Intel reveals details on Meteor Lake, how future CPUs will be made, and its process strategy for the future
Intel may be on the verge of a comeback, though it will take a little more time to see to fruition.
At this year's Intel Innovation event, Intel released some key (though not completely unexpected) details about its next-generation Meteor Lake chips, which are coming to next-generation laptops in 2024. While Intel isn't bringing these to the desktop, this is one of the most exciting generations of Intel hardware in recent years. In fact, Meteor Lake is the pipe cleaner that will make the way for Intel's CPUs across several segments, from laptops to desktop to the datacenter to AI.
The next-gen CPUs will be announced next week.
Intel is expected to announce its 14th-gen Core 'Raptor Lake Refresh' desktop processors at its Innovation 2023 event on September 19 before making them available for purchase on October 17. Multiple leaks over the past few weeks have already revealed much of their key specifications, including clock speeds, core configurations, TDPs, and more. The latest leak now gives us an insight into their probable pricing, and there's both good news and bad for potential buyers.
Thunderbolt 5 will bring big improvements including support for up to three 4K 144Hz displays and 240W charging.
Intel has been teasing Thunderbolt 5 for nearly a year now, but today, the company has finally fully unveiled the technology. Thunderbolt 5 will deliver up to a 120Gbps bandwidth, three times more than Thunderbolt 4, with support for more and faster displays as well as more powerful charging capabilities, all using a single cable.
The Raptor Lake Refresh lineup will be announced next week.
Intel is set to announce its 14th-gen Core 'Raptor Lake Refresh' desktop processors later this month as an iterative upgrade over last year's Raptor Lake lineup. Much has already been leaked about the upcoming processors, including the names and key specifications of most of the top-end SKUs like the Core i9-14900K that's expected to be the new flagship. Now, a new leak claims that the new CPUs will be available for purchase from next month.
Want a premium Intel gaming PC? Here are some great parts you can buy to begin building.
Despite the launch of AMD's new Ryzen 7000 CPUs, Intel is managing to keep up and offer enticing options for the entire PC market. While Intel's high-end Core i9-13900K and Core i7-13700K are certainly fast CPUs and are great for top-end PCs, they're not really required to make a PC that's worthy of being called premium. In this guide, I'll show you what kind of components you're going to want when building an Intel gaming PC using the company's latest 13th-generation hardware.
The latest motherboards from Gigabyte support Intel's anticipated 14th-generation chips, which are expected to launch soon.
Intel's upcoming 14th-generation Raptor Lake refresh is something of an open secret at this point, and since they're soon to be upon us we'd expect the motherboard manufacturers to prepare not just new BIOSes for old motherboards, but also to launch new motherboards for these new chips. Gigabyte is already getting new motherboards ready for 14th-generation CPUs with two new motherboards: the Z790 Aorus Pro X and the B760M Aorus Elite X AX.
The 'Raptor Lake Refresh' chips are launching later this month.
Intel is set to announce its next-gen desktop CPU lineup later this month as an upgrade over the 13th-gen 'Raptor Lake' series that was launched late last year. Called 'Raptor Lake Refresh,' the upcoming lineup has been in the news often in recent weeks, thanks to multiple leaks that have revealed some key details, including core counts and clock speeds of some of the mosts notable SKUs, including the flagship Core i9-14900K. Now, a new leak has seemingly revealed the key specifications of the entire lineup.
The 1st-gen Core Ultra chips are coming next year.
Earlier this year, Intel announced a major rebrand for its processors in over a decade. Starting with the Meteor Lake lineup, the 'Core i' nomenclature will give way to 'Core Ultra' for high-end chips, while the more mainstream parts will move from the "i3/i5/i7/i9" branding to a "Core 3/5/7/9" naming convention. Prior to this week, we already knew a few things about the 1st-generation Core Ultra family, but a new leak has now revealed more details about a few of the SKUs in the upcoming lineup.
Following Microsoft's denial of any wrongdoing, MSI has worked with Intel to issue BIOS updates for its motherboards running into Windows BSOD errors.
A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft documented an issue affecting several Windows 10 and 11 customers who were reporting instances of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) with error messages of "UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR". This problem was seemingly impacting MSI customers who had installed the optional preview Windows update in August 2023, but after conducting an initial investigation, Microsoft emphasized that it was not to blame for these BSODs. Now, MSI has taken ownership for the issue and rolled out BIOS updates for affected motherboards.
Trying to build your next PC for gaming or work? Here are the best CPUs you can buy for a new machine or if you're looking for an upgrade.
The central processing unit (CPU) is one of the most important components inside a PC. It's what handles all the calculations for just about everything you do on Linux or Windows and so the better the CPU you have, the more you'll be able to do. This guide showcases the best CPUs available right now from AMD and Intel, taking into account budget, performance, and value.
The next-gen CPUs are expected to be announced later this month.
Intel is expected to launch its Raptor Lake Refresh CPU lineup later this month, and recent leaks have already revealed several details about it. Earlier this year, a report is believed to have revealed the specifications of at least three unlocked K-series Raptor Lake Refresh desktop SKUs, including the Core i9-14900K, i7-14700K, and i5-14600K. Now, a new leak seemingly confirms some of the leaked specs and also gives us some insight into the performance of the flagship SKU - the Core i9-14900K.
Should you upgrade your 16-core Intel CPU?
It should come as no surprise that the Intel Core i9-13900K is a brilliant processor, as we noted in our review. It has far more performance than most people could effectively utilize, but how does it compare to the older Intel Core i9-12900K? The latter, being a previous-gen processor, could help you save more money, but is it still worth buying? We're going to compare the specifications, performance, and value to determine which to buy or whether you should upgrade from the 12th-generation chip.
Replacing low-end GPUs is like replacing cheap cars with scooters and saying it's actually better
Recently I wrote about how the demise of the budget GPU posed a big problem for PC gaming, namely that having to spend an extra $100 to $200 just to buy the cheapest GPU would be a serious hurdle for many gamers who simply don't have as much as others. Without newer budget models to replace older ones, these gamers would inevitably get left behind, finding their options to be inadequate for the latest and even sort of recent PC games. It could even harm the PC gaming ecosystem as a whole if these gamers are squeezed out of PC and switch to consoles.
Between weak generational upgrades and niche features, I'm just not as compelled to upgrade as I used to be.
I have an RTX 3060 Ti in my desktop today, and I've had it for nearly three years, which is the longest amount of time I've ever stuck with a GPU. After getting my very first GPU (the R9 380 4GB) in 2015, I upgraded it about every two years: to an RX 480 in 2016, an RX Vega 56 in 2018, a GTX 1080 Ti in 2020, and an RTX 3060 Ti in 2021. With the completion of the RTX 40 and RX 7000 series, I have quite a few options for new cards, too.
Intel is aware of the the problems and will hopefully have a fix available by the game's general launch date.
One of the most anticipated games of the year, Starfield, is finally on the cusp of being launched and while we still have a few more days to go for general access, those that preordered the Premium or better version of the game have gained early access to the title which started on August 31. As you might expect, there's been a lot of feedback over the past 24 hours, with lots of good, some bad, and a dash of controversial.
Help me Intel, you're our only hope
Back in May, I theorized about a future where Nvidia and AMD both stop offering budget GPUs, and you need around $300 to purchase a new graphics card. With Nvidia, this is already a reality as the company hasn't offered a new GPU cheaper than $200 since its GTX 16 series, which was already a gimped version of the RTX 20 series. I always figured AMD would stick to the low end of the market since its only competition was Intel and because AMD has traditionally been one of the best manufacturers of budget cards.
Looking for a new laptop for work, school, or anything else? Here are the very best laptops on the market right now.
Buying a new laptop can be an exhilarating feeling. Knowing that you're about to get something brand-new, faster, and just right for the things you want to do is very exciting, and the moment you get to play with it can have you feeling like a child in the best of ways. Of course, laptops can be incredibly important work tools, too.
You can also save 47% on Intel Arc bundles too.
Over the years, Intel's built a pretty strong lineup when it comes to its processors. The company also recently dove into the world of budget graphics cards with its Arc line, providing gamers with new and affordable options. Naturally, the Arc line can't and isn't meant to compete with the higher-end offerings out right now, but it's a good start.
CPU vulnerabilities have been all the rage recently, with Zenbleed and Downfall being two recent ones. But how worried should you be?
CPU vulnerabilities have been in and out of the news in recent years, and they often come with a pretty scary message when it comes to them being disclosed. In the case of Zenbleed and Downfall, it was that any application on your computer could access the memory of any other program running under the right circumstances. Sounds intense, right?
The 14th-gen Core 'Raptor Lake Refresh' lineup is expected to be launched later this year.
Intel is expected to announce its 14th-gen Core 'Raptor Lake Refresh' CPUs later this year as a follow-up to last year's Raptor Lake lineup. Various leaks over the past few months have revealed quite a bit about the upcoming processors, but the latest info about them comes straight from Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer MSI, confirming several key details, such as the names and core counts of multiple chips in the next-gen family.