Gigabyte has announced that its upcoming 600-series motherboard BIOS will add full support for the upcoming 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake processors. The updates cover its Z690, B660 and H610 line of motherboards. To be more specific, Gigabyte says the updates add support for “next-generation Intel processors.” We all know what Gigabyte is referring to, though.
Gigabyte is the latest company to announce or release 13th Gen BIOS support, joining ASRock (opens in a new tab), Asus and MSI. This is the latest sign that the launch of the 13th generation processors is not far away, although Intel has not yet announced a launch date.
However, there is no need to rush and update your BIOS. Further optimizations and tweaks coming in the coming weeks will provide better stability and performance. Announcements of such distant updates are mainly for marketing reasons.
As we approach the 13th Gen launch, we have a much better idea of what to expect. Just a few days ago a Chinese user posted a series of gaming benchmark results comparing the 13900K to a 12900KF (opens in a new tab). The results weren’t that impressive and the power consumption numbers seemed abnormally high. This could be due to poor BIOS optimization, which is not unexpected given the time left before launch.
Intel and motherboard makers are working on 700-series motherboards. A leaked slide suggests they’ll offer slightly improved feature sets, but PCIe 5.0 SSD support remains an open question. (opens in a new tab). Depending on the final 700-series card specifications, there may not be a compelling reason to upgrade to a 700-series card if you already have a 600-series card.
In fact, dropping a 13th Gen CPU on a Z690-capable DDR4 board feels like a cost-effective upgrade. Your DDR4 will last at least another generation and you can divert money to a better GPU. If the likes of the 13400 and 13600K are as well received as the 12400 (opens in a new tab) and 12600K (opens in a new tab) were, they could be the stars of the show. Let’s all hope the new models won’t be too expensive (opens in a new tab).
13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake processors are expected to launch later this year. They will rival AMD’s Zen 4 models (opens in a new tab)which will launch alongside an all-new platform with AM5 socket and DDR5 memory support only.