The generation of the Core family that will be utilised by the upcoming Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs appears to be generating some confusion, with rumours suggesting the use of the 14th Gen branding. According to leaker Golden Pig Upgrade, the rumours that the Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs might still be included in the 13th Gen Desktop family are untrue and will actually be included in the 14th Gen Desktop family.
The 14th Gen lineup will feature Meteor Lake CPUs, according to recent documentation leaks, though it isn’t specified whether this refers to the desktop or laptop lineup. Intel’s 13th Gen desktop and mobile lineup included both Alder Lake and Raptor Lake CPUs.
Intel’s 14th generation includes Meteor Lake and Raptor Lake refreshes mixed together.
To further complicate matters, it appears that the desktop SKUs will only contain Raptor Lake-refreshed components, while the laptop parts may be the only family to use Meteor Lake SKUs. This is consistent with earlier rumours claiming that Intel would not be releasing Meteor Lake CPUs for desktop computers.
While maintaining compatibility with the current LGA 1700/1800 motherboards, the Intel Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs will still use the “Intel 7” process node and adopt minor optimisations like faster clocks and other things.
According to some rumours, the lineup may provide a further improvement in multi-threading performance and make use of even very large cache pools. There has been no official confirmation of the DLVR (Digital Voltage Regulator) being housed within the Raptor Lake Refresh chips, which were anticipated for the non-refresh family.
All consumer and entry-level workstation platforms with 35W, 65W, and 125W SKUs will be part of the lineup. We now know that Intel’s Raptor Lake refresh will only serve as a stopgap measure until the true next-generation components appear, much like Emerald Rapids-SP.
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