With the release of Intel’s 13th-gen Raptor Lake-S processors expected to be made later this year (probably around November), while they are fully expected to be retaining the LGA1700 socket as seen on Alder Lake-S, I think it goes without saying that this will also see the debut of new 700-series motherboards. New processors (nearly) always get new motherboards. And in something just to confirm this, following a report via TechPowerUp, Biostar is seemingly one of the first to at least get their EEC registrations out of the way with numerous Z790 and B760 models having just appeared on the website!
As part of the listing, a significant number of references to both Z760 and B760 motherboards have been found with naming structures suggesting that, by and large, many of these will act as direct 700-series replacements for their existing 600-series products (with, potentially, a few new mining-specific models thrown in). – While there is no mention of H770 or H710 models, this isn’t entirely unusual as often many manufacturers (and Intel more specifically) tend to skip certain designs for 2nd-generational processor releases that retain the same socket. Which, as above, Raptor Lake-S is 99.99% likely to be doing.
With this information, however, it would appear that Biostar is the first to, while clearly still being a long way from release, at least get their EEC registration out of the way in a manner that, quite frankly, is surprisingly early! – Usually, registrations like this appear a month or two before release. Going live over 6 months prior to their actual release, however, is nothing short of bizarre!
The launch of Intel’s Raptor Lake-S processors should see the debut of their Digital Linear Voltage Regulator (DLVR) technology. A new system designed to, in theory at least, reduce the power consumption of a processor by as much as 25%. With this in mind, therefore, while Raptor Lake will still be retaining the LGA1700 socket design, it does seem that Intel may have, not for the first time I might add, still found a way to make a CPU upgrade at least potentially require a new motherboard to go with it. – I’m sure Raptor Lake-S will work with 600-series motherboards, but significantly less so in regards to DLVR support.
While Biostar has subsequently suggested that references to their Z790 motherboards made in this EEC listing are inaccurate and/or premature (Videocardz), however, this EEC registration does appear that they’ll be more than ready for Raptor Lake-S.
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