PC inquisitor has shared the latest pictures of the Alder Lak processor along with the Z690’s diagram.
The picture shows the bottom section of the Alder Lake processor. Intel was forced to create a rectangular design for Alder Lake since the LGA1700 socket will require more pads.
The inquisitor also has some technical information on the next-gen GPUs. The Z690 diagram is the first leaked document to mention 12th Gen Core CPUs.
The diagram confirms that 1×16 or 2×8 lanes of PCIe Gen5 will be directly attached to the CPU. However, the chipset will support up to 12x PCIe Gen4 lanes and up to 16x PCIe Gen3 lanes. It’s a major upgrade over Rocket Lake, which introduced PCIe Gen4 support; it had been exclusive to AMD Ryzen CPUs for a year. This PCI Express configuration suggests that Alder lake processors will offer support for up to four PCIe Gen4 NVMe drives and that too without using 16 PCIe Gen5 lanes, which may be used by discrete GPU exclusively.
Alder Lake series will either support DDR5 or DDR4 memory in the dual-channel configuration. The diagram is a confirmation of a slide from Intel Architecture Day, which claimed support for DDR5-4800 and DDR4-3200. The website states that DDR5 memory by default will support Gear 2 Gear 4 settings. This means that the controller will work at 1/2 or 1/4 of the data rate to ensure compatibility and memory overclocking support.
Moreover, DMI (Direct Media Interface) has once again received an upgrade. The 11th gen brought DMI 3.0 with 8 lanes, while the Z690 chipset will be upgraded to PCI Gen4 x8 speed.
It is rumored that the Intel 12th Gen Core series and first Z690 motherboards will launch on 17th November.
Via PC inquisitor