Intel control circuits H670, B660 and H610 receive specifications

In the autumn, Intel “Alder Lake” finally came, which became the first processor family in several years that really piqued the interests of enthusiasts. A hybrid solution with two architectures manufactured on Intel 7 (formerly 10 nanometers) in the company of new standards such as DDR5 and PCI Express 5.0 brought an unusually large set of innovations.

First out were overclockable K models with Core i9-12900K at the forefront, accompanied by the LGA 1700 socket and the Z690 control circuit. Processors in lower price ranges were not present at launch, and likewise there were no other control circuits than the Z690, which is an expensive piece from Intel that makes it difficult for motherboard manufacturers to produce more price-pressed models.

Specifications: Intel Z690, H670, B660 and H610

Z690

H670

B660

H610

Memory support

DDR5 / DDR4

DDR5 / DDR4

DDR5 / DDR4

DDR5 / DDR4

CPU overclocking support

And

No

No

No

Memory overclocking support

And

And

And

No

PCI Express 5.0 (from CPU)

16 channels *

16 channels *

16 channels

16 channels

PCI Express 4.0 (from CPU)

4 channels

4 channels

4 channels

DMI 4.0

8 channels

8 channels

4 channels

4 channels

PCI Express 4.0

12 channels

12 channels

6 channels

PCI Express 3.0

16 channels

12 channels

8 channels

8 channels

USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps)

4 st.

2 st.

2 st.

USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)

10 st.

4 st.

4 st.

2 st.

USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5,0 Gbps)

10 st.

8 st.

6 st.

4 st.

USB 2.0 (480 Mbps)

14 st.

14 st.

12 st.

10 st.

SATA 6.0 Gbps

8 st.

8 st.

4 st.

4 st.

* Can be divided into two separate PCI Express 5.0 x8 with control circuits Z690 and H670

Now publishes the famous Twitter leak @momomo_us the specifications for Intel’s other control circuits for socket LGA 1700. As expected, Intel follows the previous name scheme and the trio that accompanies the Z690 are thus called H670, B660 and H610. Another thing that is expected is the support for overclocking, where the Z690 is alone in this on the processor side. In terms of memory overclocking, it is a support that consists of H670 and B660, but which strokes the foot for H610.

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Unlike previous data, the B660 does not restrict the processor’s PCI Express support to version 4.0, but support for PCI Express 5.0 is included as far down as the bottom model H610. One thing that stands out, however, is that the H610 is said not to support the PCI Express 4.0 channels that are delivered directly by the processor and has nothing to do with the control circuit itself.

One explanation for Intel’s support for the processor’s own PCI Express 4.0 channels with the H610 is that the control circuit itself is without such. In practice, this means that an H610-based motherboard will be completely without support for PCI Express 4.0, which is an important selling point for the latest cut’s SSDs. With an H610 motherboard, these would be limited to running at half speed over PCI Express 3.0.

While the H610 is limited in itself and also sets a barrier for the processor, the story is different for the B660 and H670. In addition to the disappearance of CPU overclocking support, many of the available connections take a few steps back, but since the Z690 can be considered oversized and underused on most motherboards, it is not necessarily a major drawback.

The launch of more affordable processors in the Core 12000 series “Alder Lake” and motherboards with control circuits H670, B660 and H610 will be launched in early 2022.

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