Motherboard makers have started gradually preparing for the release of Intel’s updated Raptor Lake Refresh series. Observant netizens found out that ASUS and ASRock recently released the latest BIOS firmware for some models of their motherboards with an LGA 1700 processor socket.
Notably, over two weeks ago, Gigabyte began releasing Raptor Lake Refresh-enabled BIOSes for select board models. It should be noted right away that none of the manufacturers in the attached description of the new BIOS version for a specific motherboard says that these are Raptor Lake Refresh processors. However, the description of each firmware states “Compatibility with the next generation of Intel processors” or “Support for new Intel processors”. These are not just boards with fresh Intel chipsets from the 700 series, but also models from the 600 chipset series.
Intel itself has not yet said anything about the 14th generation of the Core desktop processors, which are to replace the current Raptor Lake models. However, numerous rumors claim that the company will not release desktop models of Meteor Lake S chips, but will limit itself to mobile processors. Thus, a full-fledged new generation of desktop chips from Intel will have to wait at least until the release of the Arrow Lake S series, which will take place in the fourth quarter of 2024 or the first quarter of 2025 at the earliest.
As for the Raptor Lake refresh, according to the same rumors, K versions of processors with overclocking support will be announced in October, while models without the “K” suffix are expected for late November or early December this year. The updated series is expected to feature powerful Core HX mobile chips alongside the desktop Raptor Lake S Refresh models.
Intel itself has not yet commented on a possible release of the Raptor Lake Refresh chips.