MSI has posted a video on its YouTube channel confirming some of the features of the upcoming Intel Raptor Lake-S Refresh processors as well as the updated LGA 1700 platform. The release was apparently premature and the video was removed shortly thereafter.
Data provided by MSI confirms that the updated 14th generation Intel Core processors (Raptor Lake-S Refresh) have not undergone any significant changes. The only exception is a K-series model, which received an increased number of energy-efficient cores. We’re talking about the Core i7-14700K, which will offer 12 energy-efficient cores, while the Core i7-13700K only had eight.
The number of productive P cores and energy-efficient E cores in the flagship Core i9-14900K and in the mid-range model Core i5-14600K remained the same. The former offers an 8P+16E core configuration, while the latter offers 6P+8E cores, just like the Core i9-13900K and Core i5-13600K respectively.
The Raptor Lake-S Refresh processors are built using the same 10nm Intel 7 process as current Raptor Lake models. The main difference between the new products will be support for faster DDR5 memory. The size of the L3 cache memory and the maximum frequencies are also increased slightly.
MSI also confirmed that the Raptor Lake-S Refresh will only be 3% faster on average than the current generation of Intel processors. Only the Core i7-14700K will get a noticeable increase in multi-threaded performance in the form of 17%, which is explained by the increased number of E cores.
Intel will officially unveil the Raptor Lake-S Refresh processors in September at the Innovation 2023 event. Only models from the K and KF series are expected to be announced, with a nominal TDP of 125 W. Models without the K and KF suffixes with a TDP of 65 W will have to wait until early next year.