through 4 different standards. The new 600-series chipset is going to be a helluva upgrade.

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