In the ever-evolving world of CPUs and motherboards, it seems that Intel's LGA1700 socket is refusing to retire just yet. Rumor has it that Intel has a new lineup of processors in the works, codenamed Intel Bartlett Lake, which will be compatible with the trusty old LGA1700 motherboards.
Now, don't confuse this with Intel's future gaming CPU contenders, the Arrow Lake lineup. Those bad boys will be rocking the new LGA1851 socket, accompanied by a fresh batch of supporting motherboards. No, no, we're talking about Intel's cunning plan to follow in AMD's footsteps and extend the lifespan of CPU sockets beyond just a couple of generations. They want to keep the LGA1700 party going.
According to the grapevine, the Bartlett Lake CPUs won't challenge the performance of their Arrow Lake counterparts. Instead, they will be a more affordable lineup of processors aimed at existing Intel motherboard owners. It's like AMD's strategy of releasing new high-end 16-core CPUs for the Socket AM5 platform while still churning out cheaper eight-core CPUs, like the Ryzen 7 5700X3D, for the aging Socket AM4 platform.
This rumor, courtesy of TweakTown, brings great news to those who invested in an Intel 12th or 13th gen CPU and don't want to empty their wallets for a new motherboard. Imagine owning a six-core Core i5-12400F and being able to drop in a shiny new Bartlett Lake CPU that offers better performance at an affordable price. It's like giving your trusty old rig a much-needed boost.
But hold on, there's a catch. These Bartlett Lake CPUs, if the rumors are true, will only support DDR5 memory, effectively bidding farewell to DDR4. That might disappoint folks looking for a budget-friendly upgrade for their LGA1700 motherboards that are designed for DDR4 memory. Alas, progress waits for no one.
Nevertheless, if these rumors turn out to be true, we salute Intel for breathing new life into the LGA1700 socket. AMD has been doing it for years with its AM4 platform, spanning multiple generations. In a world where prices keep skyrocketing, the ability to upgrade your CPU without shelling out for an entirely new motherboard is an enticing prospect.
In the meantime, if you're in the market for a new CPU, be sure to check out our comprehensive reviews of the Intel Core i9-14900K and the Core i5-14600K. Both of these powerful CPUs also embrace Intel's LGA1700 socket, so you can stay in the game without bidding farewell to your trusted motherboard.
And remember, the CPU world is full of surprises. So, keep your eyes peeled and your motherboard socket ready for whatever innovative developments lie ahead.