It looks as if Asus and MSI are about to release Z590 boards that support Intel11th-gen Rocket Lake CPUs tomorrow (?) . Of course, the big news is PCIe 4.0 support in the CPUs and chipsets: 20 from the CPU and up to 16 from the chipset. As stuff like NVIDIA's RTX IO and Microsoft's DirectStorage continues to develop, the significance of super-fast PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage has the capacity to be a "game-changer", in the truest sense of the term.

I was just over on the Asus website and it looks as if they've already got their Z590 boards up:

The big question mark is 'Where are the CPUs?" The RocketLake 11th-gen CPUs are slated to be released this quarter, but that could be another two months. Unusual for a board to be released without the CPU it's built to support, so there is some speculation Intel will surprise everyone and Rocket Lake is coming sooner rather than later. All very much up in the air, for now...but it won't be long.

And here's a real curve ball I'd never heard until now: Apparently some 400-series motherboards are supposed to get BIOS update to support 11th gen CPUs - and the 16 GPU PCIe 4.0 lanes from the CPU (!!??). I'm still scratching my head, TBH. I had heard a while back about a Z490 board being "PCIe 4.0 ready", but didn't think much of it at the time, because it wasn't a given that 400-series boards would ever accept RocketLake CPUs. (lists supported Asus boards, though it's rumored MSI boards will do this, too; I haven't looked at it yet).

Anyway, if it works, it would be a definite plus for anyone who bought into the 400-series, particularly if you plan to pursue a 30-series GPU.

Apparently the strangeness that was 2020 is not over yet.

Last edited by kksnowbear; 01/27/21 01:51 PM.