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Intel Z490 Preview – First look at the motherboards!

Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake-S has been announced today, along with its new LGA1200 CPU Socket and matching Z490 chipset. Naturally that means a torrent of new motherboards will be arriving in the near future to support the Core i9-10900K (and its lesser brethren) and we are kicking off the party with a preview of eight Z490 motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte and MSI. Please note: Pricing is currently under wraps and will become clear during the next week.

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Asus ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi)

Estimated Price £400

Key Features

  • Form factor ATX
  • CPU VRMs 14x60A
  • Memory support Max 128GB, DDR4 4700+(OC)
  • Graphics PCI Express 2x PCI 3.0 x16 or x8/x8 with SLI and CrossFireX
  • M.2 slots x3
  • USB:
    • 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2
    • 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1
    • 2x USB 2.0
  • Ethernet Marvell 5Gb + Intel Gigabit
  • Wi-Fi Intel 2×2 Wi-Fi 6

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Master

Estimated Price £350

Key Features

  • Form factor ATX
  • CPU VRMs 14x90A
  • Memory support Max 128GB, DDR4 3200
  • Graphics PCI Express 2x PCI 3.0 x16 or x8/x8 with SLI and CrossFireX
  • M.2 slots x3
  • USB:
    • 5x USB 3.2 Gen 2
    • 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1
    • 8x USB 2.0
  • Ethernet Intel 2.5 Gb
  • Wi-Fi Intel 2×2 Wi-Fi 6

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