Intel is expected to unveil its own Alder Lake desktop processors in the coming weeks, and motherboard manufacturers like Asus are preparing for their imminent release. The company will own a total of 19 Z690 motherboards, the price of nine of which was recently revealed through a listing on the Canadian retail site.
We already know what to expect in terms of the price of the 12th-generation Intel Alder Lake desktop CPUs, as several specialist retailers as well as Amazon have leaked. Suffice to say, you have to pay more for new processors than Rocket Lake, but there are points where their performance and overclocking ability may warrant a higher price tag, especially if you're a Blue Team fan.
As we get closer to the official introduction, a list of LGA 1700 motherboards also appears online. The latest leak (via momomo_us) includes the Asus Z690 motherboard family, which includes ROG, TUF, and PRIME models. The first Alder Lake processors on the market were built for enthusiasts, so it's only natural that manufacturers will try to prepare top-tier motherboards for early adopters, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said earlier this year. CAD Design Price in USD ROG Maximus Z690 Hero DDR5 20 + 1 $789 $626 ROG STRIX Z690-F Gaming WiFi DDR5 16 + 1 $511 $405 ROG STRIX Z690-A Gaming WiFi DDR5 16 + 1 $447 355 TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WiFi D4 14 + 2 $371 $294 PRIME Z690-A DDR5 14 + 1 $383 304 PRIME Z690-P WiFi DDR5 14 + 1 $319 $253 PRIME Z690-P WiFi D4 DDR4 14+ $307 PRIME Z690-P DDR5 14 + 1 $294 $233 PRIME Z66-P D4 DDR4 14 + $1281 $223
Alder Lake processors support DDR5 and DDR4, PC-Canada retailer listing shows that both will be The options are expensive. However, consider these prices with granules like salt, because at this point it can only be exchanged.
Assuming the leaked Alder Lake CPU price is accurate, the cheapest way to upgrade to the new platform is to keep the current DDR4 memory pool at $260 for the Core i5-12600KF at around $220. On the Z690 motherboard. Cooler manufacturers like Noctua are now offering free Alder Lake installation kits to their loyal customers, which means some of you won't need to jump more than $500.
However, if you want to use the DDR5 memory set for the Alder Lake processor, then everything becomes more expensive. While the price difference between motherboards with DDR4 and DDR5 support isn't huge (about $10), Teamgroup DDR5-4800 base memory packages are sometimes available for $300 for two 16GB units. Initial testing of DDR5 against DDR4 shows that if you're using the DDR5-4800 core memory set to replace your existing DDR4-3200 set, you won't see much improvement in performance, so you might want to look like DDR5 stellar. Memory packages, which are expected to be less expensive. In any case, it seemed that the initial taxes would be an exorbitant tax on Alder Lake.
Asus Z690 motherboards available at Canadian retailers start at $223