[:en]The Intel Z590 Motherboard Overview: 50+ Motherboards Detailed[:]

[:en]The Intel Z590 Motherboard Overview: 50+ Motherboards Detailed[:]


In the beginning of 2021, Intel has unveiled its newest desktop platform, designed primarily for its Rocket Lake eleventh technology processors. Intel is formally shifting to PCIe 4.0, with the highest SKU Core i9-11900K supposedly providing a big soar in IPC efficiency in comparison with the earlier technology. The brand new chipset strikes to double bandwidth to the CPU, permitting for extra {hardware} to benefit from the chipset directly. It additionally strikes to DDR4-3200 help, a brand new peak in a product line that was beforehand on DDR4-2933. The brand new Z590 chipset is Intel’s flagship, designed for Rocket Lake, however providing backward compatibility with Comet Lake processors. We take a more in-depth take a look at the massive number of new motherboards set to come back to market.

As is common with a brand new platform launch, we reached out to each motherboard vendor for his or her Z590 mannequin record, photos, and specs. Each vendor we spoke to had one thing available, nonetheless some merchandise are nonetheless underneath growth for launch over the subsequent couple of months. Because of this, we have now put as a lot info as we have now into this single article to this point, and as info is supplied, this text will likely be up to date. On the time of publication, we have now particulars of fifty+ motherboards. We’ll endeavor to maintain this Z590 overview up to date with the newest info, together with pricing and new fashions.

Intel Z590 Chipset: Double Bandwidth to the CPU

Because of the dimension of the core getting used, the most recent Rocket Lake flagship is simply 8 cores in comparison with the earlier technology’s 10, however against this, Intel has put a number of new options onto the main flagship chipset, and a lot of distributors are straight out of the gate with all kinds of fashions and value factors. There are two (or three)large variations between the brand new Z590 and the earlier flagship Z490.

First up is the CPU-to-chipset hyperlink, which has been doubled from a DMI x4 hyperlink to a DMI x8 hyperlink. This implies an efficient CPU-to-chipset bandwidth of a PCIe 3.0 x8 hyperlink, and means that two PCIe 3.0 x4 drives may be connected and run at full velocity.Out of all of the 500-series chipsets, we’re underneath the impression that Z590 is the one one that may do that, with all others forcing an x4 hyperlink. Additionally, the x8 hyperlink solely works with Rocket Lake CPUs, and can downgrade to x4 with a earlier technology processor.

The second large distinction is that the Z590 platform will allow the processor to make use of PCIe 4.0. Intel will embrace native CPU PCIe 4.0 help for the primary time, 20 lanes of it, which can allow a full x16 hyperlink for add-in playing cards in addition to one other PCIe 4.0 x4 for storage. Distributors will be capable to cut up that x16 as required, much like earlier mainstream motherboards, into an x8/x8 or x8/x4/x4 bifurcated answer, with acceptable muxing.

The third replace is native USB 3.2 G2x2 (20 Gbps) Kind-C help from the chipset. Motherboards that reap the benefits of this function will doubtless allow it both on a entrance panel or rear panel connector, though it’s optionally available and a few of the cheaper fashions may not have the port.

Intel can also be providing higher reminiscence help on its eleventh Technology processors, which have been upgraded from DDR4-2933 to DDR4-3200. Which means that motherboard distributors are constructing the bottom specifcation to satisfy this DDR4-3200 at JEDEC specs, however most will transcend this for overclocked reminiscence. Because of the ratio soar, it signifies that we have now motherboards providing as much as DDR4-5333, though shopping for that reminiscence will value some huge cash. Word that reminiscence profiles greater than DDR4-3200 are labeled as overclocking, which formally nullifies any guarantee. Intel does in itself supply what it calls PTPP, the Intel Performance Tuning Protection Plan, which is a guaranty that may be bought immediately from Intel for an extra value.

Intel Z590, Z490, and Z390 Chipset Comparability
Function Z590 Z490 Z390
Socket LGA1200 LGA1200 LGA1151
PCIe Lanes (CPU) 20 16 16
PCIe Specification (CPU) 4.0 3.0* 3.0
PCIe Config x16






DMI Lanes (3.0) x8 (RKL) x4 x4
Chipset PCIe 3.0 Lanes 24 24 24
Max USB 3.2 (Gen2/Gen1) 6/10? 6/10 6/10
USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps) Y ASMedia N
Complete USB 14 14 14
Max SATA Ports 6 6 6
Reminiscence Channels (Twin) 2/2 2/2 2/2
Intel Optane Reminiscence Assist Y Y Y
Intel Fast Storage Know-how (RST) Y Y Y
Max Fast Storage Know-how Ports ? 3 3
Built-in WiFi MAC Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 5
Intel Good Sound Y Y Y
Built-in SDXC (SDA 3.0) Assist ? ? Y
Overclocking Assist Y Y Y
Intel vPro N N N
Max HSIO Lanes ? 30 30
ME Firmware 15 14 12
TDP (W) 6 6 6

The brand new Intel Z590 chipset now consists of native help for USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 20 Gbps Kind-C connectivity. On the earlier Z490 chipset, distributors wanted to make use of further controllers, such because the ASMedia ASM3242, plugged into the PCIe lanes from the chipset.

Networking can also be a focus for distributors, with Intel persevering with to construct in a local Wi-Fi 6 MAC into the chipset, accessible by means of Intel’s proprietary CNVi interface. Distributors will allow this by means of Intel’s newest AX201 or AX210 Wi-Fi 6 RF modules, or the brand new Intel Killer AX1675 (as a result of should you hadn’t heard, Intel bought the corporate behind the Killer networking chips).

For wired connectivity, Intel identifies help for two.5 gigabit Ethernet as a key function for the brand new chipsets, nonetheless this is not something particular, as it really works the identical as in earlier generations – motherboard distributors simply purchase a 2.5 GbE PCIe chip and fasten it to the chipset. Although often when Intel advertises it like this, then there is a combo sale for distributors who purchase the chipset together with the Intel branded community controller, so we’ll see a push for two.5 GbE networking on Z590.

Intel Thunderbolt 4: Assist for Maple Ridge

One other new function discovered on Z590 fashions is Intel’s Maple Ridge Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. Regardless of there being little distinction between Thunderbolt 4 and the earlier Thunderbolt 3, as each enable for 40 GBs of bandwidth and each can drive further shows, TB4 does supply the complete specification customary. Thunderbolt 4 comes with further safety by means of Intel VT-d DMA safety, can help longer cables with lengths of as much as 2 meters, and in addition tree/department daisy chaining, whereas beforehand solely linear chaining was supported.

One other profit for customers trying to connect additional screens is Thunderbolt 4 can help as much as two 4K and one 8K show, which is a marked enchancment over Thunderbolt 3. Methods that wish to allow TB4 will do it although the seller integrating the Maple Ridge chip on the board, as with every different exterior (exterior to the chipset) controller.

The Present Z590 Product Stack:

Motherboards Confirmed So Far (as of 01/19)

By way of our contact with distributors, we anticipate a complete of 55+ fashions for Z590. Most of those are at the moment introduced and detailed, with a small quantity introduced however ready for a full element. Merely put, there will likely be no scarcity of fashions to pick from. Though customers would possibly begin to baulk on the pricing, with solely a small variety of boards dipping beneath the $200 mark.

Surprisingly there is not a lot in the best way of micro-ATX for Z590, with availability wanting restricted. We’ve got some mATX from Chinese language vendor Colourful, one from ASRock, ASUS and MSI, however little else. For small kind issue fanatics, ASRock, GIGABYTE, and MSI embrace a small collection of mini-ITX boards. The overwhelming majority of the Z590 product stack is ATX, though the flagship fashions from every model function E-ATX PCBs with a big collection of PCIe, storage, and premium controller choices.


ASRock’s product stack consists of the return of its Phantom Gaming collection, which focuses on gaming parts, with the Taichi sitting on the prime because the model’s flagship Z590 mannequin. The entry-level Professional 4 collection provides an ATX and micro-ATX model, whereas ASRock’s solely mini-ITX board to be introduced presently comes through the Z590M-ITX/ac.

ASRock Z590 Motherboard Product Stack
Mannequin Dimension Overview


ASRock Z590 Taichi ATX Link   TBC
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita ATX Link   TBC
ASRock Z590 Excessive WiFi 6E ATX Link   TBC
ASRock Z590 Excessive ATX Link   TBC
ASRock Z590 Metal Legend 6E ATX Link   $212
ASRock Z590 Metal Legend ATX Link   $195
ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming 4 AC ATX Link   TBC
ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX Link   TBC
ASRock Z590 Professional 4 ATX Link   TBC
ASRock Z590M Professional 4 mATX Link   TBC
ASRock Z590M-ITX/ac ITX Link   TBC

ASRock will doubtless announce much more fashions for Z590, because the customized monoblock Z590 Aqua is a possible mannequin that could possibly be introduced at a later date. We additionally count on a Phantom Gaming mini-ITX mannequin sooner or later, which usually provides loads of premium options. 


As is typical with ASUS, it has a big Z590 stack, and we have now info obtainable for many of its Z590 fashions; some info remains to be but to be introduced, nonetheless. Among the fashions but to be totally unveiled embrace the overclocking centered Maximus XIII Apex (Q1), and the Maximus XIII Excessive Glacial with a customized EK monoblock and the usual Excessive variant (additionally Q1). The same old suspects make its method onto Z590, together with the ROG Maximums XIII collection, now in its thirteenth iteration, in addition to the mid-range ROG Strix, the budget-focused TUF Gaming, and Prime collection.

ASUS Z590 Motherboard Product Stack
Mannequin Dimension Overview


ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Excessive Glacial E-ATX Link   TBC
ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Excessive E-ATX Link   TBC
ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero ATX Link   $500
ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Apex ?     TBC
ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WIFI ATX Link   $380
ASUS ROG Strix Z590-F Gaming WiFi ATX     TBC
ASUS ROG Strix Z590-A Gaming WiFi ATX     $330
ASUS ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi ITX Link   TBC
ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI ATX Link   $260
ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus ATX Link   TBC
ASUS Prime Z590-A ATX Link   $280
ASUS Prime Z590-P ATX Link   TBC
ASUS Prime Z590M-Plus mATX Link   TBC

From the pricing info we have now available, ASUS’s most cost-effective mannequin would be the ASUS Prime Z590M-Plus, micro-ATX. The entry-level Prime collection focuses on fundamental but delicate aesthetics, with costs beginning upwards of $244. ASUS can even be launching a Strix collection mini-ITX mannequin, the ASUS ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi, however there is not a lot in the best way of knowledge. We’ll hold issues up to date, although, as extra particulars are made obtainable.


Biostar has introduced a trifecta of fashions for Z590, with its prime mannequin, the Z590 Valkyrie sitting as probably the most premium desktop fashions we have now seen from them in a very long time. The most recent Valkyrie collection makes use of the native USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Kind-C help, 2.5 gigabit Ethernet, and has a recent and funky design. Biostar’s Racing collection can also be again for Z590 by means of the Z590GTA mannequin, with an ATX PCB and a stable entry-level function set.

Biostar Z590 Motherboard Product Stack
Mannequin Dimension Overview


Biostar Z590 Valkyrie ATX Link   TBC
Biostar Z590I Valkyrie ITX Link   TBC
Biostar Racing Z590GTA ATX Link   TBC

Biostar is often a certain factor for no less than one mini-ITX mannequin per chipset, and the Z590I Valkyrie is the smaller sibling of the ATX mannequin. It looks like Biostar has gone all out on its Valkyrie fashions to make use of the Z590 chipset to its fullest, particularly with help for as much as DDR5-5000 and a pair of.5 GbE with premium HD audio codecs.


GIGABYTE has the biggest stack with 15 new fashions unveiled at current. Ranging from the highest with the GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Xtreme WaterForce, it caters to the fanatic market, with prime tier stage options and a customized monoblock for customized liquid cooling. The Aorus Z590 Xtreme has the identical PCB, with out the monoblock, and the Aorus vary extends from the highest finish all the way down to the mid-range.

GIGABYTE Z590 Motherboard Product Stack
Mannequin Dimension Overview


GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Xtreme WaterForce E-ATX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Xtreme E-ATX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Grasp ATX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Tachyon ATX     TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Professional AX ATX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Extremely ATX     TBC
GIGABYTE Z590I Aorus Extremely ITX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Elite AX ATX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Elite ATX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Gaming X ATX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Imaginative and prescient D ATX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590I Imaginative and prescient D ITX Link   TBC
GIGABYTE Z590 Imaginative and prescient G ATX Link   TBC

Providing a extra modest function set with cheaper controllers, the Z590 Gaming X sits just under the Aorus collection. In distinction, the Imaginative and prescient collection returns with a refreshed Imaginative and prescient D (Designare) and a brand new Z590 Imaginative and prescient G mannequin with barely fewer options. GIGABYTE has two mini ITX fashions, the Z590I Aorus Extremely and the content material creator centered Z590I Imaginative and prescient D. For customers in search of a extra reasonably priced and decrease entry level, GIGABYTE has two Extremely Sturdy collection fashions, the Z590 UD and Z590 UD AC, with the one distinction being the latter features a Wi-Fi module.


MSI has additionally gone all out with its Z590 vary, with no less than 13 new fashions and extra doubtlessly on its method, together with an EK monoblock Carbon X model. The MEG, MPG, MAG, and Professional collection all return for Z590, with the MEG Godlike sitting as the present flagship with a premium function set all through. The Unify vary makes a return with an ATX and mini-ITX pairing. The MPG collection, which is aimed toward players with efficiency in thoughts, dominates the model’s mid-range, with pricing beginning at $264 as much as $324. The most affordable begins at $189

MSI Z590 Motherboard Product Stack
Mannequin Dimension Overview


MSI MEG Z590 Godlike E-ATX Link   $1019
MSI MEG Z590 Ace ATX Link   $489
MSI MEG Z590 Unify ATX     $389
MSI MEG Z590 Unify-X ?    
MSI MEG Z590I Unify ITX     $329
MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon WiFi ATX Link   $324
MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Pressure ATX Link   $314
MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Edge WiFi ATX     $284
MSI MPG Z590M Gaming Edge WiFi mATX    
MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Plus ATX     $264
MSI MAG Z590 Tomahawk WiFi ATX Link   $239
MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo ATX     $229
MSI Z590 Professional WiFi ATX Link   $209
MSI Z590 A Professional ATX Link   $189
MSI Z590 Professional 12VO ATX     TBC

Geared extra on the entry-level, the MAG collection fires out a Torpedo, and whereas it may not dent the flagships solely on options, it actually makes a splash. That is along with the Tomahawk which is usually related as top-of-the-line fashions primarily based on value to efficiency available on the market. Lastly, MSI has its Professional collection, which targets professionals, and MSI proclaims a 12VO variant with out the necessity for the 5 V and three.3 V rails.

Different Z590 Product Stack Choices

There are fairly a number of fashions exterior of the main gamers.

EVGA is planning on asserting its E-ATX sized overclocking centered EVGA Z590 Darkish mannequin someday later within the yr. Primarily designed for overclocking, the EVGA Z590 Darkish consists of simply two reminiscence modules, that are designed to scale back hint latencies for breaking reminiscence world information underneath liquid nitrogen, with a transposed socket for higher LN2 pot mounting. The EVGA Z590 FTW veers off to the extra standard styled motherboard with options aimed toward players and fanatics alike.

Colourful predominantly goals its fashions on the Asian market with its iGame collection and its tackle the American Naval fleet with the CVN collection.

Supermicro additionally has two fashions, one with Wi-Fi and one with out, though neither of those features a PLX chip, which has been a function in earlier generations. This could possibly be an possibility additional down the road.

Different Z590 Motherboards
Mannequin Dimension Overview


Colourful iGame Z590 Vulcan X ATX Link   TBC
Colourful iGame Z590 Vulcan W ATX Link   TBC
Colourful CVN Z590 Gaming Professional V20 ATX     TBC
Colourful CVN Z590 Frozen V20 ATX     TBC
Colourful CVN Z590M Gaming Professional V20 mATX     TBC
Colourful CVN Z590M Frozen V20 mATX     TBC
EVGA Z590 Darkish E-ATX Link   TBC
Supermicro C9Z590-CGW ATX Link   TBC
Supermicro C9Z590-CG ATX Link   TBC

On the subsequent web page is a abstract of every Z590 mannequin energy supply from info which we acquired from producers or by means of evaluation of the bodily board. Every subsequent web page is a short evaluation and rundown of every mannequin introduced, culminating with a conclusion of board options versus different fashions.

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