Intel is gearing up to launch its next generation of desktop processors, with the company confirming plans to release Raptor Lake before the end of the year.
Raptor Lake will mark the 13th generation of Intel Core processors, succeeding the 12th generation Alder Lake chips. Intel will continue to build on the hybrid design it introduced in 2021, making use of both high-performance cores and energy-efficient cores.
Intel has confirmed Raptor Lake will feature up to 24 cores and 16 threads. Rumours via leaker @OneRaichu indicate that the Intel Core i9-13900K could see a jaw-dropping turbo clock speed of 6GHz.
An early review of the chip by Extreme Player also claims the Intel Core i9-13900K will have a 10% faster single-core performance than the existing Intel Core i9-12900KF, while multi-core performance will see a 35% increase.
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Intel has confirmed that it plans to launch its Raptor Lake desktop processors in the second half of this year.
The previous generation of Intel Core processors, Alder Lake, was officially unveiled on October 2022 before hitting stores in the following month. There’s a good chance Intel could be aiming for a similar launch date.
Tom’s Hardware sources suggest that we could see an announcement in late September, with the processors then hitting stores in mid-to-late October.
As for the Raptor Lake laptop processors, they’re not expected to arrive until 2023, although that’s no great surprise since Intel is still in the process of rolling out its Alder Lake mobile chips.
It’s far too early for Intel to reveal how much its upcoming processors will cost, but it’s likely that the company will stick to similar price points as the recent Alder Lake range.
The Intel Core i9-12900K launched with a $589 price, while the Intel Core i5-12600K was priced at $289. Of course, it’s possible that Intel could hike up prices since the market has been rocked by the silicon shortage.
The Intel Raptor Lake processors will use the same ‘Intel 7’ process node as the Alder Lake chips. That means it’s using a 10nm process node.
In comparison, AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs are moving onto TSMC’s 5nm node, which would seemingly give AMD the advantage – smaller nodes typically allow chip makers to fit on more transistors.
|Intel Raptor Lake||Intel Alder Lake|
|Process node||Intel 7 (10nm)||Intel 7 (10nm)|
|Max clock speed||6GHz (rumoured)||5.2GHz|
However, Intel is keen to point out that the size of the process node is no longer the be-all and end-all of a processor’s performance. It arguably backed this claim up with the high performance gains on the Intel Alder Lake range.
Rather than focusing on reducing the size of the process node, Intel instead plans to double down on its hybrid chip design and introduce a new high-performance core called Raptor Cove. However, Intel will seemingly be sticking with the same energy-efficient E-core design as Alder Lake.
Intel has confirmed that Raptor Lake processor will feature up to 24 cores and 32 threads. For comparison, the existing Intel Core i9-12900K only packs 16 cores and 24 threads.
Renowned leaker @OneRaichu has also suggested that the fastest Raptor Lake processor in the range could be capable of a 6GHz turbo clock speed. If accurate, this would make it the very first x86 processor to offer 6GHz speeds. For comparison, Ryzen 7000 chips are seemingly only capable of a 5.5Ghz maximum frequency speed.
The power requirements have seemingly been leaked by Igor’s Lab, which indicates there will be three different TDP (Total Design Power) tiers: 125W, 65W and 35W. If such leaks are accurate, this means the most powerful Intel Raptor Lake processor will consume more power than the high-end AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU, which is said to have a 120W TDP.
Intel Raptor Lake will also support the existing LGA 1700 socket, so you may not have to upgrade your motherboard if you already own an Alder Lake chip. And of course, the new processors will support DDR5 RAM, just like the preceding generation.
It’s important to remember that all of these rumoured specs are for the desktop processors. There’s very little information available for the laptop variants right now, but they’re not expected to launch until 2023.
We haven’t been able to test any Raptor Lake processors, so we’re unable to verify any performance claims. But Extreme Player, a processor reviewer over in China (spotted by VideoCardz), has claimed that they’ve been able to get their hands on an early sample of the Intel Core i9-13900K.
In the review, he claims the Intel Core i9-13900K provides around a 10% higher single-core performance than the existing Intel Core i9-12900KF, while multi-core performance has been boosted by 35%.
However, even if this reviewer really has got their their hands on an early sample, it’s important to remember that this could well be a pre-production chip and may not reflect the true performance of the final product.
But we have to say, those performance results do fall in line with what we’d expect when considering the touted specs and previous performance gains.
That’s all we know about Intel Raptor Lake right now, but we’ll be updating this article with more information as soon it becomes available.