intel logo Intels first Z68 board model names leaked

Intel have been anything but forthcoming with details about its upcoming Z68 chipset, but VR-Zone can now as first publication give you the model names of Intel's own brand Z68 chipset motherboards. Intel is planning two models at launch and they're placed in the extreme and media motherboard sections in Intel's line-up.

Intel have been anything but forthcoming with details about its upcoming Z68 chipset, but VR-Zone can now as first publication give you the model names of Intel's own brand Z68 chipset motherboards. Intel is planning two models at launch and they're placed in the extreme and media motherboard sections in Intel's line-up.

Sadly we don't have a ton of detail's at hand, but we wouldn't expect it to be too long until the first real solid details will start to appear. What we do know is that the top of the line model will be called the DZ68BC and the slightly lower-end media board will go under the name of DZ68DB. Both of the boards are expected to arrive in the second half of this year according to roadmap details we've seen. However, the chipset should launch some time in Q2 alongside Intel's budget H61 chipset.

This suggests that there won't be too many Z68 boards on display at CeBIT in March, although there ought to be plenty of boards on display at Computex which starts on the 31st of May. The slide that leaked some time ago detailing the specifications of the Z68 proved to be the real deal and nothing has changed in terms of chipset features since then. We would like to point out one small thing though, the Z68 chipset won't support SSD caching from day one, as this is a feature that will rely upon Intel's Rapid Storage Technology drivers which will only add SSD caching in release 10.5. This would also require a firmware upgrade for the Intel SATA controller, but this would be part of a BIOS upgrade for the Z68 motherboards.