The fact that reviewers are already receiving Intel Raptor Lake Refresh is confirmed by a photo taken in a QQ community and shared by @9550pro. This suggests that Intel is giving journalists and other influential people more than two weeks to prepare their in-depth reporting.
As the review embargo begins to take effect, this also marks the time when they are no longer permitted to discuss the series in public. The Core i9 box, which clearly sports the 14th Gen series marking, is seen in the shared photo. Intel does not seem to have made any significant modifications to the packaging for the previous generation of LGA1700 desktop CPUs. It’s also unclear from this position whether the package includes the plastic wafer, like the 13900K box did.
Only six SKUs will be available at the next launch on October 17th, with the Core i9 variants being represented by the 14900K and 14900KF. These are the new 24-core desktop CPU (8 P-Cores and 16 E-Cores), which is said to have an initial clock speed of up to 6.0 GHz.