Is Z490 the Right Choice for Your New 11th or 12th Gen Processor?
8 months ago
Is Z490 the Right Choice for Your New 11th or 12th Gen Processor? If you’re looking to upgrade your PC or laptop with the latest in processor technology, then you’ve come to the right place! This guide will help you find out if Z490 motherboards are the right choice for your next PC or laptop, whether it’s 11th Gen (aka Coffee Lake) or 12th Gen (aka Comet Lake). Let’s get started!
What makes the Z490 platform so special?
The Z490 platform is built on a heavy duty design and includes options for 2x M.2 ports, 3 x USB 3.1, 4 x SATA 6GB/s, 7 x Fan headers and Smart Fan 5 support. If that isn’t enough to keep your CPU cool and running fast we don’t know what is! This motherboard gives you everything you need to make your new rig exactly what you want it to be! It also supports up to 128GB of DDR4 memory and can reach speeds up to 3866MHz (O.C).
What new things will I see when I upgrade my processor?
So your shiny new processor is out. Great! If you’re upgrading from a system using an Intel 6th Generation processor, you’ll notice some changes—and we want to help you get up to speed. Check out our top three things to look forward to below
My current system doesn’t meet all of the minimum specifications – what should I do first?
If your computer isn’t equipped with enough processing power to run your desired version of Windows 10, you can buy a new computer or upgrade certain parts. Most users will find it easier and more cost-effective to purchase a new PC than to build their own, so that’s what we recommend most often. The specific components you choose will depend on how powerful your current system is and how much money you want to spend, but you should be able to find an affordable pre-built unit from one of our partners without too much trouble. For example, Dell offers several low-cost desktops in various sizes and configurations that meet or exceed all minimum requirements for any version of Windows 10, including 15-inch laptops running on Intel Celeron processors.
How can I save time while upgrading to a new system that is fully ready for Gen11 and Gen12 processors?
It’s time to upgrade your current system to a new one, but you have doubts if it can run with next generation processors. Don’t worry! You don’t need to wait any longer. With our new Sager NP8268 System, we are introducing an all-in-one solution which is fully ready for Gen11 and Gen12 Intel® CoreTM desktop processors. The whole package includes: latest 9th gen Intel® CoreTM desktop processor (up to i9-9900K), support of up to 32GB DDR4 memory, USB 3.1 Type C port (GEN2) with ThunderboltTM 3, M.2 SSD slot and more cooling fans etc.. Get ready and start game faster than ever before!
How can I keep my valuable data safe during this process?
There are many pieces of data that may be stored on your old motherboard, including emails, photos, documents and social media accounts. You may want to back up all of that information from your old laptop before you put it in a recycle bin. If you choose to do a fresh installation of Windows with your new PC, you should go into your laptop's BIOS settings and change its boot order to place CD first (instead of USB drive) so that it boots from CD first when restarting. That way, if something goes wrong with Windows install on your new PC, you can boot up using installation media and return everything back to normal without having any permanent issues with data loss.
How do I backup my data before upgrading my OS/software drivers/utilities to support 10th generation processors?
If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 10 with your new Intel® CoreTM processor, we recommend backing up your data. To back up your data, follow these steps: Click on Settings then select Update & Security. Click on Backup (under Backup and Restore). Select your preferred backup location and ensure that Save my settings is selected so that all of your Windows settings and apps are backed up.
Restoring factory settings will not affect any of your personal files but will clear system changes made by applications such as Microsoft* Office, 3rd party security software, antivirus programs, etc. If you don't want to backup prior to updating drivers/utilities then you can try doing a clean install after you receive drivers updates from manufactures support site.