Intel Alder Lake 12th-gen CPUs could usher in a new socket in 2021, leaving Z490 motherboards out in the cold

Intel has only just revealed its Comet Lake 10th-gen desktop processors, which require a new Z490 motherboard, switching to the LGA 1200 socket. However, those boards could be swiftly cast aside when 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs possibly arrive in 2021 with a new LGA 1700 socket according to the rumor mill.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Alder Lake switching socket, and major hardware leakers (Momomo and Komachi on Twitter) were spilling hints about this back at the start of the year.

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