Intel Raptor Lake Refresh release date reportedly set for mid-October for K-series and early January for non-K 14th gen CPUs
We reported a few days ago that the Intel Raptor Lake Refresh could bring a 4-8% increase in single-threaded performance over the 13th gen Intel Raptor Lake chips alongside a noticeable uptick in multi-threaded performance. Today, we finally have a release date estimate. The report comes to us courtesy of Enthusiastic Citizen on Bilibili (via VideoCardz). Aside from the release date, Enthusiastic Citizen has also revealed some key details regarding the platform that the 2024 Arrow Lake processors will use.
Starting with the Raptor Lake Refresh (RPL-R), Enthusiastic Citizen alleges that Intel will release the standard “K” series CPUs like the Core i7-14700K in the 42nd week of 2023. Since the 42nd week starts on October 16 and continues till October 22, we can see the unlocked RPL-R CPUs launch in the middle of October. For reference, Intel launched the 13th gen Raptor Lake processors on October 20 2022, so the chances are high that Enthusiastic Citizen’s report is legit.
Moving on, the leak also suggests that Intel will follow the unlocked K chips with locked “non-K” processors that could show up in early January at CES 2024.
Additionally, Enthusiastic Citizen reports that the Core i7-14700K which could pack 8 P-cores and 12 E-cores may require a BIOS update on existing LGA1700 motherboards to work, as it is a new configuration. The rest of the RPL-R series could just slot right in without requiring any firmware upgrades.
Finally, the 2024 Arrow Lake CPUs will supposedly use a new platform with the Z890, B860, and H810 chipsets. Enthusiastic Citizen claims that there won’t be an H870 chipset for the ARL processors. Past reports have suggested that the Intel Arrow Lake chips are expected to launch in Q4 2024, use a new LGA1851 socket, and could pack as many as 40 cores.