Gigabyte 600/700 Intel motherboards receive “next-generation” desktop CPU support

Published: Jun 3rd 2023, 09:22 GMT   Comments

Intel Raptor Lake Refresh support now available for Gigabyte motherboards

Gigabyte adds support for undisclosed next-gen CPUs from Intel. 

Leakers and people with access to early hardware should be aware that they can now run benchmarks on Gigabyte motherboards. The upcoming Intel Raptor Lake Refresh support, which could come as early as September, might have just been added to some Gigabyte LGA1700 motherboards.

The new BIOS has been released as a consequence of recent reports of a serious Gigabyte motherboard vulnerability in the firmware that could allow attackers to download software without validation. The company was forced to increase security by implementing new security measures. Updates have now been released for Intel 600/700 motherboards and AMD 400/500 series, while the company is working on adding Intel 400/500 and AMD 600 series to this list.

This update also brings support for Intel’s next-generation processor. The firmware changelog does not explain what types of CPU series this firmware would enable to work. Since we are not expecting anything on the LGA1700 socket besides the rumored Raptor Lake Refresh (aka 14th Gen Core series), this could not really be anything else.

Next-gen CPU support on Intel B660 motherboard, Source: Gigabyte

Intel Raptor Lake Refresh is now expected to support higher CPU and memory clocks. Motherboard makers have already started preparing their lineup for the new series by introducing enhanced Z790 motherboards with support for Wi-Fi7 and 5 GbE networking by default. The motherboard listed above is not a high-end version, though. This appears to confirm that there should be no issue running newer Intel CPUs on existing series, including the first generation of LGA1700 series, in this case, the B660M AORUS Elite.

Source: Gigabyte via Reddit

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