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Intel 14th-gen CPUs look set to run on DDR4 LGA1700 motherboards

BIOS updates on Gigabyte 12th-gen motherboards with LGA1700 socket show support for a next generation Intel processor, which could be the Raptor Lake refresh.

Intel 14th-gen mockup - not a real CPU

It looks like the forthcoming Intel 14th-gen CPU range will use the LGA1700 socket on motherboards, including 12th-gen models based on 600-series chipsets, such as Z690 and B660, as well as newer Z790 motherboards. Not only that, but it also looks as though they will support DDR4 memory, as well as DDR5, like their 12th-gen and 13th-gen predecessors.

According to the rumor mill, Intel’s forthcoming range of 14th-gen CPUs (the picture above is just a Photoshop job, in case there was any doubt) will be based on a refresh of the 13th-gen Intel Raptor Lake architecture, rather than the brand new Meteor Lake architecture. What’s more, a round of recent Gigabyte motherboard BIOS updates appears to confirm this.

For example, if you go to the download page for the Gigabyte B660 Aorus Master DDR4 here, the top entry is for a recently issued F23a BIOS, which states that the update ‘supports and powers up Intel next generation processor.’ The same listing is found in the latest BIOS for the DDR5 version of the board too. If you want to get an old 12th gen motherboard ready for Intel 14th gen CPUs, make sure you read our full guide on how to flash your BIOS.

If these ‘next generation processor’ models are indeed the 14th-gen Raptor Lake refresh that’s rumored, this is an unusual move for Intel. You usually only get two CPU upgrade cycles (a tick and a tock) before you need to buy a new motherboard to run the latest CPUs.

Gigabyte next gen Intel BIOS listing

However, the longevity of the AMD Socket AM4 platform showed that one socket could last for several generations, spanning the first-gen Ryzen CPUs all the way up to Zen 3 CPUs, such as the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D.

While it’s disappointing that the next generation of Intel CPUs looks like it won’t use the Meteor Lake architecture yet, this is potentially good news for upgraders. It means you could easily upgrade your 12th-gen Alder Lake system to a new 14th-gen CPU, and also still use your old DDR4 memory.

If you’re looking to upgrade your CPU now, make sure you also check out our full guide to the best gaming CPU, where we run you through your best options whatever your needs and budget. One of our favorites from Intel’s current lineup is the Intel Core i5-13600K. If you’re looking to hop on the Raptor Lake bus, then make sure you also read our guide to the best Intel Z790 motherboard.

If we do indeed get a Raptor Lake refresh yet, will you be keen to upgrade your LGA1700 system to a new CPU? Let us know your thoughts on the Custom PC Facebook page, via Twitter, or join our Custom PC and Gaming Setup Facebook group and tap into the knowledge of our 390,000+ members.