We know that Intel is going to do a major press conference on January 4 in advance of the opening of CES 2022. During this conference, the rest of the Alder Lake series ( not K ) will be officially launched. To ensure the success of this series, it was also necessary to have more “accessible” motherboards. This should be the case with the B660 and H610 chipsets, which will allow us to put less expensive cards on the market.
The H670 chipset killed before it was born?
Interestingly, the H670 chipset could simply be cancelled, as Intel believes that prices will drop rapidly on the entry-level models of the Z690. On paper, the H670 was supposed to keep a large part of the Z690’s functionality, but lose the CPU overclocking. A complicated positioning against the B660. Let’s remember that the B660 chipset will allow us to have very interesting cards since it will support memory overclocking and the possibility of having both DDR4 and DDR5 versions. It seems, however, that the latter is likely to be limited to the Z690 in the main.
H610 and B660 to lower the entry price of Alder Lake
The key to understanding these chipsets will be the PCIe lines available on each version. The Z690 offers 12 Gen 4 lines in addition to 16 lines. The B660 offers 6 Gen 4 lines and 8 Gen 3 lines, while the H610 does without the Gen 4 PCIe lines and offers only 8 Gen 3 lines. You will find below a table allowing you to have a precise idea of the features offered by each of the new chipsets.