Intel messed up, the 14th generation Core processor in the desktop version, left without the Thunderbolt 5 standard
Intel recently officially announced the release of a new, 14th generation Core processor for the PC desktop version of the computer, the first series of which includes six models from the K/KF series.
They are actually upgraded versions of the Core model from the previous, 13th generation, with higher operating frequencies and more cores. In terms of platform features, Intel highlighted the arrival of support for Wi-Fi 7 wireless network communication standard, Bluetooth 5.4 and Thunderbolt 5, with a stronger, expanded and more powerful connection option.
However, things got stuck somewhere because according to Intel’s latest statement, the 14th generation Core will support Thunderbolt 5, but not its desktop version.
Intel made a mistake, the 14th generation Core desktop version does not have Thunderbolt 5
In addition to the desktop version, the 14th generation Intel Core will also have a mobile version of the HX series for high-end gaming notebook computers. It will have Thunderbolt 5, but this advanced function is not natively built into the processor itself, but requires an additional controller with the code name – Barlow Ridge.
Intel previously said that computers and accessories supporting Thunderbolt 5 will be available in the first half of 2024.
The best feature of the Thunderbolt 5 standard is that it doubles the data bandwidth from 40 Gbps to 80 Gbps. In the case of a high-resolution screen for the needs of transferring a huge amount of information, Thunderbolt 5 can use a special “high burst” mode and reach a data transfer rate of 120 Gbps, which is three times faster than the USB4 standard. Thunderbolt 5 has no problem connecting even three 4K144 or two 6K or 8K or 540Hz monitors, reports tomshardware.
At the same time, Thunderbolt 5 will enable laptops with ultra-fast battery charging mode as it will allow them to draw a maximum of 240 W of electricity during this operation. Along the way, it got lightning networking and support for external AI accelerators, options that came from server platforms.