Intel’s says farewell to its old branding name
Raptor Lake Refresh marks the last generation of Core i# CPUs.
As the speculations had suggested, Intel has officially announced that the 14th Gen Core series, known as Raptor Lake Refresh, will mark the end of Intel’s old branding scheme. Intel wasted no time confirming that the Core i# naming convention will transition to Core # with the upcoming Meteor Lake series.
This decision was prompted by the accumulation of rumors hinting at unusual branding like Core 1002H and later Core Ultra 100H. With such speculation circulating, Intel had no option but to confirm that the familiar “Core i” branding would be replaced by something different, intriguingly in line with AMD’s Ryzen tiering system.
Surprisingly, Intel had not mentioned anything about the 14th Gen desktop series until yesterday. The unveiling of the i9-14900K, i7-14700K, and i5-14600K series marks the conclusion of an era, as these are the last models to bear the old branding.
The 14th Gen Core series will extend to include mobile chips, specifically as part of the HX 55W series, targeting high-end gaming laptops. Once these CPUs make their debut, along with Intel’s planned early 2024 release of 65W models for desktops, it will signify the conclusion of this particular generation.
Consequently, the forthcoming generation of Intel Core CPUs for desktops is poised to introduce a fresh branding scheme. This may potentially involve nomenclature such as “Core Ultra 200,” with the “Ultra” designation signifying the use of new silicon technology. CPUs without the “Ultra” identifier might continue to be based on previous generations, a pattern reminiscent of what’s happening in the mobile lineup very soon.