Intel Z590 motherboards about 20-30EUR more expensive

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 03 2021 @ 17:45 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Dutch tech site Tweakers.net made a comparison of Z590 and Z490 prices. The site checked price comparison services to find compile a list of preorder prices of Z590 motherboards from ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. These prices were then compared to the launch pricing of the corresponding Z490 model.

The conclusion is that most Z590 motherboards are about 20-30EUR more expensive than their predecessor. Part of the price increase is attributed to PCI Express 4.0 support, which has higher requirements like more PCB layers and more or better components. Furthermore, the industry-wide shortage of certain components, the increased shipping costs due to COVID-19, and other factors likely also play a role.

Z590 motherboards are expected to hit retail shelves within a couple of weeks. Intel's 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" processors will debut in March, these will not only be the last LGA1200 CPUs but also the last 14nm desktop processors. The Z490 motherboards should be compatible with Rocket Lake-S after a BIOS update.

Tweakers.net claims various manufacturers have ceased production of Z490 motherboards. It's believed these models will quickly disappear from the market once the Z590 hits the scene.

Preorder price  Z490 launch price Difference
(lowest)
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ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-F GAMING WIFI € 339,00 € 329,00 € 299,00 € 30 (10%)
ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI € 379,00 € 369,00 € 344,00 € 25 (7%)
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XIII HERO € 499,00 € 489,00 € 475,00 € 14 (3%)
Gigabyte Z590 AORUS PRO AX € 419,00 € 351,00 € 319,00 € 32 (10%)
Gigabyte Z590 AORUS MASTER € 559,00 € 458,00 € 429,00 € 29 (7%)
MSI Z590-A PRO € 184,14 € 189,90 € 179,00 € 5,14 (3%)
MSI Z590 PRO WIFI € 208,44 € 212,90 n.v.t. n.v.t.
MSI MAG Z590 TORPEDO € 226,67 n.n.b. n.v.t. n.v.t.
MSI MPG Z590 GAMING FORCE € 311,71 € 304,00 n.v.t. n.v.t.
MSI MPG Z590 GAMING CARBON WIFI € 323,86 € 329,00 € 299,00 € 24,86 (8%)
MSI MEG Z590 ACE € 472,48 € 464,00 € 461,00 € 3 (1%)
MSI MEG Z590 GODLIKE € 971,64 € 939,00 € 899,00 € 40 (4%)


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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