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Switching to Intel Alder Lake processors will cost users a pretty penny. Have to buy a new motherboard, memory, power supply and cooler



Intel’s Alder Lake platform, which is expected to debut in early fall, will be a groundbreaking breakthrough. Firstly, the processors themselves will be built on the big.LITTLE principle with large and small cores – Alder Lake, in fact, will become the first such truly massive CPUs on the x86 architecture. Secondly, the platform will support PCIe 5 bus and DDR5 memory. But all these advantages and innovations have a flip side of the coin: the transition from any current Intel platform to Alder Lake will require huge financial costs on the part of the user.

Alder Lake will debut a new LGA1700 Socket – you will automatically need to buy a compatible CPU cooler, not to mention a new 600-series motherboard. DDR5 memory is also new and will have to be purchased as well. However, according to rumors, the younger CPUs of the line will support DDR4, so if you buy the corresponding motherboard, you can save a little here.

Switching to Intel Alder Lake processors will cost users a pretty penny.  Have to buy a new motherboard, memory, power supply and cooler

On the left is the good old 24-pin connector .. On the right is the new 10-pin ATX12VO

But to save on the power supply unit (that is, to install an existing power supply unit in the new system), if it works out, then not for everyone. Recall that a new 10-pin ATX12VO power connector should massively debut in mainboards for Alder Lake, but there are reservations: according to rumors, it will initially be used only in the entry-level H610 and B660 motherboards, while in the top models on the Z690 chipset will continue to use the 24-pin connector. But this will hardly make it easier for users: they saved on DDR5 memory, but they will have to buy a new power supply … In the worst case, they will have to buy almost the entire system: with a processor cooler, memory and power supply – in addition to the CPU and the motherboard. Such an upgrade can result in a lump sum.

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