LGA1851 Motherboards for Intel 14th Gen CPUs: No Upgrade Path for 12th/13th Gen Users

Continuing tradition, Intel will discard its LGA1700 platform in favor of the LGA1851 socket for the 14th Gen Core processors. Introduced roughly a year back alongside the Alder Lake family, the 1700 socket is leveraged by the 600 and 700 series chipset families. Notable additions include support for next-gen DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5 devices and a wider x8 DMI for higher I/O bandwidth.

According to recent rumors, the Meteor Lake-S desktop lineup may have been scrapped, leaving Arrow Lake-S to fill the gap in 2024. We expect a Raptor Lake-S Refresh next year to keep the 600 and 700 series boards in action, but that’ll be the end of the line for them.

Reports claim that the LGA1851 socket may be retained across three generations of Core processors, but there’s no certainty. As per figures sourced by Benchlife, it’ll have the same dimension and area as its predecessor, allowing the reuse of existing LGA1700 coolers. That said, the tiled/chiplet architecture may lead to uneven cooling of the disaggregated dies.

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Areej Syed

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