Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs Hit the Market: Enhanced Clock Speeds and Incremental Performance Boosts Revealed – Specifications and Pricing

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Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Specifications

On October 20, 2022, Intel will introduce an expanded 13th Gen Core desktop family, comprising 22 CPUs and over 125 partner system designs. These CPUs will maintain compatibility with both DDR4 and DDR5 memory on all current-generation 600-series motherboards, provided that the motherboard manufacturer releases a BIOS update.

Raptor Lake adopts the hybrid architecture, previously introduced in Intel’s 12th-generation Alder Lake processors. This generation’s performance hybrid design combines a higher number of Efficient Cores (E-core) with the fastest Performance Cores (P-core) ever created, enhancing both single-threaded and multi-threaded performance. Furthermore, the CPUs will feature an approximately doubled L2 cache and will officially support DDR5-5600 RAM, surpassing the existing maximum of DDR5-4800.

The star of the lineup is the new Core i9-13900K, boasting an impressive 32 threads and 24 cores optimized for gaming, streaming, and recording (comprising 8 P cores and 16 E cores). With a clock speed of 5.8 GHz and a 15% improvement in single-thread performance, this processor promises high frame rates and exceptional performance in top games. Notably, the i9-13900K exhibits significant advancements in multi-threaded performance, outperforming the i9-12900K by 41%, thanks to its larger cache, faster clock rates, and increased number of E-cores. The standard wattage for Intel’s 13th-generation CPUs remains at 125W, but under extreme conditions, the Core i9-13900K may consume up to 253W of power.

In conjunction with the 13th Generation Intel Core desktop CPUs, Intel also unveiled the new Intel 700 Series chipset, employing state-of-the-art technology to elevate performance and reliability. The chipset features eight PCIe 8.0 lanes, enhanced USB 3.2 Gen 22 (20 Gbps) connections, 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes for SSDs and other devices, and DMI Gen 4.0. Intel ensures backward and forward compatibility, allowing the use of older Intel 600 chipsets with the 13th-generation Intel Core CPUs.

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Price And Availability

Starting on October 20, the 13th Gen Intel Core desktop “K” CPUs, in combination with the Intel Z790 chipset, will hit the market. Further information regarding the 13th generation Intel Core processor family, as well as pricing details for different regions, will be disclosed at a later date.