Intel canceled plans to provide PCIe 4.0 support for Comet Lake-S CPUs and chose to provide it with Rocket Lake in 2021. Now, we know that this does not require an additional motherboard, which eliminates some of the related confusion. The manufacturer described some of its Z490 motherboards as “PCIe 4.0 supported.”
Intel’s latest tenth-generation Comet Lake-S CPU will consume a lot of power, especially in the high-end market. And because they need a new LGA 1200 slot, gamers and enthusiasts want to use them with the Z490 motherboard, which is very expensive in all aspects except for the most affordable price.
The Z490 motherboard has many new features, most notably PCIe 4.0 support and improved wired and wireless network chipsets, depending on the model. Some of them will cost you more than $ 700, so everyone wants to know an obvious question: Do these motherboards support Intel’s next-generation CPUs scheduled for launch in 2021? The answer is yes. Obviously, at least the support of the 11th generation Rocket Lake S can be guaranteed.
Gigabyte recently confirmed this in its latest Aorus Direct live broadcast. For those who want to adapt to future development as much as possible, knowing that the Z490 motherboard will support Rocket Lake processors will undoubtedly give you peace of mind. AMD has achieved great success with this strategy through Ryzen and AM4 slots.
For those who do not know, Intel did not add support for PCIe 4.0 to the Z490 chipset or Comet Lake CPU purchased this year. Although the graphics card does not even touch the limit of PCIe 3.0, if you are interested in using PCIe 4.0 SSD, it is another matter.
The next generation Rocket Lake CPU will be equipped with 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, which is why manufacturers like Gigabyte have vigorously promoted this in their marketing materials. It is worth noting that the Gigabyte representative confirmed the support of the Z490 motherboard for Rocket Lake, and was reluctant to disclose any information to provide this information, indicating that Intel may not want to disclose this at the moment.