Intel Z490 motherboards have been put up for sale by several retailers. And they are mandatory for users who want to use the new Comet Lake-S processors, since these are not compatible with previous platforms when releasing the new LGA-1200 socket. Remember that the Z490 chipset is the most advanced on the platform and this is reflected in the price of the plates. Other chipsets should allow manufacturers to offer cheaper models.

Intel Z490 motherboards, prices

Reviewing the catalog of the American retailer Newegg, the listed models have a price that on average increases between 20-25% about what the current Z390s had at launch. As an example:

Newegg’s cheapest Intel Z490 motherboard is priced at $ 149.
Mid-range models like the MSI Tomahawk are priced between $ 180-190.
The next segment starts above $ 200 and this group includes models like Gigabyte AORUS Elite, MSI MPG Gaming Edge and ASRock Extreme4.
The next level is priced between 230-250 and includes models like the ASUS Prime-A, the cheaper ASUS ROG Strix-H and the ASRock Phantom Gaming Velocita.
A level higher, between $ 270-290, we find the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon, Gigabyte AORUS Pro or the ASUS ROG Strix-F.
Already in the high range and with prices ranging from $ 290 to $ 350, we see the ASUS ROG Strix-E or the Gigabyte Vision-D.
It will take about $ 400 to buy models like the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero, the Gigabyte AORUS Master or the MSI MPG ACE.
At the top of the platform and as special versions, we find models at an already unattainable price for a consumer platform and we see the ASRock AQUA for $ 1,099 and the GIGABYTE AORUS Xtreme Waterforce for 1,299.

There will be models of Intel Z490 motherboards for all tastes and budgets as we saw from the offer of the big three, ASUS, MSI and GIGABYTE, but the reality is that they mount a desktop PC with the new Intel processors it won’t be cheap. In addition to the motherboard and the processor (which are not cheap either although they are adjusted downwards if we value the number of cores) you have to add the fan / cooling system, which also cannot be any if you want to reach those frequencies above of the 5 GHz.

Another topic and not less. Users are getting tired of chip makers (most notably Intel) not guaranteeing more intergenerational compatibility and practically having to be swapped out of motherboard every time a new processor release occurs. Most of the time for commercial reasons without technical reasons justifying it.

Everything indicates that on the Alder Lake Intel platform will guarantee greater longevity. We will see. The giant of the chip will have to bring order to its platform, once the problem that the change to the 10nm manufacturing processes is supplying is overcome.


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