What simply occurred? It appears Asrock desires to be forward of the pack in relation to preparing for Raptor Lake. Intel’s new processors do not arrive till later this yr, however the Taiwanese agency has already introduced BIOS updates for its 600-series motherboards that add help for the Thirteenth-gen CPUs. And, as a few of these boards use DDR4, Asrock has confirmed that Intel will preserve supporting the reminiscence kind somewhat than happening AMD’s Zen 4 path and switching to DDR5-only.
“Asrock has introduced BIOS updates for its Intel 600 collection motherboards to help the soon-released Intel desktop processors,” reads the announcement.
Asrock’s listing covers Z690, H670, B660, and H610 chipset boards, a number of of which use DDR4 somewhat than DDR5, confirming the reminiscence kind’s compatibility with Raptor Lake. This comes after a leaked listing of Asrock’s flagship Z790 and mid-range H770 motherboards included each DDR4 and DDR5 variants.
Raptor Lake’s help for DDR4 was all the time anticipated. The upcoming processors share the identical LGA 1700 socket as Alder Lake, and each generations of CPUs work on 600- and 700-series boards. AMD’s Zen 4 structure, in the meantime, will solely help DDR5. And whereas costs of the newer reminiscence are falling, the modules stay dearer than their DDR4 counterparts.
Asrock’s early announcement is probably going a advertising ploy that makes it one of many first ‘Raptor Lake prepared’ firms—anticipate different board makers to rapidly observe swimsuit.
Raptor Lake, anticipated in Q3 or This fall, will enhance Alder Lake’s most variety of Efficiency cores (Gracemont) to 16, bringing the entire max core depend to 24. The chips are additionally rumored to function enhance clocks that attain 5.8 GHz.