It looks as though there won’t be a new Intel 14th-gen motherboard chipset to coincide with the launch of the new processors later this year, with the next range of Intel motherboards instead being based on the old Z790 and B760 chipsets.
A Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) filing by Gigabyte reveals the model names of several upcoming Intel motherboards, which feature an ‘X at the end of their names to denote that they’re a new model, but also the names of the chipsets.
The filing was spotted by Twitter user momomo_us, and it suggests that Gigabyte’s forthcoming Intel 14th-gen motherboards will be updates of its existing boards, which were originally made for CPUs based on the 13th-gen Intel Raptor Lake architecture, such as the Intel Core i5-13700K.
This would make perfect sense if, as widely rumored, Intel’s 14th-gen CPUs are indeed a Raptor Lake refresh, and not based on the forthcoming Meteor Lake architecture. It already looks highly likely that the Intel 14th-gen socket is LGA1700, and that the CPUs will support DDR4 and DDR5 memory. If this is true, the chipset is basically going to be doing the same job for both 13th-gen and 14th-gen Intel CPUs.
This follows BIOS updates from Gigabyte, Asus, and ASRock for established LGA1700 motherboards, with the company’s stating that the updates support ‘next-gen’ Intel CPUs. The updates cover boards that support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory.
Buying an updated motherboard will ensure you don’t need to mess around with flashing your BIOS in order to get a new CPU working, but it’s also likely that the old motherboards will come down in price. If you’re happy to flash your BIOS, you could be able to snap up a cheap motherboard that supports Intel’s new CPUs in the future. You can read our guide to the best Z790 motherboard to see our current top picks.
This is the list of new Gigabyte Intel motherboards:
- Gigabyte B760M Aorus Elite X AX
- Gigabyte B760M YT Pioneer WiFi
- Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite X AX
- Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Tachyon X
- Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Xtreme X
- Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Master X
- Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Pro X
- Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite X WiFi7
While we’re talking about Intel 14th-gen gear, it’s also worth remembering that Intel says 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.
If you’re in the market for a new CPU in the meantime, have a read through 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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