Intel Raptor Lake Refresh Processors
Intel’s upcoming Raptor Lake Refresh processors could reportedly cost 15% more than their predecessors, which could make the chips significantly more expensive than their counterparts from the Ryzen 2000 series. The alleged MSRP for the K-series parts in the Raptor Lake Refresh lineup has been leaked.
According to reputable hardware leaker momomo_us, the Core i9-14900K and Core i9-14900KF will be nearly 16% more expensive than their predecessors. The former is said to carry an MSRP of $599 (up from $499), while the latter will supposedly retail for $599 as well (up from $499).
The Core i7-14700K and Core i7-14700KF may be more expensive as well, but by a smaller margin. The former is allegedly 14.1% more expensive than the Core i7-13700K, while the latter is 15.2% more expensive than the Core i7-13700KF.
Finally, the Core i5-14600K and Core i5-14600KF are said to be 15.2% and 13.1% more expensive than the Core i5-13600K and Core i5-13600KF, respectively. The increased price is reportedly due to improvements in cores and cache.
It should be noted that these prices have yet to be confirmed, and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Regardless, the Core i5-14600KF may be a good option for gamers who want a discrete graphics card, as it’s cheaper than the Core i5-14600K and lacks integrated graphics. The latter boasts a $479 MSRP, but is more expensive than the $469 Ryzen 5 1400.
In addition to the purported pricing info, a leaked roadmap suggests Intel’s upcoming refresh will cost more than the original lineup. It also suggests the chips will offer a 1-3% performance boost over the first batch of Raptor Lake processors, according to alleged internal CPU performance projections from the company.
We’ve also seen estimates from MSI that suggest a 3% jump, but given the price hikes and consequential increase in cost of ownership, that increase may not be worth it for some users. Those who already own a Raptor Lake chip may want to wait for the yet-to-be-announced Arrow Lake, which is estimated to be around 21% faster and boast improved iGPU performance.
The Intel Raptor Lake Refresh lineup is set to arrive sometime in October, but given the leaks above, we’d advise waiting for more official information.