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Intel’s 13th-Gen Raptor Lake processors will bring more cores, more connectivity, a revamped core architecture, support for PCIe 5.0 SSDs, and possibly even a rumored 6.0 GHz peak boost clock to bear. And that’s not to mention any potential IPC improvements. These chips will arrive this year to square off with AMD’s Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 processors, setting the stage for a fierce battle for desktop PC supremacy — particularly for the crown of the best CPU for gaming as the Intel vs AMD rivalry enters a new stage.

Intel’s Alder Lake brought the company back from what had been a slow erosion of its leadership position in our CPU benchmarks rankings as AMD relentlessly iterated on its Ryzen processor lineup. AMD’s continuous string of innovations eventually culminated in an embarrassing loss of the performance crown for Intel as the Ryzen 5000 processors outclassed Intel’s chips in every performance, price, and power metric that mattered back in 2020, capping Intel’s decline from grace after incessant delays moving to its oft-delayed and seemingly doomed 10nm process node.

Alder Lake righted the ship. These chips brought the best of Intel’s newly re-worked 10nm process, now re-named ‘Intel 7,’ enabling higher clock rates and lower power consumption, paving the way for Raptor Lake. Intel will etch the Raptor Lake processors on a refined version of that same process node and pair it with its newly-revamped x86 hybrid architecture, a design that combines a mix of larger high-performance cores paired with smaller high-efficiency cores.

Like its predecessor, Raptor Lake will also support disruptive new features like PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 but preserves DDR4 support for less-expensive build options. Raptor Lake will also drop right into existing motherboards to offer an upgrade path for Alder Lake users, but there will be new 700-series motherboards at launch that offer better connectivity options. Intel is also introducing more CPU overclock features for Raptor Lake, too.

Even though Raptor Lake is clearly on the cusp of coming to market this year — we’ve even seen chips sold at auction and benchmarks in the wild — Intel has been uncharacteristically silent about its pending line of chips for desktop PCs. In fact, the company has said more about its next-next-gen Meteor Lake chips than it has about Raptor Lake. That hasn’t stopped us from gathering all of the information we know from official and unofficial sources into this article. We’ll update the article as we learn more, but here’s what we know so far. 

Intel 13th-Gen Raptor Lake Series at a Glance

  • Codename Raptor Lake
  • Launches in Q4 2022 (October)
  • Up to 24 cores and 32 threads on ‘Intel 7’ process node
  • Up to 8 Raptor Cove Performance cores (P-Cores) and 16 Gracemont Efficiency cores (E-Cores)
  • Raptor Lake-S (55W+ desktop) and Raptor Lake-P (15 to 45W mobile) confirmed
  • Rumored 5.8 GHz boost
  • Up to 36MB of L3 Cache (20% increase), up to 32MB L2 (2.3x increase)
  • Dual-Channel DDR4-3200 and DDR5-5600 memory support, x16 PCIe 5.0 and x4 PCIe 4.0 interface, Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4
  • Support for PCIe 5.0 M.2 SSDs
  • Desktop 65W to 125W TDP, scales to mobile as well
  • “Up to double-digit performance boost”
  • No word of IPC gain, though it is expected
  • Socket LGA 1700, Raptor Lake backward compatible with existing coolers
  • Mobile chips are BGA compatible with existing chips
  • 700-Series Chipset:  Z790, H770, B760 Motherboards
  • Chipset: Up to 20 PCH PCIe 4.0 and eight PCIe 3.0
  • Enhanced CPU overclocking features, including per-core and Efficient Thermal Velocity Boost 
  • Support for AI M.2 Module
  • Intel’s Thread Director is a hardware-based technology that assures threads are assigned to either the P or E cores in an optimized manner

Intel 13th-Gen Raptor Lake Release Date Window

Raptor Lake

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Intel hasn’t given an official launch date for Raptor Lake yet, but all signs point to a Q4 2022 launch. Our own sources tell us that we’ll see an announcement in late September, but the launch will land in mid-to-late October. Naturally, this is early information and subject to change — vendors often push back timelines — but the chips and the requisite motherboards are said to be currently scheduled to launch in that timeframe. 

Above, we can see Intel’s demo of a working Raptor Lake processor in February. In fact, several common CPU utilities already have Raptor Lake support baked in, a typical development we see as chips come to market. If that isn’t convincing enough, there’s even been an engineering sample of the flagship Core i9-13900K auctioned online, meaning near-final silicon is already in the wild. 

Intel 13th-Gen Raptor Lake Specifications and Features

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Official information about Raptor Lake is thin on the ground, with the slide above reflecting Intel’s most comprehensive listing of features thus far. The company touts up to 24 cores and 32 threads on the ‘Intel 7’ process that will deliver an ‘up to double-digit performance boost,’ enhanced overclocking features, support for an AI M.2 module, and that the chips are compatible with Alder Lake. That isn’t much to work with, but luckily we already know a few chip configurations from leaked benchmark results. 



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