Intel’s next generation CPU plans have been a topic of discussion among tech enthusiasts for a while now. While several rumors were doing the rounds, the crystal ball has been a bit opaque when it comes to predicting Intel’s next generation CPU plans. However, a new rumor has emerged that suggests Intel’s 14th Gen CPU could be released in October, right in time for the holiday buying season.
Rumored Release Date and Features
Chinese leaker ECSM has suggested that Intel’s 14th Gen CPU could be released in October, this year. The release will follow Intel’s traditional release cadence, beginning with the release of K-series SKUs in October, with non-K models to follow towards the end of the year, just in time for the Christmas buying season. The leaker also suggests that there’s a new 8 performance +12 efficiency core model to fill the gap between the 8P+8E 13700 and 8P+16E 13900 models.
While we can expect higher clocks, even higher than those of the i9 13900KS, and a better memory controller, it is disappointing to hear rumors of increased power consumption too. This would be disappointing given the cooling and power requirements of current 13th gen chips, or at least the enthusiast class ones. However, chips like the i5 13400 are delivering awesome efficiency, so we shouldn’t expect too much in the way of performance improvement from a Raptor Lake refresh.
Abandoned Plans and Future Plans
Intel has almost certainly abandoned Meteor Lake for desktops in favor of a refreshed Raptor Lake, which is itself a refresh of 12th Gen Alder Lake. They will presumably earn the 14th Gen moniker. The cancellation of Meteor Lake-S for desktops is disappointing for those enthusiasts looking forward to Intel’s radically different tile-based architecture, the true Alder Lake successor. However, a Raptor Lake refresh would appear to be an interim solution to fill the gap before Arrow Lake desktop processors appear about 18 months from now.
A welcome piece of news is that Raptor Lake refresh chips will drop into 700 series motherboards with just a BIOS update. This means a 14th Gen chip could provide quite an upgrade for those with 12th Gen chips. Those looking for a new 700-series motherboard will have some options too, with new feature-rich models inbound.
The release of Intel’s 14th Gen CPU in October is great news for tech enthusiasts and shoppers alike. While the cancellation of Meteor Lake-S for desktops is disappointing, a Raptor Lake refresh would fill the gap before Arrow Lake desktop processors appear in 2024 or 2025. The new 8 performance +12 efficiency core model will also provide an upgrade for those with 12th Gen chips. We can expect higher clocks and a better memory controller, but rumors of increased power consumption are disappointing. Overall, the release of Intel’s 14th Gen CPU will be eagerly awaited by tech enthusiasts and shoppers alike.