reported that IT home, Intel’s upcoming B760 chipset motherboards will get a price hike when it launches early next year. The price will reportedly be 10% higher than Intel’s previous generation B660 platform. This represents a 10% higher cost of entry for Intel’s latest mainstream CPU platform, creating some competition within Intel’s own walls between the B760 and B660 supporting Intel’s latest Raptor Lake CPUs. There is likely to be.
Unfortunately, details about the B760 have been minimal since Raptor Lake’s launch. But what we do know is that the B760’s feature set remains largely the same as his B660 with the only changes we know to consist of a PCIe Gen 4 and PCIe Gen 3 reconfiguration. There is. This includes a PCIe Gen 3 drop from 8 lanes to 4 lanes, but a PCIe Gen4 upgrade from 6 lanes to 10 lanes.
As a result, the B760 may be more of a sidegrade than an upgrade for most users. The B760 can handle more PCIe Gen 4 capable devices, but is limited to the same amount of connectivity as the B660 if no PCIe Gen 4 devices are installed.
This could make it difficult for potential buyers to justify the B760’s higher price tag. His B760’s Gen 4 capabilities on the chipset are rarely needed for Intel’s B-series platform targets for systems that include cheap gaming machines and cheap workstations. Machines like these need enough PCIe lanes for their graphics card and enough USB ports for their keyboard, mouse and headset, but the PCIe lanes needed by the GPU are fed by the CPU anyway. increase.
On the bright side, the B760 could have Raptor Lake support built into the BIOS already ready from the factory to support Intel’s latest CPU lineup. However, this will only work if most B660 motherboards don’t already have his BIOS update for Raptor Lake installed from the factory.
Another potential advantage of the B760 is the potential feature upgrades that motherboard manufacturers make to these boards themselves over their own B660s. This could take the form of a better power delivery setup, better integrated audio gear, or better rear I/O. Either way, it would be best for the motherboard maker to let the B760 board stand out from the older version of his B660 so as not to prey on their own sales.
Whatever the potential benefits of the B760, the B760 price hike doesn’t look good. Since the B660 can house Raptor Lake CPUs, the B760 will always compete with the B660 in some way.