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Intel’s 500 Series motherboards will reportedly be released ahead of schedule. The rumor comes from China’s Weixin platform (via HXL), which claims that the motherboards will be announced on January 11—the same day that Intel is scheduled to make its two press conferences (“It’s Time to Go,” “Do More with the Power of Computing”) at CES 2021.

“INTEL 500 series motherboard chipsets will include Z590, B560 , H510 series models are determined to be released on January 11, 2021, and according to sources, these three models will be released on January 11,” the author wrote.

Intel’s 500 Series motherboards will utilize the same LGA1200 socket as the 400 Series, which means that they’ll be compatible with both current 10th Gen Core “Comet Lake S” processors and upcoming 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake S” processors. They are believed to be the last generation of motherboards to support DDR4 memory, however.

The Weixin article also suggests that Intel will not be releasing its 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake S” processors until the end of February or early March. It isn’t clear why they aren’t launching alongside the 500 Series motherboards.

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