Intel® 700 Series Chipset Brief

Embedded on the motherboard, chipsets control the interaction between a CPU and every other peripheral system on the motherboard, including RAM, storage, and I/O components. They are a crucial part of your PC, defining not only the connectivity that your PC can support, but also what CPU features you have access to.



The Intel® Z790 Chipset with Unlocked 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors

Z790 Chipset: Delivering a Supercharged Experience for Enthusiasts

The 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors, when paired with the Z790 chipset, deliver the breakthrough performance and features that gamers, creators, and professionals need to work at their best. Optimized for overclocking1 and precision tuning when paired with an unlocked processor, the Z790 chipset empowers you with the control and confidence to choose the best performance and thermal characteristics for the task at hand. Harness the processing power, responsiveness, and connectivity of up to 38 high-speed I/O lanes—including 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and 5 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20G) ports—as well as Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) to take your gaming, content creation, and productivity to the next level.

Intel® Z790 Chipset Features at a Glance


Intel® Z790 Series Chipset3

Chipset PCIe Express4 3.0 Lanes5 Up to 8
Chipset PCIe Express4 4.0 Lanes5 Up to 20
Processor PCIe Lane Configuration Support 1x16+1x4 or 2x8+1x4

x8 Gen4

SATA 3.0 (6 Gb/s) Ports3 Up to 8
USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5G) Ports 10
USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10G) Ports 10
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20G) Ports6 5
Support for 12th and 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors Cross-generation compatibility with additional PCIe lanes and USB ports.
Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD)3 User-friendly way to manage your storage devices that allows direct control and management of NVMe SSDs from the PCIe bus without additional hardware adaptors.
Memory Overclocking1 Support

Enables memory overclocking so that new and experienced users can get more from their unlocked processors.

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 19.x or later

With additional SSDs and hard drives added, helps provide quick access to digital photo, video, and data files, and data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E Support Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) through CNVi and Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) so that you can enjoy uninterrupted, best-in-class wired and wireless connectivity at Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds.7
Intel® Smart Sound Technology Integrated digital signal processor (DSP) for audio offload and audio/voice features.
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2

Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support provides data transfer performance with a design data rate of up to 20 Gb/s.

USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 support provides data transfer performance with a design data rate of up to 10 Gb/s.
USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 support provides data transfer performance with a design data rate of up to 5 Gb/s.
Serial ATA (SATA) 6 Gb/s High-speed storage interface that supports up to 6 Gb/s transfer rates for optimal data access.

Intel® Platform Trust Technology

Integrated chipset hardware and firmware solution that delivers a trusted element of the platform execution to provide enhanced security against viruses and malicious SW attacks.
PCI Express 4.0 Interface Up to 20 PCI Express 4.0 lanes of 16 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking.
PCI Express 3.0 Interface Up to 8 PCI Express 3.0 lanes of 8 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking.
13th Generation Intel® Core™ desktop processor PCI Express 4.0 Interface Intel® Z790 chipset-based platforms enable the processor PCI Express 4.0 lanes to be configurable as 1x4 depending on desktop motherboard designs.

Product and Performance Information


Overclocking Disclaimer: Unlocked features are present with select chipsets and processor combinations. Altering clock frequency or voltage may void any product warranties and reduce stability, security, performance, and life of the processor and other components. Check with system and component manufacturers for details.


Maximum memory speeds are associated with 1 DIMM per Channel (1DPC) configurations. Up to DDR5-5600 MT/s 1DPC UDIMM 1Rx8, 1Rx16 and DDR5-5200 1Rx8, 1Rx16, 2Rx8.


Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Check motherboard vendor for 13th gen compatible BIOS.


Support requires Intel® RST19.x or later drivers.


Maximum lanes/ports available may vary depending on platform implementation.


Requires 2 physical HSIO USB lanes.


‘Best in Class wired and wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi 6’: Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels, enabling the fastest possible theoretical maximum speeds (2402 Mbps) for typical 2x2 802.12ax PC Wi-Fi products. Premium Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable 2-4X faster maximum theoretical speeds compared standard 2x2 (1201 Mbps) or 1x1 (600 Mbps) 802.12ax PC Wi-Fi products, which only support the mandatory requirement of 80 MHz channels. Gigabit Wi-Fi Requirements: To achieve speed of over 1 Gbps requires Gig internet service, router/gateway with either Wi-Fi 6 or 12ac with 160 MHz channel support, and PC with Intel® Wireless 9260/9560 or Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) AX200/AX201.