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Intel 13th-Gen Z790, H770, B760 Motherboard News

We take a look at the new Raptor Lake motherboards, including DDR4 and DDR5 support, CPU demos and the new DLVR feature

 

Intel 13th-Gen Z790, H770, B760 Motherboards

 

The latter part of 2022 feels like a reward for the last two years of pure hell for PC enthusiasts. With next generation graphics cards, AMD and Intel motherboards, ATX 3.0 PSUs and CPUs all set to drop soon, those wishing to upgrade their PC will be spoilt for choice. The new motherboard offerings from AMD and Intel are the most critical component, as these will pave the way for performance and efficiencies that make all of this new hardware worth buying.

Z790, H770, and B760 motherboard news

In the run up to the eagerly awaited Raptor Lake motherboard release, motherboard giants Biostar managed to one-up competitors in January 2022, and get ahead of other leaks with "official filings" of their Z790 Valkyrie, Z790 Racing GTA, and Z790-A Silver motherboards.

The filing appeared on the Eurasian Economic Commission website, featuring the new boards, which prompted many tech sleuthing blogs to ask Biostar if there were any legitimacy to the listing. However, Biostar contacted Videocardz.com later to confirm "The 790 series are still in the planning stage and the listing is not real".

The source of the information is not without merit, however. The Eurasian Economic Commission is a regulatory body of the Eurasian Economic Union, where manufacturers must submit details of their new products for examination before export into countries like Belarus and Kazakhstan. It has often been the case that "leak" websites trawl regulatory websites and patent directories to spot new products long before they surface, as companies try to get a head start on the administration side of a launch. A few years ago, the cunning geeks over on Reddit found patents relating to AMD's own version of Ray Tracing and online filings pertaining to NVIDIA's new Ray Tracing engine, including fun diagrams around "efficient bounding volume hierarchy tree traversal". If that is your bag, then feel free to browse the patents yourself.

Biostar did confirm something, though - that their new mid-range motherboards will be the B760 range, a next-gen equivalent of the B660 (if you were wondering).

DDR4 & DDR5 support

The Raptor Lake chipsets will be LGA1700 like their Alder Lake predecessors, so DDR4 is an assumed supported platform, along with support for DDR5 like we've seen in the B660 DDR5 and Z690 DDR5 motherboards.

Some are putting a lot of faith in a leaked Intel slide from a presentation in Shenzen, China, which potentially showed the boards having JEDEC DDR5–5600 support. Alder Lake motherboards support 4800 MT/s memory (DDR5-4800), so the next logical step would be to increase performance with JEDEC.

JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) provide the standardized speeds/timings RAM is capable of, and Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) are the customised tweaks you can apply in your UEFI for higher speeds. Ergo, using XMP with JEDEC memory in a next-gen motherboard could see some significant gains, especially if we factor in the below official Raptor Lake processor performance.

What Raptor Lake "double-digit performance" means for the 700-series

In the sneak peak presented by Intel (below), the first performance benchmarks were revealed for Raptor Lake, showing 8 P-Cores and 16 E-Cores (total 32 threads) being spotlighted with heavy workloads. These are expected to be Intel's Golden Cove P-cores and Gracemont E-cores.

 

Raptor Lake double-digit performance

 

Using 3D application, Blender, Jim Johnson demonstrated all 32 threads ramping up to 100% usage to take on a CPU-intensive task, rendering a 3D representation of the Intel logo. It was at this point Jim demonstrated Thread Director capabilities, when minimising the Blender window, Thread Director immediately assumed that a new task was about to be introduced, as Jim switched to a window showing After Effects running.

All 16 Efficient Cores (E-Cores) remained at 100% usage, while the 16 Performance Cores (P-Cores) took on a CPU focused task of removing an object from every frame of a video.

 

Thread Director capablities Raptor Lake

 

This demo did a lot to help us understand the true power of Thread Director in the Raptor Lake series, and how creators, gamers and PC enthusiasts can use it to full effect. For gamers, being able to multi-task between gaming, streaming and communication apps will be a breeze. Similarly, creators will undoubtedly see the benefits of being able to run two concurrent tasks that are heavy on the CPU.

 

 

Alder Lake, of course, paved the way for Thread Director, and Windows 11 made it possible. Intel and Microsoft worked hard together to ensure the AI, task context and scheduling worked in perfect harmony, with the processor and operating system being reliant on each other in a more symbiotic relationship than any technology before them.

What this means for 700-series motherboards

The Raptor Lake processors that will be used with the Z790, H770, and B760 boards are, therefore, hyper-focused on efficiency as well as performance, which gives us some idea of how the chipset architecture will be designed. To enable Thread Director and the P-Core & E-Cores to do their thing, the 700-series motherboards will need extremely high performance VRMs for base clock and turbo boost support, as well as being capable for Raptor Lake overclocking.

DLVR: Digital Linear Voltage Regulator

Raptor Lake’s new feature is called Digital Linear Voltage Regulator, which could lower CPU power by up to 25%. Earlier in 2022, Intel filed their patent for their Raptor Lake series processors, with submissions around a new voltage regulation technology, stating "This proposed power delivery architecture drastically increases the CPU performance at a small extra cost for the silicon".

 

Voltage Regulation Raptor Lake

 

This is incredible news for those interested in buying the new 700-series motherboards, as lower power means longer life for the hardware that powers it. With DLVR technology, the motherboard architecture is not the only factor in power regulation, but will instead augment Intel's innovation.

Will Z690, B660, B610 and H610 motherboards support Raptor Lake?

Motherboard manufacturers were rolling out announcements in July 2022 confirming support for 13th-Gen chipsets in their 600-series motherboards.

 

Gigabyte joined Biostar, ASRock, ASUS, and MSI in these announcements in July, which covers all of the motherboard giants, as well as reassuring consumers who just purchased the most expensive boards out there right now. Yes, if you just dropped over £500 on a Z690 ready for next generation hardware, your money was well spent.

So, for the many customers we've had at CCL asking "Will my new Z690 motherboard support Raptor Lake?" - this should well and truly put their mind set at ease.

Better still, if you are planning on upgrading your motherboard, now would be a perfect time, especially for older series like the excellent value Socket 1200 motherboards and motherboard bundles that have been dropping in price in light of new processors & boards releasing soon. With new series comes discounts on older generations, which is great news for consumers who have held off buying until the time was right.

Raptor Lake motherboard release date

Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs are expected to be announced at Intel’s Innovation Event, set to take place in the final week of September. Once could assume a product release around the middle of October. As for the motherboards, it is believed that the new chipsets could be announced in January at CES 2023, and there is much speculation around which chipsets will launch first.

AMD revealed that Ryzen 7000 CPUs will be available on September 27 2022, which would give Intel plenty of time to line up some benchmark specs and comparison slides to throw around for launch.