The ASUS Z490 Series of motherboards meant for the latest Intel 10th Generation Core Processors have been leaking out this week. The latest to make an appearance is the ASUS TUF Z490-PLUS. Incidentally, this is the third ASUS motherboard from the Z490 Series. The previous two to leak were from the Z490 PRIME series which included the Z490-A and Z490-P motherboards. All the latest motherboards for the 14nm Skylake based Intel Comet Lake desktop-grade CPUs will feature the new LGA 1200 socket.
As Intel’s upcoming 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs gradually enter mass production, OEM manufacturers have begun revealing the motherboards that will support the brand-new processors. The ASUS TUF brand is one such OEM whose motherboards have started appearing in leaks. Whether intentional or accidental, the leaks indicate the imminent launch of the latest Intel CPUs and compatible hardware, including peripherals.
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ASUS TUF Z490-PLUS Gaming Motherboard Leaks:
Yet another Z490 motherboard has been leaked. Whether officially sanctioned leaks or a genuine accident, the leaks are quite consistent and seem to coincide with the arrival of Intel’s 10th-Gen 14nm Comet Lake CPUs.
Coming to the ASUS TUF Z490-PLUS motherboard, it will feature the LGA 1200 Socket supporting the Intel’s new Z490 chipset. In the case of this particular ASUS TUF Gaming motherboard, this chipset and motherboard combination will offer PC users a high number of premium and mainstream features, including two M.2 slots, six SATA connections, support for 4600MHz DDR4 memory and Thunderbolt 3 via a Thunderbolt internal header. Additionally, this motherboard features two PCIe x16 slots and three PCIe x1 slots. This particular model also comes with an onboard WiFi module.
It is not immediately clear but the internal Thunderbolt header likely requires the addition of Thunderbolt 3 add-in card to function. Needless to add, this internal peripheral could be sold separately. It appears Intel plans to launch its Z490 series of motherboards and Comet Lake series desktop processors later this month.
Enthusiast PC builders prefer the ASUS TUF Series over the more premium sub-brand primarily because it offers customers reliable high-performance levels while delivering optimal levels of value for money. In other words, the ASUS TUF brand is known to make some thoughtful compromises by eliminating top-end components and yet offer premium performance by supporting the majority of mainstream hardware and peripherals.
Asus accidentally leaked their own Prime series motherboard Asus Prime Z490. pic.twitter.com/AMbGplf0PC
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The design philosophy is amply visible in the ASUS TUF Z490-PLUS gaming motherboard as it lacks the high number of USB ports and other connectivity options as compared to its higher-end ROG Maximum counterparts. Nonetheless, the choice of ports and connectivity options should be more than enough for most end-buyers.
Will The Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs Feature The PCIe 4.0?
Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs will be based on the archaic 14nm Fabrication Node. Moreover, they will feature the older Skylake Cores. The latter should offer some IPC gains, but the mature production process has allowed Intel to boost the per-core frequency. However, the biggest drawback of relying on the aging 14nm process is the inability of the CPUs to fully support newer technologies that rival AMD’s 7nm Ryzen CPUs already support.
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Intel’s latest CPUs are still the leader when it comes to gaming, and that’s primarily because of the high levels of single-threaded performance and plenty of threads for highly demanding multi-threaded calculations. But the lack of PCIe 4.0 support and Intel’s lower core counts than AMD’s current line of CPUs working with the AM4 motherboards will undoubtedly play against Intel, especially in the workstation and professional computer systems.