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AMD Ryzen 7000 vs. Intel Raptor Lake

This year, both AMD and Intel are launching their Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake processors, respectively, at around the same time. AMD is aiming to take back the single- and multithreaded performance crown from Intel, while Intel is looking to solidify its lead and hang on to the gaming crown it took back with its 12th-generation processors. Yet each company’s approach could not be more different. Although AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs are equipped with a new architecture and process node, they do not feature an increase in core count. Meanwhile, Intel is sticking with its 10nm process for its Raptor Lake CPUs and doesn’t seem to be pursuing major architectural changes; instead, it’s adding more cores.

Both Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake have been revealed, but so far, only reviews for AMD’s new chips are out. Still, we can get a pretty good idea of how things will go.

Pricing and availability

Ryzen 7000 launched on September 27, the very day Intel unveiled its Raptor Lake-powered 13th Gen CPUs, which will come out on October 20. Letting AMD have a month to itself might sound pretty bad for Intel, but things get more interesting when you look at the pricing for Ryzen 7000 and 13th Gen.

So far, AMD has announced four different processors for the midrange and high-end:

  • Ryzen 9 7950X, $699
  • Ryzen 9 7900X, $549
  • Ryzen 7 7700X, $399
  • Ryzen 7 7600X, $299

Ryzen 7000’s pricing structure is something of an improvement over Ryzen 5000’s, but it still doesn’t offer anything for buyers wanting something a little cheaper. Ryzen 7000 CPUs with 3D V-Cache are also not available yet, but AMD has confirmed they’re on the way. Hopefully, we’ll hear something about cheaper or V-Cache-equipped Ryzen 7000 CPUs at AMD’s CES 2023 presentation in January.

The Intel Core i9-12900KS box sitting in front of a gaming PC.
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Most of us expected 13th Gen CPUs would be more expensive than 12th Gen Alder Lake chips. Raising prices every single generation is just something Intel has done since 2017, and since Raptor Lake features many more cores than Alder Lake (thus increasing manufacturing costs), another round of price increases seemed likely.

Thankfully, most of us were wrong, and 13th Gen CPUs basically share the same pricing structure as 12th Gen CPUs. Intel, like AMD, has only launched its midrange to high-end CPUs, but we expect new models to come later.

  • Core i9-13900K, $589
  • Core i7-13700K, $409
  • Core i5-13600K, $319

But the thing is, Raptor Lake is adding core counts all across the board, and Intel isn’t skimping out, either. The end result of Intel’s pricing scheme is that the Core i9-13900K undercuts the Ryzen 9 7950X by over $100, and the 13900K could dethrone the 7950X’s short reign. The Core i7-13700K (which seems to be a supercharged Core i9-12900K) looks even more enticing as it’s about the same price as the Ryzen 7 7700X.

Architectures

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su talks about Ryzen 7000.
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AMD is introducing the new Zen 4 architecture with its Ryzen 7000 CPUs, and the big-ticket upgrades are 1MB of L2 cache per core (double from Zen 3), new AI instructions, and the use of TSMC’s new, enhanced 5nm node. Thanks to all those improvements plus several smaller changes, Ryzen 7000 promises a 13% boost in instructions per clock (or IPC) and a massive clock speed boost, from 4.9GHz on Ryzen 5000 to 5.7GHz on the top Zen 4 CPUs.

TSCM’s 5nm is particularly important because, compared to the older 7nm node, it offers up to either a 15% increase in clock speed for no additional power consumption or as much as a 30% reduction in power consumption at the same clock speed. Although these figures are often extremely optimistic, it certainly seems like Zen 4 is able to take full advantage of that potential boosted clock speed, as Ryzen 7000 is confirmed to run at 5.5GHz in moderately threaded applications like games, and potentially higher still when fewer cores are needed. However, Ryzen 7000 consumes much more power than Ryzen 5000 so that it can hit these frequencies.

Outside of the Zen 4 core itself, the IO die features an RDNA2 iGPU, bringing graphics to chiplet Ryzen CPUs for the first time. However, these graphics aren’t designed for gaming and are really aimed toward PC users that don’t want discrete graphics (like business PCs, for example) and also for use in high-end gaming laptops. Ryzen 7000 also supports DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 for both graphics and storage.

A hand holds the Intel Core i9-12900KS.
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Compared to last-generation Alder Lake CPUs, Raptor Lake is essentially bigger and more refined with three key improvements: higher clocked cores, more cores, and more cache. This has all been done without using a brand new process or a brand new architecture like AMD; Intel is still sticking with its Intel 7 process (also known as 10nm) and essentially the same cores we saw in Alder Lake.

When it comes to clock speed, Intel is claiming its Core i9-13900K’s P-cores can hit 5.8GHz out of the box, which is 600MHz more than the 12900K was capable of and 100MHz higher than what the 7950X is rated for. The E-cores, on the other hand, get a smaller boost of 400MHz, which is still pretty decent. This extra clock speed isn’t free, though, as it requires significantly more power, but more performance is more performance.

Raptor Lake also features a big increase in core count, but we’re talking about the smaller E-cores, which are more efficient but also much slower than the larger P-cores. That being said, it makes sense for Intel to add more E-cores since the P-cores are really there for single-threaded tasks; the E-cores are fine for multithreaded workloads.

But perhaps one of the most important changes is the cache, which can speed up several kinds of workloads, particularly games. The 13900K has double the L2 and L3 cache of the 12900K, with most of the additional cache coming from L2. This is very different from how AMD designs its CPUs; Ryzen CPUs have the bulk of their cache in L3, but Raptor Lake’s L2 cache is nearly as large as its L3. It’ll be interesting to see if Intel’s approach here is better than AMD’s.

Performance

AMD Ryzen 7000 benchmark in Blender.

We can’t be certain about the dynamic between Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake yet since the reviews for Intel’s new CPUs aren’t out yet, but we can get a pretty decent idea based on what we know so far.

At the Ryzen 7000 launch event, AMD claimed the Ryzen 9 7950X would have up to 29% higher single-threaded and 44% higher multithreaded performance than the Ryzen 9 5950X. This meant that against the Core i9-12900K, the 7950X would have a similar multithreaded performance advantage but just a 10% higher single-threaded performance. These claims were confusing since the 5950X is generally slower than the 12900K in multithreaded workloads, but it’s likely AMD based these claims off of Blender, which is very favorable to Ryzen 5000 CPUs.

In our review, we found that the 7950X was significantly faster than the 5950X, just like AMD said, but it was a different story with the 12900K. The single-threaded performance between both CPUs was about the same, with the 7950X being at most 6% faster, and the 7950X did win significantly in multithreaded benchmarks but by 30% or so, not 40%.

As for gaming, the 7950X was 13% faster than the 5950X and 8% faster than both the 12900K and the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. That’s lower than what AMD was claiming we should expect (the midrange Ryzen 5 7600X is apparently 11% faster than the 12900K), but in AMD’s defense, even slightly different testing methodologies can produce very different results in games.

Intel is also making some pretty big performance claims, saying the Core i9-13900K has 15% more single-threaded performance and 41% more multithreaded performance than the Core i9-12900K. Intel is basing this claim off of SPEC, though, a benchmark only Intel itself seems to use. However, Intel did show some benchmarks for content-creation applications, which are often multithreaded, and the results are interesting. On average, the 13900K was ~40% faster than the 5950X, which would put Intel’s new flagship up there with the 7950X.

It’s hard to evaluate gaming performance, but Intel claims the 13900K is about 10% to 20% faster than the 12900K on average. Compared to AMD CPUs, Intel says the 13900K has about a 25% lead against the 5950X and is about even with the 5800X3D. If we compare that against our own testing, then that implies the 13900K will be the fastest CPU for gaming, and that’s certainly possible when it has so much cache, but we’ll have to wait for the reviews to say for sure one way or another.

One big caveat with Raptor Lake is the E-cores. Having more is definitely better, but that doesn’t necessarily mean big performance gains. AnandTech tested what it would be like if the Core i9-12900K didn’t have any E-cores at all, and the publication found that Alder Lake’s eight E-cores improve performance by anywhere from 5% to 25% depending on the kind of work. That’s not a ton of extra performance, especially at the lower end, and it only helps for multithreaded workloads.

That being said, the clock speed and extra cache will definitely come in handy for all sorts of tasks, even if the E-cores don’t. Even in a worst-case scenario, the 13900K probably won’t be too far behind a 7950X in multithreaded performance and definitely has good odds for winning in single-thread, which is not as relevant as it used to be, but it’s still something.

Motherboards

AMD announces 600 series chipsets.
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AMD has announced three new chipsets to launch alongside Ryzen 7000: X670E, X670, and B650. The X670E chipset is for hardcore overclockers, X670 is for the typical high-end user, and B650 is for lower-end to midrange users. AMD hasn’t yet announced a successor to the A520 chipset, but A520 was a late addition to the 500 series, so that may come post-Ryzen 7000 release. For simplicity’s sake, since Intel’s current-generation boards are also the 600 series, we’re going to use socket names, so AM5 for AMD and LGA1700 for Intel.

All AM5 motherboards support DDR5, PCIe 5.0, up to 14 USB ports each at 20Gbps, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2. The maximum number of displays from the motherboard is also increased, from two on the 500 series to four on AM5. Overclocking support has not changed, and AM5 owners will be able to overclock on B650, X670, and X670E motherboards. AM5 motherboards are also compatible with AM4 coolers, which is great for any AMD user wanting to upgrade when Ryzen 7000 launches.

AMD is also introducing its EXPO memory overclocking feature, which is basically a fancy version of XMP. Unlike XMP, however, not all DDR5 kits will have support for EXPO, which is more of a feature for enthusiasts and overclockers than a new standard.

A lineup of Z690 motherboards.

Raptor Lake will be compatible with last-generation Alder Lake motherboards and also next-generation motherboards using the Z790 chipset, but at the moment, the new chipset appears to just offer more PCIe 4.0 lanes and faster USB ports. Intel’s LGA 1700 motherboards (new or old) support DDR5 (and DDR4, unlike AM5), PCIe 5.0, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2, just like AMD’s Ryzen 7000 boards. On a feature level, neither AMD nor Intel has a particularly large advantage.

One point for Intel is that all of its chipsets and motherboards support PCIe 5.0 on the x16 slot for graphics. Even the lowest-end LGA1700 board can support a next-generation PCIe 5.0 GPU. Meanwhile, PCIe 5.0 graphics on AMD’s AM5 motherboards is exclusive to higher-end models.

AMD does have better support for PCIe 5.0 solid-state drives (SSDs), however. All the AM5 chipsets that AMD has announced so far support at least one PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD, whereas no current Intel motherboards support PCIe 5.0 SSDs. Intel could launch new motherboards that support PCIe 5.0 SSDs with its Raptor Lake chips, however, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens there.

Intel’s LGA1700 motherboards support DDR4, though, which means Alder Lake (and presumably Raptor Lake) users don’t have to buy expensive DDR5 memory if they choose not to. Meanwhile, AMD’s AM5 motherboards don’t support DDR4, so users will have to buy DDR5 RAM.

Generally, both AMD’s and Intel’s 600 boards offer similar features. Intel does have an advantage over AMD in that you can already buy Raptor Lake-compatible boards, but that’s only relevant to people who already have an Alder Lake CPU or are planning to buy one in the near future.

AMD and Intel win some and lose some

Before anything was officially known about Ryzen 7000 and Raptor Lake, it seemed possible that AMD might regain the multithreaded crown despite Raptor Lake having eight additional cores, while Intel could retain the single-threaded crown despite Ryzen 7000 coming with significant IPC gains and increased clock speeds. This seems to be exactly what’s happening, and you really have to enjoy the irony here.

But raw performance is just half the story; value is also really interesting. AMD’s brand new flagship might be unassailable, but the Core i7-13700K and the Core i5-13600K have the potential to make people wonder if the Ryzen 5 7600X and the Ryzen 7 7700X are really worth the money.

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Intel Innovation 2022: live updates from Raptor Lake launch

It’s hardware season, and Intel is up to bat next. The company is hosting its next Intel Innovation event, and the focus at today’s event was the next-gen desktop processors, the 13th-gen Raptor Lake.

These highly anticipated new chips are the sequel to last year’s 12th-gen Alder Lake, which represented a massive sea change in the world of Intel chips. With the adoption of a higher core count, “hybrid” processors resulted in some impressive leads over the competition. But with AMD’s strong showing in Ryzen 7000, the pressure is back on Intel to deliver the performance needed to stay on top.

The event touched on far more than just these new processors, though. With over 100 sessions slated for the two-day conference for developers and partners, the keynote is only the tip of the iceberg — but it’s the part that PC enthusiasts will be paying the most attention to. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is expected to kick off the presentation, which began at 9 a.m. PT and can still be livestreamed from Intel’s website.

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That’s it! Keynote’s over

The opening keynote of Intel Innovation is over, but Gelsinger has already showed up in the post-show wrap-up, talking about the energy in the room and some of the major themes of the show. Gelsinger is such a relatable figure in the industry, and his roots as a developer who started his career at Intel continues to be referenced and put forth as core to Intel’s new identity.

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Linus Torvalds makes an appearance

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Intel has brought up a special guest, Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel. Gelsginer has given him a signed copy of the book he wrote on x86 development, which Torvalds said was his way into developing Linux himself. Torvalds spoke about his upbringing and called himself a “plodding engineer,” rather than someone who has some grand vision for the future of open source technology. Gelsinger ended the segment by awarding Torvalds the first Intel Innovation award for his contribution to the open source community.

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38 minutes ago

Samsung Display shows slidable display

A foldable screen shown at Intel Innovation.

The head of Samsung Display has been brought on stage to showcase the world’s first PC with a slidable display. Seeing that screen pull directly out was a pretty neat demo, even if it was just on a static image. The tablet is essentially turned from a 13-inch screen up to a 17-inch one, which looks pretty handy. The Samsung representative mentioned it as the next step forward in display innovation from folding displays, which are just now becoming available in some products.

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13th-gen chip family has officially been announced

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Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for! Gelsinger has officially announced the 13th-gen Raptor Lake family of chips. The big features are enhanced E and P cores, which combine in this hybrid architecture to result in the best single-threaded and multi-threaded performance, according to Gelsinger. Up to 5.8GHz on the high-end chip, with even a 6GHz model previewed to launch in 2023.

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Solving problems in game development

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A developer from Inflexion Games has been brought on stage, to showcase how Intel’s hybrid architecture aids in development. The developer is working on the game, Nightingale, and has mentioned that often in game development, they can only have one instance of the game world open at once, but in this system they have on stage, up to four or even eight instances can be open at the same time, which the developer says can significantly speed up development.

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Building AI models for the real world

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Gelsinger and crew are demonstrating how building AI models can be applied to coffee harvesters, training a model to get better yields out of coffee beans. Gelsinger has announced Intel Getti to capitalize on getting the ability to create computer vision models out to more developers and industries. The next demo is Chipotle, and in this case, computer vision models are being shown to help restaurants stay stocked, keep ingredients fresh, and even ensuring order accuracy, all run by small form factor edge devices. Intel cameras are mounted above the service lines, and they can detect the ingredients in real-time. The CTO from Chipotle was shown in a video clipping, noting that a full deployment of the Intel technology is coming to a large market in the coming months.

Gelsinger throws shade at GPU pricing

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Gelsinger has brought up a colleague on the stage to showcase her career, talk about Intel’s commitment an open ecosystem, and show some AI demos on 4th-gen Intel Xeon processors, but let’s just talk quickly about what the company is doing with the Arc A770. Gelsinger specifically mentioned how much people are complaining about the average price of GPUs today, and how Intel’s answer to that problem is the $329 A770. How these cards end up performing is still to be determined, but the messaging is clear: Intel wants to counter what Nvidia is doing with its sky-high graphics prices by launching its first gaming GPU as something the average PC gamer can actually afford.

Intel’s graphics get the spotlight

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Conversation around graphics is up next. Gelsinger mentions that graphics has always been a passion of his, and now that he’s back, he wants to finish. He has announced the Intel Data Center GPU Flex, and held the product up for display. Next, Gelsinger showcased the Ponte Vecchio for high-powered supercomputers, and ended with the Arc A770 card for gamers. Gelsinger says reviews are already being shipped out to reviewers.

The Systems Foundry recipe, UCIe

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Gelsinger is talking about everything that’s needed to drive forward the future of compute. In addition to the four major talking points, Gelsinger is touching on UCIe, the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express, an open standard that all major foundries have agreed to. Short videos clips of Samsung and TSMC were shown, pledging their partnership in supporting UCIe.

Moore’s Law is alive and well

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Gelsinger is speaking about the ubiquitous technological superpowers of the modern world, even using his own hearing aid that he pulled out of his ear as an example. He’s moving on to compute as the example of Intel’s contribution to this technology, proudly stating that Moore’s Law isn’t dead, as other companies have claimed. Gelsinger says Intel wants to be the stewards of Moore’s Law. Intel has put its roadmap of nodes on the screen to remind us of how aggressively the company is pushing ahead with nodes.

CEO Pat Gelsinger kicks things off

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After a delightfully old-school introduction, CEO Pat Gelsinger has taken to the stage in front of the live audience. This is the first tech event that feels like the tech events of the old days, and it’s giving me the warm fuzzies of nostalgia.

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Intel Raptor Lake release date leak spells good news for AMD

A new leak confirms what we already suspected — all signs point to Intel announcing its 13th generation Raptor Lake processors on September 27.

Considering that just yesterday, AMD revealed that Ryzen 7000 CPUs will become available on September 27, this spells bad news for Intel. Which giant will be able to steal the spotlight on September 27?

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A Twitter leaker shared what seems to be an Intel presentation from China that reveals various important dates for the upcoming next-gen lineup. It shows that Intel plans to break the news to the public on September 27 during its Intel Innovation event. We already expected this to be the case, and now, this leak only serves to solidify that suspicion.

According to the Twitter tipster, the product embargo date has been set to September 27 at 9.20 a.m. PT. The sales embargo lifts on October 20 at 6 a.m. PT, implying that would be the date when the CPUs appear for sale — almost a month after AMD’s Zen 4 platform hits the shelves. These dates apply to the enthusiast-level Intel Raptor Lake K and KF processors as well as the high-end Z790 chipset.

Intel will reportedly start taking pre-orders for the flagship Core i9-13900K (F) on the same day as the initial announcement, but those who want a Core i7-13700K or Core i5-13600K will have to wait until October 13 to pre-order. Further dates are less specific. Between February 19 and March 18, 2023, the product information and sales embargos will lift for the commercial and entry-level consumer and workstation CPUs.

Intel Raptor Lake will maintain socket compatibility with Alder Lake motherboards. It will be based on the 10nm “Intel 7” process node and will support dual-channel DDR5-5600 RAM as well as PCIe 5.0 (up to 28 lanes). So far, a total of 14 processors seem to be in the works, including four Core i9 models, four Core i7, five Core i5, and a single Core i3. Aside from the enthusiast Z790 platform, H770 and B760 motherboards are also expected to arrive at a later date.

The new Raptor Lake lineup will include some rather impressive CPUs. The flagship Core i9-13900K arrives with 24 cores (eight performance cores and 16 efficiency cores) and 32 threads. The base clock is said to be set to 3.0GHz and it can be boosted up to 5.8GHz for a single core and 5.5GHz for all cores. Intel definitely ups the numbers in terms of cache size, bringing the total to 68MB of combined cache. The maximum power consumption is said to be 250 watts, but it can go as high as 350 watts in Extreme Performance Mode. This dwarfs the new AMD Ryzen 9 7950X with its 170-watt TDP.

Bad luck for Intel

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With all that said, the fact that Intel is likely going to announce Raptor Lake on September 27 is just pure bad luck — or perhaps a good idea from AMD. It’s possible that Intel had already planned to break the news during Intel Innovation before AMD ever decided to push up the release date of Zen 4.

If Ryzen 7000 was to launch on September 15 (as per the initial rumors), AMD would hold the spotlight for those two weeks, and then Intel could attempt to reclaim it with its own products. Now, Intel’s big announcement will arrive at a time when the news cycle will be buzzing with information about the freshly-released Ryzen 7000 processors. It’s tough luck for Intel, but good news for the customers — things are about to get really exciting in the best CPU arena.

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Intel Raptor Lake unleashes monstrous power requirements

While we already know that Intel Raptor Lake is likely to introduce some hefty power requirements, it seems that Intel may have a plan to deliver even more performance — at a staggering cost.

According to a new leak, Intel will allegedly add a factory overclock mode to the flagship Core i9-13900K, bringing the performance up to a new level alongside a monstrous power limit of 350 watts.

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First reported by ProHardver, this extreme power limit comes as a surprise, but perhaps not entirely. We’ve already seen 13th-gen Intel processors hitting quite high overclocks, and the Core i9-13900K was spotted reaching higher numbers than any of them, maxing out at 345 watts. The difference is that this was all done through manual overclocking, and today’s leak suggests something else entirely — a factory mode prepared by Intel that will help you push your new CPU to the very limit.

The Raptor Lake-S CPU is said to support the 350-watt power limit on top of the default power limits that max out at 241 watts. This won’t be available on all motherboards. Intel’s next-gen CPUs remain backward compatible with current Intel 600-series motherboards, but to make use of the new power limit, users will presumably need one of the high-end 700-series boards instead. On these motherboards, you will have the option to boost your Core i9-13900K up to 350 watts.

With that feature enabled, the overall performance of the CPU is said to increase by up to 15%, which is pretty massive. Considering that Intel Raptor Lake is already said to bring in significant performance gains over Alder Lake, we could have an intensely powerful processor on our hands in just a few months.

Intel itself is yet to confirm the official specs for the new flagship, but most rumors point toward it being decked out with 24 cores (eight P-cores and 16 E-cores) and 32 threads as well as a clock speed of up to 5.8GHz. That frequency will likely be challenged by overclockers — we’ve already seen the Core i7-13700K breaking past the 6GHz barrier in an early benchmark, and these are still just engineering samples.

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This type of power comes at a price — 350 watts is a lot. You’ll need one beefy power supply unit (PSU) and appropriate CPU cooling to be able to support this kind of power consumption. If you pair the Core i9-13900K with one of Nvidia’s next-gen RTX 4000-series graphics cards, the power requirements are really going to be quite staggering. A 1,200-watt PSU will probably be a necessity in such a setup.

Intel is likely to reveal the lineup during its upcoming Intel Innovation event on September 27, and until then, the above will remain nothing but an exciting rumor. AMD is also readying its Zen 4 processors, which are now rumored to release on September 27 — the same day as the Raptor Lake announcement.

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Intel Raptor Lake finally makes DDR5 memory worth it

The upcoming Intel Raptor Lake processors will support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory, but it seems that the 13th generation of Intel CPUs might finally convince many users to switch to DDR5.

In a new benchmark, the Core i7-13700K was tested with DDR4 and DDR5 RAM. The latter truly made it shine, delivering a huge uplift in multicore performance.

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The benchmarked processor is Intel’s next-gen Core i7-13700K, which comes with 16 cores (eight Raptor Cove performance cores and eight Gracemont efficient cores) as well as 30MB of L3 cache. The base clock is rumored to be 3.4GHz with an up to 5.3GHz boost. Although the chip was already spotted in previous benchmarks paired with DDR4 RAM, today’s leak, first found by Benchleaks,  shows that DDR5 unlocks its true potential.

In the tests, the Core i7-13700K was paired with an ASRock Z690 Steel Legend Wi-Fi 6E motherboard for the DDR4 option, while the DDR5 system had the D5 version of that same motherboard. The only difference between the two boards lies in their memory slots. The tester used DDR4-3200 memory for the DDR4 test and DDR5-5200 for the DDR5 benchmark, which is the native memory supported by Raptor Lake. Both systems were running a total of 32GB RAM, meaning two sticks of 16GB each. However, the benchmark doesn’t reveal the timings or the exact model of RAM that has been used.

Now, let’s take a look at the scores each system was able to achieve. The DDR4 platform managed to hit 2,090 points in single-core and 16,542 in the multicore test. The DDR5 system reveals a tiny decrease in the single-core result (down to 2,069), but that’s within the margin of error. In multicore, the DDR5 platform managed to hit a 20% performance increase with a 19,811 score. This benchmark was first reported by Tom’s Hardware.

A similar benchmark was recently unearthed by VideoCardz, this time featuring an engineering sample of the mid-range Core i5-13600K. This time, the system was still proven to be faster when paired with DDR5 RAM, but the performance boost was limited to just 11%. Even then, these improvements, as well as future-proofing your computer through the use of a DDR5 motherboard, might be enough to make many customers consider trying out DDR5.

Intel introduced support for DDR5 memory with its current-gen Alder Lake platform, but so far, the adoption has been slow. DDR5 RAM is still overpriced, although costs have been slowly improving. As the technology becomes more widespread, the prices should continue to normalize.

AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 7000 processors will not offer DDR4 support at all, which means that Team Red enthusiasts will need to splurge on some of the best DDR5 RAM instead of sticking to DDR4. Both Intel Alder Lake and Intel Raptor Lake let you choose between DDR4 and DDR5, but clearly, using DDR5 might be a good way to make the most of your new CPU.

Intel Raptor Lake is reported to launch soon, with a rumored October release date, alongside a slew of other next-gen releases from AMD and Nvidia.

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New Intel Raptor Lake benchmarks deliver some weird results

With Intel Raptor Lake now on the horizon, the first benchmarks of the upcoming processors are starting to appear. Today, the mid-range Core i5-13600K was put to the test and compared to its successful Alder Lake predecessor, the Core i5-12600K.

The benchmarks returned … weird results. The Core i5-13600K blows its predecessor out of the water with an 80% improvement, but it also falls flat in another test with a 26% downgrade. What does this mean for the Raptor Lake lineup?

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A known leaker, Enthusiastic Citizen (ECSM_Official) on Bilibili, was able to get their hands on an engineering sample of the Intel Core i5-13600K. This pre-production model is labeled as “ES3,” meaning it’s the third engineering sample (ES) of the Raptor Lake CPU. Enthusiastic Citizen simulated the processor to run at the same frequency as a qualification sample (QS) and then proceeded to run tests on CPU-Z and Cinebench R23.

In order to accurately simulate a QS model, the tester had to bring up the clock speeds a notch. The performance (P) cores were tuned to a frequency of 5.1GHz while the efficiency (E) cores were brought up to 4.0GHz. Although Intel has yet to release the official specifications of the Core i5-13600K, ECSM says that the CPU comes with six P-cores and eight E-cores, adding up to a total of 14 cores and 20 threads. This is an upgrade over the Intel Alder Lake offering with 10 cores and 16 threads.

As far as the benchmark results go, there is certainly a bit of a discrepancy here. In the CPU-Z benchmark, the Intel Core i5-13600K did a great job across the board, hitting 830 points in single-core and 10,031 points in multi-core versus the 768 and 5,590 points achieved by the Core i5-12600K. As noted by VideoCardz, this comes to an 8% upgrade in single-core and a massive 79% upgrade in multi-core operations. Of course, an improvement is to be expected, but the 79% gain almost seems too optimistic to be real.

The Cinebench R23 test is where things get even more confusing. The Core i5-13600K scored 1,387 points in single-core and 24,420 in multi-core tests. While the multi-core improvement is still here, albeit less massive (40% versus 79%), the single-core test was definitely a letdown, resulting in a 26% downgrade. The tester didn’t explain this massive discrepancy between the benchmarks.

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Seeing as the benchmark results are all over the place, what does that mean for the Intel Core i5-13600K? Is it going to be a multi-tasking beast that falls flat on single-core tasks? It seems unlikely. It’s still early days and we’re dealing with engineering samples, so there’s no telling whether these test results are accurate. If they are, it means that Intel needs to go back and try to address that problem.

Such a weird discrepancy has no place going into mass production, so if it does keep showing up in further benchmarks, let’s hope that Intel gets it sorted out before the CPUs hit the shelves. The latest rumored release date for Intel Raptor Lake is in October, so time grows short.

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Intel Raptor Lake-S specs leak, but one detail is missing

New details about Intel’s upcoming 13th-generation Raptor Lake-S processors just emerged, giving us even more insight into the specifications and performance of these CPUs. The information was leaked as part of an Intel NAS Workshop presentation that took place in Shenzhen, China.

At first glance, everything looks great, with higher clock speeds and core counts. However, one key detail seems to have been passed over — there is no mention of PCIe Gen 5.0 support for M.2 modules.

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Is it still a leak if the information comes from Intel itself? That’s debatable, but it’s worth noting that Intel didn’t seem to choose to share it with the internet at-large just yet. The leaked slide was posted on the Chinese social media platform Baidu, but it comes from a presentation held by Intel, which gives it a whole new level of gravity compared to the previous leaks we’ve received thus far.

Intel Raptor Lake-S, rumored to release around October of this year, receives a few bits of exciting news from this slide alone. It’s now confirmed to support DDR5-5600 memory, marking a step up from the current-gen Alder Lake with its native DDR5-5200. It also retains support for DDR4-3200 RAM, seeing as it utilizes the same LGA1700 socket as Alder Lake, meaning that current motherboards will support both 12th-gen and 13th-gen Intel processors. Even though you’ll be able to use your current motherboard with Raptor Lake, manufacturers are still expected to release 700-series boards made specifically for 13th-gen processors.

Compatibility aside, Raptor Lake-S marks an upgrade over Alder Lake. The maximum core count will jump to 24 cores and 32 threads, and the new Raptor Cove P-cores will offer better instructions per clock (IPC) than the Golden Cove cores inside Intel Alder Lake. Boost clock speeds will also go way up, with some reports stating that Intel Raptor Lake will offer an up to 30% uplift in performance versus its predecessor and that it might even be capable of hitting 6GHz.

The new platform will also receive support for extra PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes while retaining PCIe Gen 5.0 support. However, there has been no mention of Intel adding new PCIe 5.0 lanes, which implies that Raptor Lake might still be limited to 16 lanes from the CPU. This is the same as Alder Lake, but it’s interesting that this detail has been omitted from the slide.

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Assuming Intel doesn’t add any extra PCIe 5.0 lanes, users will have to split the lanes between a discrete graphics card and a new Gen 5.0 M.2 SSD. Although PCIe Gen 5.0 M.2 SSDs are still hard to come by, they will undoubtedly become more widespread during Intel Raptor Lake’s tenure, which might mean that some users will have a difficult choice to make.

Aside from being powerful, the new Intel flagship is going to be power-hungry. The maximum power rating goes up to 260 watts, which, as Wccftech notes, is the highest number seen on the mainstream Intel platform. If you’re planning to pair a Raptor Lake CPU with one of the next-gen best graphics cards from Nvidia, you’ll need a monstrous power supply to ensure that everything is stable.

For the time being, it looks like AMD might beat Intel to the race — next-gen Ryzen 7000 CPUs are rumored to launch in September. However, with the two platforms launching so close together, the electronics market is certainly about to enter an interesting phase.

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Intel’s upcoming Raptor Lake may hit the enviable 6GHz mark

Intel’s 13th-generation Raptor Lake chips may be capable of boosting past the 6GHz mark if one tipster is to be believed. The company’s current Core i9-12900 CPUs are already capable of maxing out well over 5GHz.

The rumor comes courtesy of tipster @OneRaichu on Twitter, who claims at least one SKU of the CPU will be capable of a 6GHz turbo boost due to Intel’s Efficient Thermal Velocity Boost (ETVB) technology. That would make it the first x86 chip to reach that level of performance.

🥵6 GHz turbo MAYBE will appear in one SKU. (in ETVB mode)🤣
I guess it should not be normal sku. https://t.co/SFubzjdXNG

— Raichu (@OneRaichu) June 21, 2022

More confirmation of ETVB was revealed when Intel updated its Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) overclocking application to include “future platform” support for ETVB. As Wccftech notes, the overclocking features listed in the XTU changelog will be available to 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs as well.

As a refresher, Intel’s regular TVB “opportunistically” increases the clock speeds by up to 100MHz if the CPU is within its thermal limit and enough turbo headroom is available. This is how Alder Lake CPUs are able to get into the mid-5GHz range. The ETVB mode will likely be an improvement upon the TVB to perhaps allow even higher frequency boosts depending on how hot the CPU is.

This probably isn’t surprising considering some of the early benchmarks we’ve seen for Raptor Lake. In the Sandra benchmarking tool, it was found that the Core i9-13900 crushed the current Core i9-12900. However, we must caution that it was an early engineering sample that was tested so the actual performance numbers could vary upon release.

Obviously, AMD isn’t sitting on its laurels, with Team Red readying its own Ryzen 7000 chips built on the new Zen 4 architecture. AMD showed off impressive results at Computex 2022, beating Intel’s Core i9-12900K by 31%. It also showed the Zen 4 chip boosting up to 5.5GHz while playing Ghostwire Tokyo.

AMD CEO Lisa Su noted that even with such impressive results, Ryzen 7000 chips will be capable of of clock speeds “significantly” above 5Ghz. That’s not even counting any kind of overclocking potential. That said, if Intel is able to achieve 6Ghz without overclocking, that will still represent a remarkable achievement.

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New Intel Raptor Lake Leak Shows 24-Core CPU Coming in 2022

A new leak from YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead lays out Intel’s plans throughout 2022. According to the rumor, Intel plans on releasing Alder Lake HX mobile processors in early 2022, bringing desktop-class performance to laptops. The company is also gearing up for the next-gen Raptor Lake launch in late 2022, and the flagship chip from the range is said to feature a total of 24 cores.

We’ve known for a while that Intel plans on using a big/little core design for Alder Lake processors. Similar to Apple’s M1 chip and most mobile processors, Intel plans on using big, powerful cores to handle demanding workloads that only require a few threads. For multithreaded workloads, the processor can use little, high-efficiency cores to split the workload.

Alder Lake desktop chips will be based on two designs. The S1 design comes with eight big cores, known as Golden Cove, and eight little cores, known as Gracemont. The S2 design features six Golden Cove cores and no Gracemont cores.

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The leak says Intel plans on lifting the review embargo for its first Alder Lake processors on October 25. Intel plans on launching an i9, i7, and i5 processor around that time. The i9 will feature eight Golden Cove and eight Gracemont cores, the i7 will come with eight Golden Cove and four Gracemont cores, and the i5 will come with six Golden Cove and four Gracemont cores. All three processors will come with 32 execution units (EUs) based on Intel’s Xe graphics.

Following the desktop launch, the leaker says that Intel will announce Alder Lake mobile processors after CES 2022. These processors will support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 on mobile and come with 96 EUs for Xe graphics. The H-series chips will feature six Golden Cove and eight Gracemont cores. U-series chips for low-power laptops will come with two Golden Cove and eight Gracemont cores.

The most exciting news comes in the high-performance realm. The leak claims that Intel plans on launching Alder Lake HX processors at the same time, which are said to deliver desktop-class performance to laptops. This chip is based on the desktop design, with eight Golden Cove and eight Gracemont cores.

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Later in 2022, Intel will launch Raptor Lake processors. These chips also use the big/little core design, and they’re based on the same underlying architecture as Alder Lake. They’ll feature enhanced Golden Cove cores — called Raptor Cove — while using the same Gracemont cores from Alder Lake. They’re set to launch in time for the 2022 holiday season.

The flagship chip is said to feature eight Raptor Cove cores and 16 Gracemont cores, showing Intel’s dedication to this design. Raptor Lake processors will compete with AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 processors, but Intel’s fiercest competition may come from Apple.

“Honestly, Apple scares us much more than AMD at the moment. They aren’t sitting still, and we are worried they have far greater ambitions then most people are currently assuming,” an anonymous source told Moore’s Law is Dead.

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