Motherboard makers straight away are collectively like, ‘YOU get a BIOS update, YOU get a BIOS update, YOU get BIOS update’, and, effectively, you get the thought. The purpose for the inflow of firmware upgrades is to get at this time’s current platforms prepared for tomorrow’s CPUs, these being Intel’s next-gen Raptor Lake lineup sporting drop-in compatibility with Alder Lake.
Raptor Lake shouldn’t be actually releasing “tomorrow,” by the way in which, however earlier than the top of the 12 months. Intel has not but introduced an precisely launch date, however on condition that 4 main gamers within the motherboard market are both already pushing out up to date firmware to help Raptor Lake or quickly shall be, a proper launch is not seemingly all that far behind.
As we beforehand reported, ASRock, ASUS, and MSI have all begun rolling out BIOS updates for current 600 sequence motherboards, and now Gigabyte has introduced it can observe swimsuit someday quickly. this presumably consists of its Aorus branded motherboards (kind of akin to the Republic of Gamers division at ASUS).
“Gigabyte has been working closely with Intel to provide users the optimal performance, compatibility, and user experiences. Along with the coming new generation Intel Core processors, Gigabyte R&D team has prepared well-verified BIOS code exclusively for Z690, B660, and H610 motherboards. This ensures users a perfect articulation for platform upgrade once the new processor hit the market,” Gigabyte states.
What’s attention-grabbing is that each one 4 aforementioned motherboard makers reference help for Intel’s next-gen CPUs, however none of them particularly say “13th Gen” or “Raptor Lake” of their bulletins. Perhaps that is on the steering of Intel, although even Intel has publicly talked about Raptor Lake on a number of events.
Regardless, we all know that is what these BIOS updates are supposed to handle. According to Intel, Raptor Lake will ship as much as a double-digit efficiency increase over Alder Lake. Part of that can come by means of doubling the variety of E-cores on the high finish, with Raptor Lake being supplied in as much as 24-core/32-thread configurations consisting of 8 P-core and 16 E-cores.
Intel has additionally referenced “enhanced overclocking features”  and an AI M.2 module, which shall be some kind of AI compute accelerator that slots into an M.2 socket.
Raptor Lake would be the final to make use of the Intel 7 node because it shifts to Intel 4 for Meteor Lake in 2023, Intel 20A for Arrow Lake in 2024, and Intel 18A for Lunar Lake.