MSI launches next generation Intel Z790 motherboard on September 27

MSI teased the launch of next generation Intel Z790 chipset motherboards for 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs later this month.

MSI Z790 motherboards for 13th generation Intel Raptor Lake CPUs are out for launch later this month

MSI has chirp About the next virtual product launch event “The Next Playground – Reframed” which will take place on September 27 at 9:20 AM (PDT). This means we are about 10 days away from the next product launch. The teaser shows four upcoming motherboards that will be part of the Z790 family and will support Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs.

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

13th Generation Intel “Raptor Lake” Processors LGA 1700

Intel is committed to its LGA 1700 platform for at least one lineup of CPUs, the Lake Raptor. Chipzilla has confirmed that the Raptor Lake CPUs will be compatible with existing LGA 1700 motherboards based on the 600-series chipset. But like every generation, motherboard makers will provide a file New range of motherboards based on the 700 . series chipset Which will come with higher I/O lanes. Additionally, the Raptor Lake chips will support DDR5-5600 speeds which is a nice bump over the original DDR5-5200 speeds supported by Alder Lake.

The Z790 chipset will offer 20 PCIe Gen 4 and 8 PCIe Gen 3 lanes while the CPUs will have 16 PCIe Gen 5 and 4 PCIe Gen 4 lanes. We know that the motherboard maker will have a handful of products that will split the x16 discrete graphics card lanes 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 nice upgrade path for users who are currently running a Core i3 or Core i5 CPU and would like to upgrade to a higher chip. They can simply replace their current 12th generation CPU with a newer Core i7 or Core i9 SKU which will increase the overall performance of their PC.

Intel Desktop Platform chipset comparison

Chipset name Raptor Lake-S Series (RPL-S) PCH/700 (Z790) Alder 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 platform (KBL-R) PCH / Z370
Operation knot 14 nm 14 nm 14 nm 14 nm 14 nm 22nm
Healer 24,16c, 12c, 10c, 6c, 4c (TBD) 16C, 12C, 10C, 6C, 4C (full company/consumer SKU stack at launch) 8C, 6C (full company/consumer SKU stack at launch) 10C, 8C, 6C, 4C, 2C (full company/consumer SKU stack at launch) 8C, 6C, 4C, 2C (full company/consumer SKU stack at launch) 8C, 6C, 4C (6 consumer SKUs at launch)
memory Up to DDR5-5600 (native)
Up to DDR4-3200 (native)?
Up to DDR5-4800 (native)
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, display 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 & VP9 10 Bit Enc / Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated dual-core DSP audio processor with USB audio offload
SoundWire digital audio interface
DP 1.2 and HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0aw / LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Built-in DSP . Dual Core Audio Processor
SoundWire digital audio interface
DP 1.2 and HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0aw / LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Built-in DSP . Dual Core Audio Processor
SoundWire digital audio interface
DP 1.2 and HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0aw / LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Built-in DSP . Dual Core Audio Processor
Input/output and communication Built-in USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G)
Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi6E/7 BT CNVio) Processor with Gig +
Integrated SDXC 4.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 4.0
Built-in USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G)
Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi6E/7 BT CNVio) Processor with Gig +
Integrated SDXC 4.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 4.0
Built-in USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC processor (Wi-Fi6E / BT CNVi)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 4.0 (Maple Ridge)
Built-in USB 3.2 Gen2 port
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 (5 Gbps)
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 (5 Gbps)
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
storage Next Generation Intel Optane Memory
PCIe 5.0 (CPU lanes), 6x SATA 3.0
Next Generation Intel Optane Memory
PCIe 5.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next Generation Intel Optane Memory
PCIe 4.0 and 6 x SATA 3.0 slot
Next Generation Intel Optane Memory
PCIe 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next Generation Intel Optane Memory
PCIe 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next Generation Intel Optane Memory
PCIe 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Max PCH PCIe Lanes up to 20 (generation 4)
Up to 8 (Generation 3)
up to 12 (generation 4)
Up to 16 (Generation 3)
Up to 24 (Generation 3) Up to 24 (Generation 3) Up to 24 (Generation 3) Up to 24 (Generation 3)
Maximum PCIe lanes for a CPU to be announced later on Up to 16 (5th generation)
up to 4 (4th generation)
up to 20 (generation 4) Up to 16 (Generation 3) Up to 16 (Generation 3) Up to 16 (Generation 3)
USB ports max 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)
protection Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable Intel SGX 1.0.0 Update Intel SGX 1.0.0 Update Intel SGX 1.0.0 Update
Energy management C10 and S0ix support modern standby C10 and S0ix support modern standby C10 and S0ix support modern standby C10 and S0ix support modern standby C10 and S0ix support modern standby C8 . support
release 2022 2021 2021 2019 2018 2017

Expected Features of 13th Generation Intel Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs:

  • Up to 24 cores and 32 threads
  • Brand New Raptor Cove CPU Cores (Top P-Core IPC)
  • Based on 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ processing node
  • Clock speeds up to 6.0 GHz (expected)
  • Doubling electronic nuclei on some variables
  • Increased cache for both P-Cores and E-Cores
  • Supported on current LGA 1700 motherboards
  • New Z790, H770 and B760 motherboards
  • Up to 28 PCIe slots (PCH Gen 4 + Gen 3)
  • Up to 28 PCIe slots (Gen 5 x16 + Gen 4 x12 CPU)
  • Dual channel DDR5-5600 memory support
  • 20 PCIe Gen 5 Lanes
  • Enhanced overclocking features
  • 125W PL1 TDP (Master SKUs)
  • AI PCIe M.2
  • Launching Q4 2022 (October Possible)

Intel is expected to introduce its 13th generation Raptor Lake CPUs and 700 series platform including Z790 motherboards on September 27, so stay tuned for more information.