Everything You Need to Know About Z590 and 12th Gen
9 months ago
If you’re in the market for a new desktop computer, you might be wondering if the current HP Z590 models can take advantage of new 12th Gen Intel processors. While it’s true that these two models are now several years old, the answer is yes! Here’s everything you need to know about the Z590 and 12th Gen so you can make an informed decision about whether this powerhouse of an all-in-one (AIO) machine can work with your future plans. This guide answers questions like: Does the processor matter? How well will this machine support 12th Gen features?
What does z590 support
The z5 Series is designed with support for processors running on either 7th or 8th generation, including some upcoming 9th gen chips. (Gen stands for generational, and each release of new CPUs comes with a new name.) Intel has been rolling out H variants of its Coffee Lake CPU line-up, which are typically associated with laptops but will fit in desktop PCs as well. The H-line so far includes three models: The i5-9600KH, i7-9700KH, and i9-9900KH. Each of these processors has six cores.
What is AMD 12nm Zen+ technology
The biggest upgrade AMD is making with Zen+ is a move from GlobalFoundries' 14nm FinFET process to their next-generation 7nm process. That shift makes it possible for AMD to improve both clock speeds and power consumption, not just lower or flatten their TDP. The second half of that sentence may sound familiar, because it was around last year when AMD announced they were skipping 10nm entirely in favor of moving straight from 14nm to 7nm. This time, though, AMD's actually following through on that plan. It'll be interesting to see how performance improves over last generation now that clock speeds are also increasing thanks in part to an upgraded memory controller as well as lower power draw thanks in part to die shrinks.
Where can I buy it?
In most places that carry 12th gen processors, you’ll also find z5xx processors. Many retailers should still have stock available, so check with your local computer store or place an order online if you can’t find what you need locally. The HP Pavilion 590-p0006 is a great device for novice gamers on a budget. It offers a lot of power for under $500, making it a solid investment if gaming isn’t your main focus but you want something fast enough to keep up with some of today’s newer games—though that speed comes at an overall cost when it comes to visual quality.
Should I upgrade my cpu/gpu for z590?
Sure! If you have an old computer with an old version of Windows, upgrading your processor will let you do more things at once. The same goes for memory—if your current computer can’t open as many tabs in Chrome or run a Photoshop file quickly enough, buying some more RAM could be worth it. Is there a notable difference between new hardware and older hardware? Sure! But is it going to revolutionize how well your computer performs in every situation? Probably not.
How should I upgrade my old motherboard for z590?
If you have an older motherboard, upgrading it isn’t as simple as just throwing a new one in. Your board has specific requirements, including processor socket compatibility, number of RAM slots available, your particular graphics card if any, size of hard drive bays—the list goes on. For example, if you have an AM3+ motherboard like we do here at TNW Deals HQ (it’s pictured above), you can't just replace it with a LGA1151-based board. No way! There are many more considerations when upgrading a motherboard than people might think; thankfully there are online guides that explain each step in detail. To upgrade properly (and safely), be sure to read through these guides before purchasing your new parts.
Do I need new RAM memory for z590 (DDR4)?
DDR4 is backwards compatible with DDR3, so you don’t need to worry about purchasing new RAM. But it’s a good idea to always use memory that supports your chipset; motherboards will usually support both RAM types. Check your motherboard manual for more information about what type of memory you can use. If you have questions, call up manufacturer support (usually listed on your BIOS screen). Good luck!
Is there any performance difference between DDR4 vs DDR3L?
At first glance, it seems like DDR4 is simply a newer version of DDR3. But in fact, they’re quite different from each other. They use different types of RAM chips, for one thing—DDR4 uses 1Rx8 or 1Rx16 memory chips and DDR3L uses 1Rx8 or 2Rx8 memory chips. There are more pins on a DDR4 chip than on a DDR3L chip (168 versus just 144), which enables faster data transfer speeds between RAM and a computer’s processor.
Are there other cooling options than Cooler Master stock cooler?
Instead of using a stock cooler, consider using a premium third-party cooler. These will provide greater cooling performance, allowing you to overclock more aggressively. However, due to thermal constraints, these won't always be compatible with your CPU; so it's important to double check before making a purchase. For example, many 12th generation CPUs will work with existing 9th generation coolers (but not vice versa). This means that there are still some good deals out there on older 9th gen products like Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition , which is still one of our top recommendations for budget overclocking coolers. And if you need something newer?
What is the maximum ram support on Z5xx series APU board (Ryzen 2400G)?
We have tested with 16GB RAM. Other configurations not tested, but should work if in similar ranges of RAM supported by 6-gen APU boards. Keep in mind that you will likely have memory mapping issues at 24GB+ DRAM due to CCC max ram limit at 4G on AM4 platform. These will be worked out by OEM's over time as they figure out how these will work in real-world implementations. (For example I know Gigabyte is already working on a fix for upcoming boards). All other standard components are backwards compatible.