ASRock recently announced support for 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs on most of its current 600 series motherboard lineup, including the Z690, H670, B660 and H610 models. Although not yet released, it is already possible to use next-generation processors on motherboards with a BIOS update.
Speaking of release date, months ago, engineering sample Raptor Lake chips are already starting to go on sale. We don’t have any definitive information on the official announcement, but if the rumors are to be believed, a launch will take place this quarter.
Intel’s LGA 1700 platform will support two series, both current 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs and upcoming 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors. As always, you will need to update the BIOS to use the next generation chips. It will take time for motherboard manufacturers to offer products with updated BIOS.
You may want to build a new Raptor Lake system from scratch. ASRock offers BIOS flashback support with most 600 series motherboards. Thanks to this feature, it is possible to update UEFI/BIOS without installing a CPU or memory on the motherboard. As you know, similar features are offered by manufacturers such as MSI and ASUS, but not for all motherboard models.
The 13th Gen Raptor Lake is said to launch this year alongside AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs. Although we have limited information about Raptor Lake, we publish news from time to time. However, current rumors suggest that Raptor Lake may be 20% faster compared to the Alder Lake family. The new generation chips will have more efficiency cores (E-Core) than the current generation and we expect it to go up to higher clock speeds. In fact, a frequency such as 6 GHz was mentioned in a leak.