According to reports, the anticipated launch dates for Intel's Raptor Lake Refresh are mid-October for K-series processors and early January for non-K 14th generation CPUs.
A few days ago, we shared information about the potential performance improvements of Intel's upcoming Raptor Lake Refresh processors, indicating a 4-8% boost in single-threaded performance compared to the 13th gen Raptor Lake chips, along with noticeable enhancements in multi-threaded performance. Now, we have an estimated release date to share. The details come from Enthusiastic Citizen on Bilibili, as reported by VideoCardz. Alongside the release date, Enthusiastic Citizen has disclosed some crucial information about the platform that will be utilized by the 2024 Arrow Lake processors.
According to Enthusiastic Citizen, Intel is expected to launch the standard "K" series CPUs, such as the Core i7-14700K, during the 42nd week of 2023. This timeframe corresponds to October 16 to October 22, suggesting that the unlocked Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs could be available in the middle of October. It is worth noting that Intel released the 13th gen Raptor Lake processors on October 20, 2022, which adds credibility to Enthusiastic Citizen's report.
Furthermore, the leak indicates that Intel will subsequently introduce locked "non-K" processors, potentially at CES 2024, which usually takes place in early January.
Enthusiastic Citizen also mentions that the Core i7-14700K, rumored to feature 8 P-cores and 12 E-cores, might require a BIOS update on existing LGA1700 motherboards due to its new configuration. However, the rest of the Raptor Lake Refresh series is expected to be compatible without necessitating any firmware upgrades.
Lastly, the 2024 Arrow Lake CPUs are anticipated to adopt a new platform, utilizing the Z890, B860, and H810 chipsets. Interestingly, Enthusiastic Citizen suggests that there won't be an H870 chipset for the ARL processors. Previous reports have indicated that the Intel Arrow Lake chips are projected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2024, employing a new LGA1851 socket and potentially featuring up to 40 cores.