Intel 13th-Gen Raptor Lake Release Date, Specifications, Price, and Benchmarks

The Intel 13th-gen Raptor Lake processors are coming! Here is everything we know so far, including the release date, specifications, price and benchmarks.

Once Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs came in full force, it quickly dethroned AMD and took over as the best performance-per-dollar lineup in the CPU world. Alder Lake CPUs are fast in gaming and very effective at productivity tasks, thanks to that split between performance and efficiency cores.

The successor to Alder Lake will be Raptor Lake, Intel’s 13th-generation processors that should bring a solid upgrade over the 12th gen CPUs. Faster, more efficient, and overall better than current offerings.

At the time of writing, information on Raptor Lake is scarce, but we’ve collected leaks, rumors, and other data to give you some expectations on these new CPUs.

Let’s have at it!

Updates +

  • September 28, 2022: Added Intel’s announcement for six Raptor Lake SKUs, benchmarks, specifications and more.
  • September 18, 2022: New specifications and performance leaks.
  • September 5, 2022: Updated specifications, added thermal performance/power usage information and benchmarks.
  • August 18, 2022: Added new specifications and performance leaks for the i9-13900K.
  • July 22, 2022: Added new leaks for Intel i7-13700K and i9-13900K.
  • July 18, 2022: Added new leaks for Intel i5-13600K.
  • July 12, 2022: Added new performance leaks and more chipset information.
  • June 24, 2022: Added new specifications, boost clocks and DDR4 support.
  • June 14, 2022: Information and grammar-related fixes, added performance leaks, and more.
  • May 7, 2022: Initial publishing of the article.

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Release Date

Intel Roadmap (Raptor Lake Release Date)

Intel announced that the new 13th-generation processors will be available on October 20, 2022, alongside the new Z790 motherboards.

AMD, on the other hand, already released the Ryzen 7000 processors, so they currently have the upper hand.

We’ll see exactly how these new CPUs fare against each other once we get third-party benchmarks for Raptor Lake.

If you’re looking for the next generation of Intel processors, Meteor Lake will be coming in the second half of 2023.

Price

Intel’s 12th generation CPUs were priced accordingly and delivered a great performance-per-dollar, easily taking down previous Ryzen best value processors.

Fortunately, Raptor Lake seems to hold the same prices, more or less.

  • Intel i9-13900K – $589
  • Intel i9-13900KF – $564
  • Intel i7-13700K – $409
  • Intel i7-13700KF – $384
  • Intel i5-13600K – $3190
  • Intel i5-13600KF – $294

The only noticeable change is that the Intel i5-13600K costs about $20 more than the i5-12600K.

Specifications

Intel Raptor Lake Various Specifications and Features

Intel’s 13th generation of processors use the same big.LITTLE architecture (as Alder Lake) on the 10nm Enhanced Superfin node or Intel 7.

Usually, without a node shrink, the generational performance difference is minimal.

However, the big.LITTLE architecture still has a lot of room to mature, leaving space for Intel to find more significant performance uplifts (think Zen 2 vs. Zen 3, both on 7 nm).

Still, it will not be an easy road for Intel because AMD has the advantage of TSMC’s 5nm process.

Here’s Intel’s slide of announced Raptor Lake SKUs:

INTEL 13TH GEN CORE RAPTOR LAKE PRESENTATION

For more specifications on unannounced CPUs, here’s our table:

CPUCoresThreadsBase FrequencyBoost ClockCacheTDPPrice
Intel Core i9-13900K8P+16E324.3 GHz5.8 GHz68MB125W$589
Intel Core i9-13900KF8P+16E324.3 GHz5.8 GHz68MB125W$564
Intel Core i9-13900F8P+16E322.0 GHz?68MB65W
Intel Core i9-139008P+16E322.0 GHz5.4 GHz68MB65W
Intel Core i7-13700K8P+8E 244.2 GHz5.4 GHz54MB125W$409
Intel Core i7-13700KF8P+8E 244.2 GHz5.4 GHz54MB125W$384
Intel Core i7-13700F8P+8E 242.1 GHz?54MB65W
Intel Core i7-137008P+8E 242.1 GHz5.2 GHz54MB65W
Intel Core i5-13600K6P+8E203.5 GHz5.1 GHz44MB125W$319
Intel Core i5-13600KF6P+8E203.5 GHz5.1 GHz44MB65W$294
Intel Core i5-135006P+8E202.5 GHz?24MB65W
Intel Core i5-134006P+4E162.5 GHz4.6 GHz20MB65W
Intel Core i3-131006P+0E83.4 GHz?12MB60W

We’re excited to see how these new SKUs will fit on our CPU Hierarchy list.

Benchmarks

Third-party testing is always considerably more informative and genuine, but for now we can use Intel’s charts to see exactly how these new processors fare.

Let’s start with the most controversial chart.

INTEL 13TH GEN vs Ryzen 5950X and 5800X3D

At first glance, the Intel Core i9-13900K seems to destroy AMD’s competition claiming 58% better performance in Marve’s Spider-Man Remastered.

However, if we look a bit deeper into the image, we’ll notice that Intel’s warped reality is not true.

The Ryzen 7 5800X3D, undoubtedly one of the world’s fastest gaming processors, does not get a dedicated column. Instead, it’s added as just one tiny red line above the 5950X.

So, the i9-13900K is not the fastest in every single benchmark and definitely not up to 50% faster when compared to AMD’s fastest gaming CPU.

Nevertheless, Intel’s new i9 is undoubtedly fast, and it may take the gaming crown, but we had to address Intel’s sneaky marketing.

INTEL 13TH GEN CORE RAPTOR LAKE frame consistency

Furthermore, Intel’s Core i9-13900K supposedly delivers much better 99th percentile framerates compared to AMD’s previous flagship. In The Riftbreaker, the i9 even has more than 100% better 99th percentile framerates.

Intel i9 13900K vs Intel i9 12900K in 30 games

Based on this chart, the i9-13900K could be 5-10% faster than its predecessor, which isn’t a huge generational improvement, but it may be just enough to beat AMD.

What is definitely for sure is that these newly announced processors will be quite a bit faster in multi-threaded tasks thanks to all those extra cores.

Intel Raptor Lake Performance per watt

Intel claims that even when the i9-13900K is locked at 115W, it outperforms the i9-12900K by about 20%.

Raptor Cove And Core Count

Intel does have a few aces up its sleeve. In this new generation of processors, Intel will also introduce the new high-performance (P-Cores) core, Raptor Cove, which will replace Golden Cove cores from Alder Lake.

There is also an increase in cores. Raptor Cove cores will go up to 8 while E-cores will go up to 16.

Intel Raptor Lake core count

Three of the most popular SKUs get an upgrade in cores, threads, and core clock.

We’re interested to see how the i9-13900K will boost considering Intel’s new boost technology, Enhanced Thermal Velocity Boost. Will it stay at 5.8 GHz or will it go above 6.0 GHz like some leakers mentioned?

Although, the Intel Core i9-13900K and i9-13900KF are currently the only CPUs that have Thermal Velocity Boost Frequency.

One thing is for sure is that Intel will have a strong contender for the fastest gaming CPU title with a supposed IPC increase and this kind of boost clock.

More Cache

AMD’s flagship gaming CPU, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, has a considerable performance gain over the regular 5800X thanks to the new 3D V-Cache technology. AMD managed to cram 96MB of L3 cache in one CPU with this technology.

So, it’s apparent that cache memory can significantly impact gaming performance. Maybe that is why Intel is also planning to bump up L2 and L3 cache. At least that’s what the leaks suggest.

Intel Raptor Lake Cores
Image credit:@Olrak29_

So, each Raptor Cove core will get 2Mb of L2 cache (compared to 1.25Mb for Golden Cove), while each Gracemont Cluster may have between 2MB to 4MB.

L3 Cache will also be upgraded to 3Mb per P-Core and 3Mb per Gracemont Cluster. So, potentially that’s 32MB of L2 cache + 36 MB of L3 cache, which amounts to 68MB of cache.

Socket

LGA1700 Socket

Intel is well known for changing its socket/platform too frequently, but, fortunately, this new generation of CPUs will fit in the same LGA1700 socket that Alder Lake used.

So, if anyone is looking to upgrade from Alder Lake to a Raptor Lake chip, any of the old motherboards will suffice. But, of course, with the right BIOS version.

Unlike AMD though, Intel will continue its support for DDR4 memory with Raptor Lake, ultimately making the switch to this new platform relatively cheaper.

So, when you’re building your Intel 13th-Gen system, you can either go with DDR5 or DDR4 with the 700 series motherboards. Supposedly, the new motherboards will support DDR5 @ 5600 MHz out of the box.

More USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports will be added, and Thunderbolt 4 will be included.

However, it’s not all good news.

Based on this leak by Twitter user 9550pro, the new motherboards will not have any PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots. New Intel motherboards will support PCIe 4.0 M.2, but that’s already outdated considering that the new Ryzen platform will have PCIe 5.0 M.2 functionality.

PCIe 5.0 M.2 opens up the room for considerably faster SSDs which we imagine is something many people have been waiting for.

This slide also confirms the leaks that Raptor Lake will support DDR4 too.

Performance Leaks

Currently, we have no official information on the performance capabilities of Intel’s Raptor Lake processors, but we do have a couple of leaks we would like to share.

Intel Core i5-13600K

With an 830 score in the single-core benchmark, the new i5 is about 8% faster than its predecessor, and with a 10031 score in the multi-threaded benchmark, it’s 80% faster than the i5-12600K.

That’s an insane generational increase in performance, but only if this new i5 maintains its pricing.

However, that’s not all!

Enthusiastic Citizen also tested the new 14-core CPU in Cinebench R23. In the multi-threaded test, the i5-13600K scores about 40% better than the older i5. At the same time, it also scored 26% worse in the single-core benchmark.

Core i5 13600K cinebench R23 leak

There is a disparity between these two benchmarks, which is another sign why we must not take rumors and leaks as facts.

We’re certain that Intel’s new processors will go through a lot more testing and (hardware and software) optimizations before they release. That is when we will have an accurate picture of 13th-gen’s performance.

At least, we hope these new CPUs will be optimized and Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs.

Intel Core i9-13900K

Weirdly enough, Extreme Player got their hands on the i9-13900K and already has a review up on their Bilibili channel.

Even though most of the review is in Chinese, here’s some information me managed to grab.

13900K vs 12900KF Extreme Player
Source: Extreme Player, Techpowerup

If these benchmarks are to be believed, the i9-13900K comes out anywhere between 2% to 10% faster than the i9-12900KF. Of course, we’ll need a larger sampler size to decide exactly how fast this new flagship is.

Overall, there are no huge gains in average FPS. Even in CSGO, a game that relies heavily on single-core performance, we see around 3% more FPS.

However, what’s interesting is the minimum FPS improvements in all games. Although the minimum FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2 looks abnormal, so take that data with a bit of salt.

13900K vs 12900K minimum FPS

Extreme Player’s chart shows that the minimum FPS is improved by almost 30% in 1080p. With a higher minimum FPS, players experience a much smoother experience without any stuttering and hitching, so that’s definitely a huge plus.

Here are some additional gaming performance numbers by EJ Hardware:

As we can see, the numbers are all over the place. In several games, the new Intel Core i9-13900K underperforms the Intel Core i9-12900K.

We are confident this won’t be the case when the i9 releases. This could be a case of bad BIOS, drivers, and not enough optimizations.

Finally, we’ll have a look at power consumption.

13900K vs 12900KF power consumption bilibili

Keep in mind that engineering samples usually have higher power consumption. When the i9-13900K is officially released, it will probably have much lower peak power consumption.

To further establish the gap between the Intel i9-12900K and i9-13900K (both running at unlimited power), ECSM_Official created this chart after running the CPU through various benchmarks.

13900K vs 12900K at unlimited power chart

All of these benchmarks, like Cinebench 20, Cinebench 23, 7z compress and decompress, Winrar, etc., are all multi-threaded workloads. On average, the Raptor Lake i9 comes out almost 41% faster than the Alder Lake i9.

Single-core performance on the i9-13900K is around 15% better than the older i9.

Overall, this is pretty good news for Intel, but there’s also some bad news. AMD will be introducing AVX-512 support with their Ryzen 7000 processors, so Intel won’t be able to rely on AVX-512 for extra performance anymore.

Intel Core i7-13700K

Additionally, here’s an i7-13700K leak in Geekbench.

i7 13700K in geekbench leak

By comparing scores, we can see that the i7 comes very close in single-core performance to the i9-13900K while outperforming last gen CPUs.

In multi-core tests, the i7 has performance comparable to the Ryzen 5950X and i9-12900K.

Final Words

Rocket Lake isn’t supposed to shake the CPU world as Alder Lake did. Alder Lake brought a brand new architecture and a much smaller fabrication node than previous generations. This allowed Alder Lake to surpass Ryzen in productivity and gaming workloads.

Since Raptor Lake will use that same architecture and fab node, we expect a performance difference between 10% and 20%. Of course, it’s still only a guess for now.

Once Intel releases more specifications and other information regarding Raptor Lake, be sure that we’ll update this article with the necessary data.

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