In brief: Intel's next processor generation, the 14th-gen Raptor Lake Refresh, is expected to land in just over a month, and that means the leaks are coming thick and fast. The latest of these involves the CPUs' price points, which are reportedly 15% more expensive on average than the current 13th-gen Raptor Lake MSRPs.
Prolific leaker @momomo_us posted a listing for several of the upcoming Raptor Lake Refresh processors. It's not the best news for those hoping to save some money as the new CPUs are around 15% more expensive than their predecessors.
The flagship Core i9-14900K and Core i9-14900KF are priced at $695 and $660, respectively, representing a 15.8% and 13.8% increase over their previous-gen equivalents.
Further down the product stack, the Core i7-14700K ($485) and Core i7-14700KF ($470) appear to have been given 14.1% and 15.2% price hikes, respectively, compared to the current-gen versions. We also see that the Core i5-14600K ($380) and Core i5-14600KF ($345) are priced 15.2% and 13.1% higher than the Core i5-13600K and Core i5-13600KF.
As the name suggests, the Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs aren't expected to offer major changes compared the current 13th-gen Raptor Lake chips. With the exception of the i7, the new CPUs will offer a paltry performance increase over their predecessors, likely low single-figure percentages of 1 - 3% in most cases. It's also expected to be the last Intel generation to support the LGA 1700 platform.
Those looking to upgrade their CPUs, especially when coming from more recent releases, might be better off waiting for the 15th-gen Arrow Lake, which is expected to come with a 20% performance uplift vs. the Core i9-13900K in the case of the top-end chip. Arrow Lake will also use a brand-new LGA1851 socket, and we've heard that it will make the use of DDR5 RAM a requirement instead of an optional upgrade when the new processors ship sometime in the second half of next year.