Intel doesn’t want PCIe 5.0 in the middle class! B660 boards on the go

Intel introduced its new generation of Core 12000 processors (Alder Lake) last week. However, we currently only find the significantly more expensive high-end mainboards in the form of the Z690 boards on the market.

However, if you’re waiting for a slightly cheaper alternative, be aware that the B660 motherboards are about to be released. However, one of the most important features that Intel presents with the Intel Core 12000 is left out.

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In short, if you want PCIe 5.0? You have to choose a Z690 motherboard!

Intel doesn’t want PCIe 5.0 in the middle class! B660 boards on the go

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So if you thought Intel was going big and ugly on PCIe 5.0, you can take the horse out of the rain. The functionality is reserved for high-end motherboards, with the middle class relying on PCIe 4.0.

How do we know all of this? Well, a picture of the ASUS PRIME B660-PLUS D4 motherboard box popped up on the internet.

Interestingly, it’s even a model that apparently retains many of the features we find in the Z690 version, with the exception of PCIe 5.0, of course. Even the distinction “D4” can be found in the model, which refers to the support of DDR4 memory. So you get the feeling that we will also have B660 motherboards with DDR5 memory support. However, this has not yet been confirmed as it is also possible to clarify a detail to users and keep the same naming scheme and thus the functionality on this board range is also cut off.

After all, unfortunately we still don’t know the price of this new line of motherboards or the final release date. Personally, I would bet on a simultaneous launch with the rest of the Intel Core 12000 processors, although of course we have to include the i5-12400F, which should rule the mid-range in the near future.

Besides, what do you think of all of this? Have you ever expected feature removal in the lower area? Did you want mid-range DDR5 and PCIe 5.0? Please let us know what you think in the comments below.

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