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Intel 13th-Gen Raptor Lake CPUs Specs, Release Date

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With Raptor Lake, Intel will replace the current 12th generation Alder Lake processors in 2022 – after only about a year. The new processors won’t be released until they are ready, which means a few more months will pass. Nevertheless, the Internet is already full of news, leaks and rumors about the upcoming CPU series.

In the following article we collected all important information about release dates and prices, as well as known specs of the 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs. We also provide answer to the question about what is technically changing with the CPUs and what will be inherited from the 12th Gen Alder Lake predecessor.

When will Intel Raptor Lake be released?

As we already mentioned, the processors are scheduled to be launched this year. According to more recent leaks, we can expect the first models to be released by Christmas 2022 at the latest.

Like Alder Lake, Raptor Lake is intended to be an all-rounder CPU family. In addition to the overclockable K models, there are also the standard models and the more economical T models. In addition, at least one mobile processor series is planned with Raptor Lake-P.

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According to Moore’s Law is Dead, Intel currently wants to start with desktop models (S series) as early as the third quarter. In our opinion, the overclockable enthusiast models of the Raptor Lake-S K series will start here again. The mobile counterparts H, HX and U are to follow in the 4th quarter.

There could be an official presentation of Raptor Lake as part of the Intel Innovation keynote on September 27th.

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CPU Price: How Much Does Intel Raptor Lake Cost?

There is currently no official information nor reasonably reliable rumors about the exact prices of the particular Raptor Lake models.

However, a price increase compared to the MSRPs of the previous Alder Lake generation can probably be expected. As Nikkei Asia reports, the CPUs could become up to 20 percent more expensive. According to Intel, these price increases should be necessary because prices for the materials used and production have risen.

Alder Lake’s top-of-the-line Core i9-12900K came in at an MSRP of $589. Accordingly, prices in excess of $600 would be expected for the Core i9-13900K.

What architecture does Intel Raptor Lake use?

Once again, Raptor Lake relies on the Intel 7 process and a hybrid solution for the cores. This was introduced with the previous generation Alder Lake. Instead of a single core type, two different types of cores are installed, which are optimized for larger or smaller tasks depending on the design.

For the first time, Raptor Cove is installed in the large P cores, an extension of the previously used Golden Cove architecture. This is reported by the YouTube channel AdoredTV. Gracemont is still used for the small E-cores.

The small cores should be doubled compared to Alder Lake-S, so that a maximum of 24 cores are available (8 large P and 16 small E cores) – this could apply to the top-end model, the Intel Core i9-13900K.

According to the channel hosts, there should also be processor compositions with 1 P and 8 E cores as well as 6 P cores without E cores. These will be used in cheaper models, for example on the notebook market.

What’s new in Intel Raptor Lake?

What is probably new with Raptor Lake is an improved and, above all, larger CPU cache, which should be particularly beneficial for gaming. According to the leaker @OneRaichu, Raptor Lake offers up to 68MB of L2 and L3 cache. For comparison, the last-gen flagship Intel Core i9-12900K had 44 MB of cache in total.

The Raptor Lake will also bring LPDDR5X memory to notebooks for the first time.

When it comes to AI computing acceleration and DLVR, more power will be brought for the same consumption.
Raptor Lake will be able to use its own AI computing acceleration, and AI-M.2 modules will be used.

Another innovation is the DLVR (Digital Linear Voltage Regulator). According to insider UnderFox, this is a voltage regulator that is placed next to the primary regulator as a voltage clamp and lowers the VID (Voltage Identification Digital = nominal voltage without overclocking/undervolting) of the CPU. In summary, it should be possible to reduce power consumption by up to 25 percent with the same performance.

According to Intel, the increase in IPC (instructions per cycle) should be in the “up to two-digit range”. Youtuber Moore’s Law is Dead and leaker @OneRaichu are more specific about the expected increase in performance. According to them, performance should increase by up to 15% in single thread and 40% in multi-thread tasks.

In games, Raptor Lake should also be superior to previous models. Gaming benchmarks shared on Bilibili show an average increase of 4.46% at 1080p resolution. However, the consumption of the CPU is also increased at the same time.

Speaking of boost clock speed, @OneRaichu expects an increase of 200 to 300 MHz over the i9-12900KS, which would correspond to a value of 5.7 and 5.8 GHz respectively.

The new 700 series chipsets, which will be installed on Raptor Lake-capable motherboards, should also bring a number of optimizations with them.

According to Twitter user @unikoshardware, Intel’s PCH hardware sheet contains a reference to expanding the PCIe Gen4 lanes from 12 to 20 and the USB 3.2 ports. However, Raptor Lake should still be compatible with 600 series motherboards. In addition, the maximum number of possible USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 ports has increased from 4 to 5.

What stays the same with Intel Raptor Lake

The LGA 1700 socket remains on board with Raptor Lake, as Intel confirmed at an investor meeting. The PCH chipset, DDR5 RAM (with support for DDR5-5600) and PCIe 5.0 remain in service. This seems to confirm information Intel has filed with the Sata-IO (“Serial ATA International Organization”).

In addition to DDR5, Raptor Lake, like its predecessor Alder Lake, will also support the older DDR4. This gives users more time to upgrade. This was confirmed by a leak from an Intel workshop in Shenzhen. However, according to TechPowerUp, Intel recommends mainboard manufacturers to focus more on DDR5 with Raptor Lake.

The consumption figures for the platform also once again range from 35 to 125 watts.

What is the name of the successor to Raptor Lake?

After Raptor Lake, Intel will launch the 14th generation called Meteor Lake. A launch seems currently planned for 2023, less than 12 months after Raptor Lake.

Intel Raptor Lake: Benchmarks und Screenshots

The leaker @KOMACHI_ENSAKA found a first benchmark for Raptor Lake, archived screenshots are available at Tom’s Hardware. Another Ashes of the Singularity benchmark, which was only of limited use, followed later, as Hardwareluxx reports. In addition, a first benchmark has now been published on UserBenchmark for an as yet untitled Raptor Lake CPU. In June, SiSoftware released a performance preview for the i9-13900.

The most exciting benchmark so far is probably a Geekbench benchmark discovered by Videocardz in July. The tested engineering sample of the Core i9-13900K achieved a multi-score value of 23,701 and would therefore be 37% faster than the i9-12900K. In the meantime, the result has been removed again by the testers because one cannot be sure of the authenticity of the results.

There was a first official look at the performance of Raptor Lake at the Investors Meeting 2022. Andreas Schilling from Hardwarelux shared a video of the presentation on Twitter. Also, forum member Lordzzz shared a screenshot of an engineering sample (ES3) for the i9-13900K purchased on the Chinese black market on Chiphell.

Rumored Raptor Lake Lake-H Specifications

Raptor Lake-HSpecs
Core i9-13900K8 P-Cores, 16 E-Cores, 32 Threads, 36 MB L3-Cache, 5.7 GHz Boost Clock, 125 W PL1, 228 W PL2
Core i9-139008 P-Cores, 16 E-Cores, 32 Threads, 36 MB L3-Cache, 3.7 GHz Boost Clock
Core i7-13700K8 P-Cores, 8 E-Cores, 24 Threads, 54 MB L3-Cache, 3.7 GHz Boost Clock, 125 W PL1, 228 W PL2
Core i5-13600K6 P-Cores, 8 E-Cores, 20 Threads, 44 MB L3-Cache, 3.7 GHz Boost Clock, 125 W PL1, 228 W PL2

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