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Intel 14th-gen socket, motherboard chipset, and memory rumors

New BIOS updates on LGA1700 motherboards suggest socket, chipset, and memory support for future CPU lineup based on Intel Raptor Lake refresh.

Motherboard manufacturers Asus and ASRock have now issued BIOS updates for some of their LGA1700 motherboards, which add support for next-generation processors, suggesting they will be able to run the forthcoming new range of Intel 14th-gen CPUs.

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ASRock has now made a BIOS update available for the ASRock B760M PG Sonic WiFi motherboard, for example, with ‘support for next-generation processors’ listed in the description, as spotted by Twitter user @momomo_us.

Meanwhile, several BIOS updates have appeared for Asus motherboards, including the Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero, which is on our guide to the best Intel Z790 motherboard. The notes here say that the latest BIOS update will ‘Improve system stability and compatibility for the next-gen processors.’ You can grab the BIOS update here.

The move comes shortly after a round of Gigabyte BIOS updates suggested that Intel 14th-gen CPUs use the LGA1700 socket, and will also support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory. The next lineup of Intel desktop processors is widely touted to use a refresh of its existing 13th-gen Raptor Lake architecture, rather than the forthcoming Meteor Lake architecture, due to manufacturing delays.

Asus 14th-gen BIOS updatr

However, Intel has also stated that it will no longer use ‘generational messaging’ after it confirmed it planned to drop the ‘i’ from its Core branding. As such, these new Raptor Lake refresh CPUs may not be officially called ’14th-gen’ CPUs, although they’re likely to have the number ’14’ in their model names. You can read all the latest information about the socket, chipsets, and memory that’s likely to support Raptor Lake refresh CPUs below.

Intel 14th-gen socket

Intel 14th-gen CPUs are likely to use the LGA1700 socket.

Several major motherboard manufacturers have now issued BIOS updates for next-generation processors for motherboards based on this socket, including both 12th-gen Alder Lake and 13th-gen Raptor Lake models.

Intel LGA1700 CPU socket

Intel 14th-gen chipset

Intel 14th-gen CPUs look like they will be compatible with B660, B760, Z760, and Z790 motherboard chipsets.

Asus, ASRock, and Gigabyte have now added support for next-generation processors to motherboards based on all these chipsets. As long as your motherboard has a BIOS update, it should be able to run these processors. If you want to run a 14th gen Intel CPU on a 12th gen or 13th gen Intel motherboard, make sure you read our full guide on how to flash your BIOS.

Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero

Intel 14th-gen memory

Intel 14th-gen CPUs look set to support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory.

Much like their 12th-gen and 13th-gen predecessors, it looks as though the Intel 14th-gen lineup will run on both DDR4 and DDR5 memory. Gigabyte has already issued BIOS updates for both DDR4 and DDR5 LGA1700 motherboards that support next-generation processors.

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If you’re looking to buy a new CPU in the meantime, make sure you read our guide to the best gaming CPU, where we run you through the best options, whatever your needs and budget. One of our favorites from Intel’s current Raptor Lake lineup is the Core i5-13600K, which is fast and affordable, and you can read our full guide on how to overclock the Core i5-13600K as well.

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