When Raptor Lake Refresh launched, Intel’s launch assertion noticed that the 14th-gen processors “embrace assist for … upcoming Thunderbolt 5 wired connectivity.”
A correction has now been issued – as flagged up by Tom’s Hardware – during which Intel clarifies that the above assertion was incorrect.
Intel notes: “Whereas some processors within the Intel Core 14th Gen processor household will embrace assist for Thunderbolt 5, Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processors, particularly, is not going to assist it.”
Evaluation: A watch-opening launch blunder
Thunderbolt 5 connectivity is hardly the largest challenge round Intel’s Raptor Lake Refresh – naturally, all the main target has been (as ever) on how much faster they are gen-on-gen, in addition to how a lot energy they chug, and pricing. Nonetheless, it’s fairly dangerous for Intel to get a elementary reality on the 14th-gen unsuitable in its launch announcement.
Not less than we now know that the desktop CPUs gained’t get Thunderbolt 5, which can depart you questioning – which 14th-gen processors will, then? Intel have to be referring to the opposite household of chips launching in December, working alongside Raptor Lake Refresh, specifically Meteor Lake.
Meteor Lake are laptop (mobile) processors, and so this is smart – that’s the place Thunderbolt ports are most prevalent. They’re current on way more notebooks than desktops.
It’s additionally value noting that Thunderbolt 5 has not lengthy been introduced, and gadgets utilizing the usual gained’t be round till 2024 (later within the yr, in all probability). So, there’s nonetheless a good bit of street to go earlier than it actually arrives, however Thunderbolt 5 is a huge deal simply because of how blazing-fast it is. Nonetheless, it’s one thing Raptor Lake Refresh PC house owners should stay with out, it appears.