So, with all the hype around AL and comparing my existing setup leads me to a debacle of sorts. I have the following setup in a mATX Node 804: ================================================================================== Machine: Type: Desktop Mobo: ASRock model: Z390M Pro4 CPU: Info: 6-Core model: Intel Core i7-8700K Graphics: Device-1: Intel CometLake-S GT2 [UHD Graphics 630] driver: i915 v: kernel Device-2: Conexant Systems CX23887/8 PCIe Broadcast Audio and Video Decoder with 3D Comb driver: cx23885 v: 0.0.4 Device-3: Conexant Systems CX23887/8 PCIe Broadcast Audio and Video Decoder with 3D Comb driver: cx23885 v: 0.0.4 Display: server: X.org 1.20.13 driver: loaded: mode setting tty: 202x50 Message: Advanced graphics data unavailable in console for root. Network: Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-V driver: e1000e IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: a2:9d:8a:e8:39:2a Device-2: Aquantia AQC111 NBase-T/IEEE 802.3bz Ethernet [AQtion] driver: atlantic IF: enp5s0 state: up speed: 2500 Mbps duplex: full mac: 24:5e:be:4d:c4:53 Device-3: Aquantia AQC111 NBase-T/IEEE 802.3bz Ethernet [AQtion] driver: atlantic IF: enp6s0 state: down mac: 24:5e:be:4d:c4:54 Device-4: Aquantia AQC111 NBase-T/IEEE 802.3bz Ethernet [AQtion] driver: atlantic IF: enp8s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: a2:9d:8a:e8:39:2a Device-5: Aquantia AQC111 NBase-T/IEEE 802.3bz Ethernet [AQtion] driver: atlantic IF: enp9s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: a2:9d:8a:e8:39:2a Drives: Local Storage: total: raw: 36.62 TiB usable: 18.43 TiB used: 7.36 TiB (40.0%) ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Samsung model: MZVPW256HEGL-000H1 size: 238.47 GiB ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD80EZAZ-11TDBA0 size: 7.28 TiB ID-3: /dev/sdb vendor: Western Digital model: WD80EZAZ-11TDBA0 size: 7.28 TiB ID-4: /dev/sdc vendor: Western Digital model: WD80EZAZ-11TDBA0 size: 7.28 TiB ID-5: /dev/sdd vendor: Western Digital model: WD80EZAZ-11TDBA0 size: 7.28 TiB ID-6: /dev/sde vendor: Western Digital model: WD80EZAZ-11TDBA0 size: 7.28 TiB Memory: 15.29 GiB used: 3.03 GiB (19.8%) ================================================================================== I like my 804 as it's sleek and compact(ish) compared to the ATX case builds I've done with the 8700K since inception. I've been through 3 cases / MOBO since starting this journey and finally have a setup I like for: Router / WIFI / FW HTPC / DVR / OTA NAS So, looking through the mATX MOBO offerings they're almost nill at this point for AL CPU's. There's 4 that I've been able to pin down and they all have trade offs between SATA ports to PCI slots and only 1 supports DDR5. Of course for every 1 there's 2 options w/ or w/o WIFI built in. ROG STRIX Z690-G GAMING WIFI $350 If I open things up to the ATX mid tower sizing the options go to 5 MSI PRO Z690-A A $220 MAG Z690 TORPEDO $0.00 ASUS Z690-F ROG $399 MSI Z690 MPG Carbon $399 ASRock Z690 PG Velocita LGA $469 Then there's some cheaper options $239-$325 but they only have 4 SATA ports which would leave 1 drive out of service in my Raid setup. https://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/VzWzK8,dQBG3C,xwjBD3/ I could pick up a M.2 SATA 5 port adapter for $50 which on these mATX boards makes more sense to leave a PCI slot open if you can since you only have a max of 3 available in the format. So, New CPU = new cooler and from what I've been seeing it sounds best to make the leap from Air to LC based on the increased power demands to 125W for the 12700K from the 8700K. That's another ~$95 ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 be quiet! BW006 Pure Loop 240mm Then switching out the case leads to another ~$150 Fractal Design Meshify 2 / FD-C-MES2A-01 Fractal Design Define 7 / FD-C-DEF7A-07 If we're doing this right then a new set of DDR5 / NVME Crucial 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR5-4800 $125 PNY CS3140 1 TB $173 ================================================================================== The whole ports / performance thing got me thinking about converting from the 5xHDD's to 2 8TB N?VME drives or some sort of AIC with multiple drives being placed onto the card. Prices / reliability over 2TB are either high cost and quick death (within a year) or running into needing a system with bifurcation on he PCI slots being configurable from the BIOS //OR// there's a HighPoint card that can bypass the need but, it's $1000 which doesn't make sense fiscally. I'm thinking there's a way around the bifurcation need though with the changes beyond PCI 3. I just haven't found a good example to confirm my suspicions as there are other 4 drives AIC's for ~$100. I mean the math is easy 4x4 = x16. The performance boost we're talking about here is: 50% on the CPU 4 x >> PCI 5 1.5X >> DDR5 NVME 4-5X the boost or in real world probably 2-3X I looked into Rocket Lake just for comparison purposes and it's significantly cheaper but leaves 25% of the gains on the table in terms of speed boosts noted above. Time to see how thigs play out with the release 11/4 0600PT. These are all preliminary pricing that's currently posted and surely will swing like a pendulum as the frenzy begins like chum in the water // holiday deals coming out.