Intel Preps Higher Clocked 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs For The Desktop Segment

A large-scale expo like Computex 2023 naturally provides an opportune stage for industry-leading manufacturers and media personalities to exchange information. According to Intel’s schedule, this year is set to witness the introduction of the Raptor Lake Refresh, a minor update to the existing LGA 1700 platform. Under the continued use of Intel’s 7 technology, a suite of optimization measures is anticipated to further augment frequency.

Wccftech reports, after liaising with several motherboards, memory, and cooler providers, that there are burgeoning expectations for the Raptor Lake Refresh. Rumors suggest it might be incarnated as the 14th generation Core processor.

An unveiling by ADATA of its DDR5-6400 CDK memory seems to confirm this speculation indirectly. The new memory, operating at a voltage of 1.1V and a speed of 6400 MT/s, with a CL46 timing, will offer 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities, including versions for both desktop and mobile platforms.

One manufacturer mentioned that Intel has provided a BIOS for next-generation processor support, yet another BIOS will be purposed for processors not yet unveiled. It is possible that the two BIOS versions could support two different chips or architectures. It is understood that some other manufacturers have already commenced AVL/QVL testing for the new version of the memory.

At Computex 2023, some motherboard manufacturers showcased new motherboards that, in addition to offering new connectivity features, have upgraded power supply systems, even explicitly indicating that such designs are intended to support “future” processors with higher power requirements. Given that the power consumption and heat generation of Raptor Lake are already not insignificant, it appears almost certain that the Raptor Lake Refresh will continue on this ascendant trajectory, with manufacturers subtly implying that power consumption will exceed that of the current Core i9-13900KS.

The same architecture, coupled with higher power consumption, implies that the Raptor Lake Refresh will continue to elevate frequency, potentially achieving between 6.2 GHz to 6.5 GHz, which won’t signify any significant difference for the average gamer. It seems that Intel will continue to fine-tune its support for DDR5 memory, leading to even higher corresponding frequencies, and it appears that the 700-series chipset should be capable of supporting the new processor.