GIGABYTE is another of the big manufacturers that is going to market the new motherboards for Intel Comet Lake-S processors. Compared to what we saw a few days ago from ASUS and MSI, the company ensures support for PCIe 4.0, an interface that supports AMD, but not Intel.

And how do these GIGABYTE Z490s do it if Intel doesn’t support it? Simply the Taiwanese firm is ahead of the future. Comet Lake processors will not be able to take advantage of the new port standard (they will work in PCIe 3.0), but yes the next generation of Intel desktop processors, the Rocket Lake-S series.

For this, the company has adopted the necessary physical and electrical design, to enable two PCIE 4.0 x16 or x8 / x8 slots for GPUs; M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots for storage; external clock for overclocking over PCIe 4.0; switches for PCIe 4.0 x16 on PCIe x8 / x8 and drivers.

For the rest, the GIGABYTE Z490 will arrive in good numbers with up to 14 different models headed by the AORUS «Extreme», with power designs that include 90 A power stages; tantalum capacitors; set of nanocarbon fins and advanced thermal protectors. We see seven other models from the AORUS series («Master», «Ultra», «Pro» and «Elite»), and other Vision, Ultradurable and Gaming series models, with different performance levels.

As the rest of the motherboards for the new Intel desktop processors use the LGA 1200 socket and Z490 chipset. They will include four dual channel DDR4 DIMM memory slots, USB 3.2 ports, multiple M.2s for solid state drives, Intel 2.5G Ethernet LAN, native support for Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Optane. Versions with wireless connectivity will support the new version of the Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 standard.

We will see if the pull of PCIe 4.0 is enough to convince users of a purchase now that it demands a large outlay on the motherboard, processor and cooling system.


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