What will be considered as one other signal that Intel’s thirteenth Gen Core processors primarily based on Raptor Lake will not be too far across the bend, ASUS has introduced BIOS updates for almost two dozen of its 600-series fashions to assist the next-gen CPUs. They’re all primarily based on Intel’s Z690 chipset, although we think about different 600-series fashions will not be far behind.
We say this as a result of, as we wrote about final week, ASRock has additionally gotten a bounce on Intel’s next-gen processors with BIOS updates of its personal. ASRock has made out there BIOS updates for a bunch of its Z690 motherboards, but additionally a number of H670, B660, and H610 boards as properly. In whole, there are 46 ASRock motherboards that already assist Raptor Lake.
By our depend, ASUS upgraded 23 of its Z690 motherboards “for a new wave of Intel CPUs.” Like ASRock, ASUS would not particularly point out “Raptor Lake” or “13th Gen,” however does implicitly point out that its newest firmware releases “support the next-gen Intel processors.” That might solely be Raptor Lake.
Here are the boards which are prepared for Raptor Lake…
Some issues to notice right here. Bear in thoughts that when updating the BIOS, you could have to re-input any customized settings. Save profiled may very well be wiped too, although you will get round that by exporting them to a USB drive after which importing them again after you’ve got up to date. That stated, in the event you plan on upgrading to Raptor Lake on one in every of these boards, you may wish to have the BIOS in place first.
The motive you are able to do it’s because Intel confirmed that Raptor Lake can be drop-in appropriate with present Alder Lake motherboards. You’ll miss out on no matter upgrades Intel’s inevitable 700 collection chipsets carry to the desk, however a platform overhaul will not be mandatory in the event you’re already working Alder Lake.
Intel has additionally confirmed that Raptor Lake will go as much as 24 cores and 32 threads on the high finish, in comparison with Alder Lake maxing out at 16 cores and 24 threads. Those further cores on Raptor Lake are E-cores, with high configurations providing 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores (the previous of which assist Hyper Threading).
Raptor Lake will ship a double digit efficiency improve over Alder Lake, Intel claims. In addition, Intel is touting “enhanced overclocking features” with its next-gen CPUs.