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News hardware & software 22 April 2020, 20:18

author: Smoczy

Mainboard Prices For Intel's New CPUs May be Astronomical

The Z490 chipset offers from Gigabyte and MSI have leaked into the web. If we believe the rumors, we can expect really big price increases.

Mainboards with the new Intel chipset may cost a horrendous amount of money.
IN A NUTSHELL:
  1. ITbox added Z490 models to its offer;
  2. The leak included MSI and Gigabyte motherboards;
  3. The price increase in some cases is up to 60%.
  4. Intel - official homepage

Chipsets for 10th generation of Intel processors can outperform their predecessors not only in technology but also in price. As noted by TomsHardware editors, the Ukrainian ITbox store has added many motherboards based on the Z490 chipset to its offert.

Below is a table comparing the prices of the Z490 models to their Z390 counterparts: both values are from the ITbox store, converted from Ukrainian hryvnias to dollars.

Mainboard model

Price

Z390 price

Price difference

Gigabyte Z490M

$171

$134

27.6%

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite

$267

$208

28.4%

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra

$409

$306

33.6%

Gigabyte Z490M Gaming X

$207

$153

35.3%

Gigabyte Z490 Gaming X

$217

$160

35.6%

Gigabyte Z490 UD

$187

$131

42.7%

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Master

$537

$369

45.5%

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Pro AX

$358

$234

53%

Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra

$318

$197

61.4%

Gigabyte Z490 UD AC

$202

X

X

Gigabyte Z490 Vision G

$277

X

X

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite AC

$288

X

X

Gigabyte Z490 Vision D

$393

X

X

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme

$757

X

X

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme WaterForce

$1,072

X

X

The most expensive product on the list is the Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme WaterForce. The mainboard costs about $1072.

As we can see, ITbox's offer featured 15 Gigabyte models - Z390 series from the same manufacturer consisted of 17 items. A small difference, and if we are to believe the leaks - quite possible. The situation is similar in the case of MSI. Only the Mortar is missing. The prices presented by ITbox are as follows:

Mainboard model

Price

Z390 price

Price difference

MSI MEG Z490 Godlike

$858

X

X

MSI MEG Z490 Ace

$504

$317

59%

MSI MEG Z490I Unify

$430

X

X

MSI MEG Z490 Unify

$338

X

X

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

$303

$260

16.5%

MSI MPG Z490M Gaming Edge WiFi

$277

$198

39.9%

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge WiFi

$247

$191

29.3%

MSI MAG Z490 Tomahawk

$232

$171

35.7%

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus

$202

$145

39.3%

MSI Z490-A Pro

$192

$140

37.1%

Please note that this is only a leak. Mainboards from each manufacturer may ultimately have a completely different price. All we can do is wait and hope that they will not be as expensive in reality.

Last update: 2020-04-22

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