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Intel B760 May Be Reasonably Priced, But Z690 May Offer Better Value

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Early in 2023, Intel will release 13th Generation Raptor Lake non-K processors and the B760 chipset. The chips will compete for a spot on the list of best CPUs and provide consumers with an easier way to enter Intel’s Raptor Lake family.

As usual, Intel launched the Z790 chipset alongside three Raptor Lake K-series processors: the Core i9-13900K, Core i7-13700K, and Core i5-13600K. The B760 chipset, on the other hand, lacks bells and whistles but still provides consumers with the essential features. Chinese media Expreview (opens in a new tab) has gained access to the B760 chipset’s potential specifications. Although the information appears accurate, we advise treating it with caution.

Initially, only the Z790 chipset will officially support processor overclocking, unlike AMD, whose entire chipset lineup supports overclocking. Some vendors enabled BCLK overclocking on non-K series chips on specific B660 motherboards with Alder Lake. The function may return to the B760 with the MAG B760M Mortar Max WiFi.

According to reports, the B760 chipset includes a PCIe 4.0 x4 DMI link that connects the chipset to the Raptor Lake processor. The interface is identical to the previous B660 chipset. It is a significant downgrade from the Z790 and Z690 chipsets, which both feature an x8 interface. The B760 chipset has four additional PCIe 4.0 lanes compared to the B660 chipset, which is an improvement. However, Intel is rumored to have sacrificed some PCIe 3.0 lanes. The B760 chipset offers only four PCIe 3.0 lanes, whereas the B660 chipset provides eight.

Intel B760 Chipset Specifications*

  Z790 H770 Z690 B760 B660
DMI 4.0 channel x8 x8 x8 x4 x4
PCIe 4.0 20 16 12 10 6
PCIe 3.0 8 8 16 4 8
USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps) 5 2 4 2 2
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) 10 4 10 4 4
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) 10 8 10 6 6
USB 2.0 14 14 14 12 12
SATA 3.0 8 8 8 4 4

*Specifications are unconfirmed.

The B760 chipset appears to have the same connectivity features as the B660 chipset. Therefore, a maximum of two USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps), four USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), and six USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports are possible (5 Gbps). Maximum USB 2.0 ports include twelve.

Regarding storage, the B760 chipset offers up to four SATA 3.0 ports, which is half of what the Z790 chipset offers. However, this should not be a significant disadvantage, as the majority of the best SSDs, which are PCIe-based, will be paired with B760 motherboards. The Z790 or H770 chipsets, which offer up to eight SATA 3.0 ports, will likely attract storage enthusiasts.

MSI B760 Motherboard Pricing

Motherboard Pricing B660 Version Difference
MPG B760I Edge WiFi DDR4 $209 N/A N/A
MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi $229 $219 5%
MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4 $219 $209 5%
MAG B760M Mortar Max WiFi $229 N/A N/A
MAG B760M Mortar Max WiFi DDR4 $219 N/A N/A
MAG B760M Mortar WiFi $199 $209 5%
MAG B760M Mortar WiFi DDR4 $189 $199 5%
MAG B760M Mortar $189 $199 5%
MAG B760M Mortar DDR4 $179 $189 6%
Pro B760-P WiFi DDR4 $179 N/A N/A
Pro B760M-A WiFi DDR4 $169 $169 0%

*Pricing is unconfirmed.

The hardware leaker chi11eddog has shared a list of MSI B760 motherboards and their rumored prices. MSI appears to be preparing a mixture of DDR4 and DDR5 motherboards, allowing consumers to choose the former if they do not wish to invest in premium DDR5 memory kits.

MSI B760 motherboards may cost only $10 more than B660 motherboards. Thus, it roughly equates to a 5% price increase. The price range begins at $179 and ends at $229. The issue is that many Z690 motherboards in this price range offer superior features and connectivity compared to their B760 counterparts. Raptor Lake is compatible with Intel 600-series motherboards through a simple firmware update.

MSI Pro B760-P WiFi DDR4 could be made available for $179. The MSI Pro Z690-P DDR4 is currently available for $172.99. (opens in new tab). Even if you don’t intend to overclock your processor, it is less expensive and has more features. As with the Pro B760-P WiFi DDR4, there are additional instances where motherboards from the previous generation Z690 offer a better value. However, retailers have already begun to phase out Intel 600-series motherboards, so they may become difficult to find in the future, leaving only 700-series motherboards as an option.

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