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Intel’s 15th generation shows compatibility changes

by on18 July 2023

Performance increases but cooler "bombshell"

While the leaks of Intel's 15th Gen Arrow Lake CPUs look promising in terms of performance, there are some concerns that there might be a few compatibility issues.

Forbes has been looking at the numbers and notes that the biggest performance increase could be up to 21 per cent over the current Core i9-13900K, which was shown in benchmark results for Geekbench's multi-threaded test, with up to 13 per cent more performance in the single-thread test.

14th Gen Raptor Lake refresh CPUs are included in the data, with around a three per cent increase in some tests over current 13th Gen models. This is to be expected since Raptor Lake refresh is just that - a refresh of the existing architecture and frequencies will only likely rise a few hundred megahertz. However, some models are rumoured to get core count increases that could see much more substantial performance increases.

But there was a “bombshell” in terms of cooler compatibility for Arrow Lake. This is on top of the fact it will use a new CPU socket and have a new architecture too and will be the next launch Intel plans for desktop PCs after Raptor Lake refresh later this year in the wake of the delayed or cancelled Meteor Lake.

This was meant to arrive instead of Raptor Lake refresh and usher in a new CPU socket and architecture, but instead, owners of Intel's current LAG1700 socket will get an extended upgrade path later this year as its 14th Gen CPUs will use the same CPU socket and simply require a BIOS update to work in older motherboards.

Last modified on 18 July 2023
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