Asus is prepping not less than 5 motherboards based mostly on Intel’s range-topping Z790 chipset that can help DDR4 reminiscence. As well as, the motherboards will help Intel’s flagship thirteenth Technology Core ‘Raptor Lake’ processors and customers will be capable of hold their current high-performance reminiscence modules.
Asus plans to launch two TUF Gaming (TUF Gaming Z790-Plus D4 and TUF Gaming Z790-Plus WiFi D4) in addition to three Prime-series (Prime Z790-P D4, Prime Z790M-Plus D4, and Prime Z790-P WiFi D4) motherboards powered by Intel’s Z790 chipset that can help DDR4 reminiscence, based mostly on an EAC submitting found by @momomo_us. After all, filings with EAC don’t at all times assure that one product will likely be launched, however three out of 5 motherboards are on the listing of South Korea’s RRA regulator (1, 2, 3), so Asus is certainly prepping DDR4-supporting Intel Z790 platforms.
At affordable costs, Asustek’s TUF Gaming motherboards cater to demanding avid gamers who need efficiency, reliability, and overclockability. Whereas TUF Gaming mainboards sit beneath the corporate’s ROG platforms within the firm’s hierarchy, these are nonetheless comparatively superior motherboards with premium options.
The Asus Prime household sits beneath TUF Gaming however nonetheless gives premium options, enhanced voltage regulating modules (VRMs) to allow overclocking, and varied tuning capabilities. So it’s a pure match for the Prime Z790 household to incorporate superior LGA1700 motherboards that help DDR4 reminiscence sticks.
Prefer it or not, DDR4 reminiscence’s days are numbered, so Intel prefers to speak about DDR5 SDRAM regardless that its present 600-series and upcoming 700-series platforms help DDR4 and DDR5. However motherboard makers have a tendency to supply what their clients need, and lots of wish to proceed utilizing good-old DDR4 for some time, which is why each Asus and MSI will present Z790-based platforms with DDR4.
DDR4 reminiscence has been round for seven years, and producers of high-end reminiscence modules have offered a boatload of enthusiast-grade DDR4 modules with information switch charges in DDR5’s territory (but with decrease latencies and higher efficiency). Throwing these modules away (or promoting them at a discount value) doesn’t make sense, so preserving them for a few years is undoubtedly affordable.
The largest query about midrange Z790 motherboards for Intel’s Raptor Lake processors is whether or not they may adequately help the rumored 350W mode enabling final turbo frequencies and subsequently requiring a complicated voltage regulating module to ship immaculate energy to the CPU. TUF Gaming and Prime are nonetheless premium motherboards, however they’re not so good as the Asus ROG household. It will likely be thrilling to see how totally different Intel Z790 platforms carry out.