Gigabyte's 600-series motherboards add support for 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs

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Gigabyte has announced that its upcoming 600-series motherboard BIOS' will add full support for Intel's upcoming 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs. The updates cover its range of Z690, B660, and H610 motherboards. To be more specific, Gigabyte says the updates add support for 'new generation Intel CPUs'. We all know what Gigabyte is referring to, though.

Gigabyte is the latest company to announce or release 13th Gen BIOS support, joining ASRock, Asus, and MSI. It's the latest sign that the launch of 13th Gen CPUs isn't far away, even though Intel is yet to announce a launch date.

There's no need to rush out and update your BIOS yet, though. Further optimizations and fine tuning to come in the weeks ahead will deliver better stability and performance. The announcements of updates this far out is mostly for marketing reasons.

As the 13th Gen launch draws closer, we're getting a much better idea of what to expect. Just a few days ago, a Chinese user posted a load of gaming benchmark results comparing the 13900K with a 12900KF. The results weren't all that impressive and the power consumption numbers looked abnormally high. That might come down to poor BIOS optimization, which is not unexpected given the amount of time remaining before the launch. 

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Intel and motherboard manufacturers are working on 700-series motherboards. A leaked slide suggests they will offer slightly improved feature sets, but PCIe 5.0 SSD support remains an open question. Depending on the final specifications of 700 series boards, there might not be compelling reasons to upgrade to a 700-series board if you already have a 600-series one. 

Actually, dropping a 13th Gen CPU to a DDR4 supporting Z690 board is looking like a cost-effective upgrade. Your DDR4 will last at least another generation and you'll be able to divert money towards a better GPU. If the likes of the 13400 and 13600K are as well received as the 12400 and 12600K were, they could be the stars of the show. Let's all hope the new models won't be too expensive.

Intel's 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs are due to launch later this year. They'll compete against AMD's Zen 4 models, which will launch alongside an entirely new platform with the AM5 socket, and DDR5 only memory support. 

Chris Szewczyk
Hardware Writer

Chris' gaming experiences go back to the mid-nineties when he conned his parents into buying an 'educational PC' that was conveniently overpowered to play Doom and Tie Fighter. He developed a love of extreme overclocking that destroyed his savings despite the cheaper hardware on offer via his job at a PC store. To afford more LN2 he began moonlighting as a reviewer for VR-Zone before jumping the fence to work for MSI Australia. Since then, he's gone back to journalism, enthusiastically reviewing the latest and greatest components for PC & Tech Authority, PC Powerplay and currently Australian Personal Computer magazine and PC Gamer. Chris still puts far too many hours into Borderlands 3, always striving to become a more efficient killer.