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 +

  • 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)

We can’t give you an exact release date for Intel’s 13th generation of CPUs because no such date has been announced by Intel.

Supposedly, Raptor Lake should release in 2H of 2022 to compete against AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors.

However, we’re nearing the second half of 2022, and Intel still has not published anything regarding these new processors. But, Alder Lake did release in November 2021, so it fits the timeline for Raptor Lake to release in November 2022.

Specifications

Intel Raptor Lake Specifications

Intel’s 13th generation of processors will have the same big.LITTLE architecture on the 10nm Enhanced Superfin node (Intel 7).

Usually, without a node shrink, the generational performance difference is minimal. Intel’s last couple of CPU generations are an excellent example of that. The difference between Intel’s 10th and 11th generation SKUs is negligible, especially between the high-end SKUs.

However, this new 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 easy for Intel to stay competitive because AMD is switching to TSMC 5nm, giving them an advantage.

Here’s a table of (potential) Raptor Lake SKUs:

CPUIntel Core i9-13900KIntel Core i7-13700KIntel Core i5-13600K
Cores8P+16E8P+8E6P+8E
Threads322420
P-Core Boost Clock6 GHz?5.6 GHz?5.4 GHz?
E-Core Boost Clock???
Cache68MB54MB?44MB?
TDP125W125W125W

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

Raptor Cove And Core Count

But, 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 will also be an increase in core count, but the maximum Raptor Cove cores will be 8, while E-cores will go up to 16. Intel will continue using the same E-cores (Gracemont) from Alder Lake.

So, flagship SKUs like the i9-13900K can have up to 24 cores and 32 threads. A solid jump from the 16 cores (24 threads) in the 12900K.

Here’s an AdoredTV video showing the possible core/thread combinations for all Raptor Lake SKUs:

Back in April, 2022, Raichu, a known leaker, mentioned that the Raptor Lake SKU (i9-13900K/KS) will boost 200-300 MHz over the i9-12900KS. This would mean around 5.8 GHz for the next-gen flagship.

But, Raichu comes again with more news on this topic and mentioned that the Raptor Lake flagship, may turbo up to 6 GHz. This is probably the i9-13900KS. This will be the first consumer CPU to reach this level of frequency with conventional cooling.

However, the 6 GHz clock speed will probably be possible for only one or two cores combined with Intel’s new clock boost technology called Enhanced Thermal Velocity Boost.

Maybe that’s what Intel meant by advertising “Enhanced overclocking features.”

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.

What’s even more interesting is this list of ASRock motherboards by VideoCardz. Some of the Z790 and H770 motherboards will support DDR4.

So, unlike AMD, it seems that Raptor Lake will continue its support for DDR4 memory, ultimately making the switch to this new platform cheaper.

Price

Intel’s 12th generation CPUs were priced accordingly and delivered a great performance-per-dollar, easily taking down previous Ryzen best value processors. If Raptor Lake truly stays on 10nm, pricing shouldn’t deviate too much.

Here are our Intel 13th Gen price estimates:

  • Intel i9-13900K – $589
  • Intel i7-13700K – $409
  • Intel i5-13600K – $289
  • Intel i5-13400 – $209
  • Intel i3-13100 – $139

We’re basing these estimates on their predecessors. We believe the price of all of these SKUs will remain mostly intact. But, if AMD introduces exceptionally competitive pricing, Intel will have to cut down on pricing.

Performance Leaks

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

First, we’ll have a look at this arithmetic benchmark from Sisoft Sandra 20/21.

Intel i9 13900 benchmark leak Sandra 20 21 Arithmetic

Because of those extra 8 E-cores on the i9-13900, it blows the Alder Lake i9 out of the water. In certain tests, the new i9 is around 33% faster than its predecessor.

It even outperforms the Ryzen 9 5900X in all tests even though this benchmark favors AMD’s Ryzen CPUs.

However, there’s also a Vector SIMD benchmark that we’ll need to look at, and the performance difference there isn’t as impressive.

Intel i9 13900 benchmark leak Sandra 20 21 SIMD

Here, the Ryzen easily outperforms both the 12th and 13th-gen Intel CPUs. And when you compare numbers between those two Intel CPUs, the difference is almost negligible.

So, what does this tell us for the future of Intel? Well, if this benchmark is truly accurate and if the i9 is running at full force, it’s good news for AMD.

The bad news for Intel is the fact that AMD will be introducing AVX-512 support. These SIMD workloads can benefit from AVX-512, so you can imagine just how big of a performance increase Ryzen 7000 will see.

Of course, this is a very early engineer sample that’s clocked lower, so we can’t really base our entire opinion on this series of CPUs on just one benchmark.

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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