At the moment, this news should be considered as a rumor because Intel’s own product notification website does not show any changes for these products. However, according to MyDrivers, who cite their sources, Intel has reportedly notified motherboard makers that they will be replacing Z690 and B660 chipsets with next-generation chips, some of which have recently been released.
It has been a year since Intel launched the previous 600 series chipset. The Z690 was released in October 2021 and the B660 was released in January of last year. Along with the release of the 13th Gen Core non-K series, Intel also introduced its new mid-range B760 chipset.
The dissimilarities between the 600 and 700 series primarily center on PCIe lanes and USB support, which are mainly cosmetic. Intel’s new Z790 chipset has augmented the count of available Gen4 lanes to 20, which has resulted in a decline of Gen3 lanes from 16 to 8. However, this alteration will not have a significant impact on most users.
It is important to mention that Intel is not currently planning to discontinue its H610 entry-level chipset. This is mainly due to the fact that there hasn’t been a compelling reason to do so, especially with no competition from AMD, who have been slow to release their A620 AM5 chipset.