Intel Z890 Chipset Rumored to Feature More PCIe Gen 4.0 Lanes, WiFi 7 and Windows 12 Support

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As everyone probably expected, Intel is planning to release a new premium chipset called the Z890, but hardware leaker TCL (@leaf_hobby), who previously leaked the specifications of Intel’s recently launched Xeon W3400 and W2400 workstation processors, claims to already know some of its specifications. According to the leaker, Z890 will offer four additional PCH PCIe Gen 4 lanes versus the Z790 platform (24 vs. 20), with other differences being support for WiFi 7 and what sounds like a new version of Windows. The Z890 is meant to complement Intel’s Meteor Lake-S desktop processors, although rumors from December suggested that these CPUs had been canceled. (The new LGA 1851 socket also supports the upcoming lineup of Arrow Lake processors.)

From an EXPreview report:

It was previously reported that Intel has decided to cancel the desktop version of Meteor Lake, which is the Meteor Lake-S with LGA 1851 socket. However, Meteor Lake-S will exist in another way and will not be wasted in vain. Some products will be incorporated into Meteor Lake-P on the mobile platform. Replacing Meteor Lake-S is Raptor Lake Refresh, which will arrive later this year.

However, some netizens recently revealed that both Raptor Lake Refresh and Meteor Lake-S will appear on the desktop platform, and the specific time has not yet been determined. It is said that Meteor Lake-S will be equipped with 20 PCIe 5.0 lanes and 12 PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes are used for discrete graphics cards, 4 PCIe 5.0 lanes are used for the first NVMe SSD, and 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes are used for For the second NVMe SSD, the remaining 8 PCIe 4.0 channels are used for the DMI bus and connected to the PCH.

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Tsing Mui
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