According to a recent post by motherboard manufacturer ASRock on Weibo, Intel is set to release its 14th-generation Core processors in October. ASRock has indicated that its 600/700 series motherboards are prepared for the 14th-generation Intel Raptor Lake Refresh processors, and a BIOS upgrade will ensure compatibility.
The upcoming processors are anticipated to present moderate performance enhancements over the current 13th-gen Raptor Lake CPUs. Single-core speeds are projected to be 4-8% faster, while multi-core performance could see an 8-15% boost. Additionally, the new CPUs are expected to support JEDEC standard DDR5 6400 memory, marking an improvement from the previous generation.
While theoretically continuing to support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory, it's believed that DDR5 will fully replace DDR4, with few manufacturers likely to release DDR4-supporting motherboard products.
There's also speculation about Intel working on a new “Intel 300” branding for a dual-core processor, potentially replacing the Pentium and Celeron brands. This dual-core is believed to consist of two Performance cores without any Efficiency cores.
Specifications Unknown, But Details Trickling Through
The 14th-gen Core CPUs, while not revolutionary, seem to be a viable upgrade option over the 12th Gen Alder Lake chips or the current 13th-gen Raptor Lake. While the exact specifications are still unknown, some details have leaked online.
One of the biggest changes is that the new chips will feature higher clock speeds. Each Raptor Lake Refresh chip is expected to have a 200-300 MHz boost clock speed compared to the previous generation. This will give the chips a significant performance boost in single-threaded workloads.
Another major change is that the new chips will have more cores. The upcoming i7 14700K is expected to have 20 cores (8 P-cores + 12 E-cores), compared to the 16-core 13700K and the 12-core 12700K. This will help the chip improve in multi-core workloads like rendering and file compression.