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More affordable Alder Lake-S motherboards likely not coming before 2022 suggests EEC leak

Intel Alder Lake features

Intel's Alder Lake is the company's upcoming 12th gen Core processor family and in the recent few weeks, there have been plenty of performance leaks for the desktop flagship Core i9-12900K Alder Lake-S SKU. It is rumored that Alder Lake-S will be unveiled on November 19 which means Intel, as well as its motherboard partners, are likely testing, validating, and certifying these parts.

Today VideoCardz spotted multiple socket LGA1700-based 600-series chipset entries that will accompany Intel's Alder Lake-S CPUs. They are:

  • H670
  • B660
  • H610,

and will form the more affordable mainstream and entry-level LGA1700 options as opposed to the flagship Z690 chipset.

Intel H670 B660 H610 chipset filing at EEC

Interestingly, the filings are very fresh and have been done by Intel itself which means motherboards based on these chipsets are likely still some distance away. That's because chipset and motherboard leaks when they are closer to launch generally involve one or more of Intel's or AMD's vendor partners instead of the companies themselves.

This gives some more credibility to an earlier report which claimed that Intel's plans for the Alder Lake-S launch only involve the top-end Z690-based motherboards. The report also added that these more affordable chipset-based boards are reserved for CES next year.

While this is speculative, H670, B660, and H610 motherboards will likely also have both DDR4 and DDR5 options to choose from, as spotted by @momomo_us in another EEC leak that contains Gigabyte's potential Z690 motherboard lineup.

Source: EEC via VideoCardz (Twitter)

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