Intel’s 13th-gen Raptor Lake processors are on their way! Here’s everything we know so far about their release date, specifications, price, and benchmarks.
When Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs arrived, they quickly replaced AMD as the best performing CPUs in terms of value. Alder Lake CPUs offer great gaming performance and are very effective for productivity tasks, due to the split between performance and efficiency.
The next generation of Intel processors will be Raptor Lake, bringing significant improvements over the current 12th gen CPUs. These new CPUs will be faster, more efficient, and overall better performers.
We’re still waiting on more information about the upcoming Raptor Lake CPUs, but we’ve gathered what we can from leaks, rumors, and other sources.
Here’s what to expect from these new processors.
The wait is finally over for Intel’s 13th generation of processors, codenamed Raptor Lake. This release date has been highly anticipated by fans and tech enthusiasts around the world, as it is set to bring some of the most significant changes and upgrades that Intel has ever seen.
Although we have not yet received any word from Intel, rumors from reviewers at bilibili suggest that an official announcement for Raptor Lake will take place in late September, with the CPUs releasing on October 17th, 2022.
Intel’s 14th-Gen Meteor Lake CPUs are rumored to be released sooner than expected (Q2 of 2023), so AMD will have to work hard to keep up with their competition.
The Intel 13th-Gen Raptor Lake processor will offer up to 24 cores and 32 threads. The processor will have a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and a boost clock speed of 5GHz.
The Intel 13th-Gen Raptor Lake processor is expected to offer excellent performance in games and productivity applications. The processor is also expected to offer good power efficiency.
Intel 13th Gen ‘Raptor Lake’ CPUs Specifications
The new Raptor Lake CPUs will be built on the same cutting-edge Intel 7 process node as the Alder Lake processors. They’ll also utilize the same high-performance LGA 1700 socket used by 12th Gen Core components, making 13th Gen Intel Core chips somewhat backward compatible with existing top-of-the-line motherboards.
You may not notice much of a performance difference between generations when it comes to CPUs. For example, Intel’s 10th and 11th generation SKUs don’t differ much, especially when comparing the higher-end SKUs.
Intel has confirmed that its upcoming Raptor Lake processors will feature up to 24 cores and 16 threads. Rumors from leaker @OneRaichu indicate that the Intel Core i9-13900K could see a turbo clock speed of up to 6GHz, which would be absolutely amazing!
Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs Expected Features:
- Up To 24 Cores & 32 Threads
- Brand New Raptor Cove CPU Cores (Higher P-Core IPC)
- Based on 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ process node
- Supported on existing LGA 1700 motherboards
- Dual-Channel DDR5-5600 Memory Support
- 20 PCIe Gen 5 Lanes
- Enhanced Overclocking Features
- 125W PL1 TDP (Flagship SKUs)
AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs are moving onto TSMC’s 5nm node, which would give them the advantage – smaller nodes typically allow chip makers to fit on more transistors.
|Intel Raptor Lake||Intel Alder Lake|
|Process node||Intel 7 (10nm)||Intel 7 (10nm)|
|Max clock speed||6GHz (rumored)||5.2GHz|
However, Intel would like to remind everyone that the size of the process node is no longer the only thing that determines a processor’s performance.
Intel Raptor Lake Price
Intel’s 12th generation CPUs are very fairly priced and offer amazing performance per dollar. They easily beat previous Ryzen processors when it comes to value. If Raptor Lake does indeed stay on 10nm, pricing shouldn’t change much.
Here are our Intel 13th Gen price estimates:
- Intel i9-13900K – $569
- Intel i7-13700K – $399
- Intel i5-13600K – $269
- Intel i5-13400 – $229
- Intel i3-13100 – $149
Our estimates are based on the prices of similar products. We believe the price of these products will stay the same, but if AMD offers lower prices, Intel will have to lower their prices too.
Intel 13th-gen Raptor Lake: Socket Compatibility
Good news, everyone! Even though Intel is known for changing its socket/platform pretty frequently, the new generation of CPUs will fit in the same LGA1700 socket that Alder Lake used. So no need to worry about upgrading your motherboard anytime soon.
So, if anyone is upgrading to a Raptor Lake chip, they can use an old motherboard with the right BIOS version.
One of the most significant changes is the switch to a new LGA 1700 socket, which is not compatible with existing LGA 1200 motherboards. The new socket will require a new chipset, which Intel has yet to announce.
You can find some motherboards from ASRock that will support DDR4. What’s even more interesting is that our this blog lists some Z790 and H770 motherboards that support the new RAM.
Intel is continuing to support DDR4 memory with its Raptor Lake processors, ultimately making the switch from DDR4 to this new platform relatively cheaper.
Raptor Lake will also bring support for DDR5 RAM, as well as a number of other new features including PCIe 4.0 support and integrated Thunderbolt 4.0.
When you’re building your Intel 13th-Gen system, you have the choice of using DDR5 or DDR4 with the 700 series motherboards.
As far as performance goes, Intel has said that Raptor Lake will offer “significant” gains over the previous generation. However, they have yet to release any concrete benchmarks or specifications.
We haven’t been able to test any Raptor Lake processors, so we can’t verify any performance claims. But we’ve seen reports from Extreme Player, a processor reviewer over in China, that they’ve been able to get their hands on an early sample of the Intel Core i9-13900K.
There’s a lot of data we can process here, especially with a CPU that won’t be released any time soon.
He claims that the Intel Core i9-13900K provides approximately 10% higher single-core performance and 35% higher multi-core performance than the existing Intel Core i9-12900KF.
Even if this reviewer has got their hands on an early sample, it’s important to remember that this could be a pre-production chip and may not reflect the true performance of the final product.
Our previous leaks about the i5 having 16 cores (6P + 8E) and 20 threads seem to be correct. The performance cores boost up to 5.1 GHz, while the Efficient cores can go up to 3.9 GHz.
We have tons of other great architectural info to share in the sections below. But first, let’s take a quick break to check out the leaked Raptor Lake benchmarks.
Now let’s take a look at that CPU-Z benchmark score to see how Raptor Lake performs.
Intel Core i5-13600K
The new i5 has a single-core benchmark score of 830, which is about 8% faster than the previous model. It also has a multi-threaded benchmark score of 10031, which is 80% faster than the i5-12600K.
Wow! That’s a huge performance increase from one generation to the next.
I hope they don’t raise the price too much though. There’s more good news though!
The difference between these two benchmarks is another reminder of why we should never take rumors or leaks as facts.
We’re excited to see what new possibilities PCIe 5.0 M.2 will bring for SSDs – faster speeds that many people have been hoping for!
Although it’s not expected to make as big of a splash as Alder Lake did, Rocket Lake still has the potential to make some waves in the CPU world.
The wait for Intel’s new 13th-gen CPUs is almost over as the company has finally announced its release date, specifications, price, and benchmarks. The new Raptor Lake CPUs are set to release on October 26th and will be available in four different SKUs: the Core i9-11900K, Core i7-11700K, Core i5-11600K, and Pentium G6400.
With a base clock speed of 3.5GHz and a boost clock speed of 5GHz, the 11900K is the fastest CPU that Intel has ever released. It is also one of the most expensive CPUs on the market with a retail price of $530.
Frequently Asked Questions
What socket will Intel 13th Gen use?
As we’ve mentioned in one of the sections above, Intel’s 13th gen Raptor Lake will use the same LGA1700 CPU socket used by Alder Lake chips. This means you’ll be able to carry your existing LGA1700 motherboards.
Will Alder Lake CPU coolers work with Raptor Lake processors?
Happy to hear you’ve just gotten some new CPU coolers for your Alder Lake-based PC build! The good news is that those will also work with our next-gen Intel chips. That’s because the 13th gen Raptor Lake processors use the same LGA1700 CPU socket.
Will Raptor Lake be based on the 7nm process?
No, the next-gen Intel Raptor Lake CPUs will still be based on the same 10nm design that Intel used for Alder Lake processors.
Will Raptor Lake work with DDR4 memory?
As of now, there’s no official confirmation about Raptor Lake chips supporting DDR4 memory.