Intel Raptor Lake range officially launched


While a few hours ago, we offered you the test of the Raphael Ryzen 7000 processor range, Intel officializes tonight the launch of its 13th generation processor whose code name is “Intel Raptor Lake”. We were invited to Intel’s French offices last week to present the new features of this new generation. Intel keeps with Raptor Lake a “hybrid” architecture since it mixes two types of cores. We still find the P-Core and E-Core. We will see that on this 13th generation, Intel has doubled the number of E-Core. They have of course different roles. The first ones, the Performance ones , are designed to perform tasks requiring computing power and the second ones, the Efficient ones, for what is more similar to office automation or background tasks. Now, the two types of cores will work together depending on the task requested.

The i9-13900K, Intel’s new flagship:

This is the one that will proudly carry the flag of Intel. It is equipped with 8 additional E-Core to have 8 P-Core and 16 E-Core for a total of 32 threads . The maximum frequency can now wait for 5.8 GHz which should offer a gain of 15% on single thread applications and 41% on multi threads. This processor will also be available in “KF” version but will not use the iGP (Intel UHD 770).

Intel will be launching the i7-13700K(F) as well as the i5-13600K(F) simultaneously. In addition to seeing their number of E-Core doubled compared to the previous generation, the operating frequencies are also revised upwards. These six new processors will be available on October 20th.

Intel is once again putting overclocking in the spotlight with a new version of its Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) software. This one will now allow to use the 1-Click Overclocking as well as the possibility to modify independently the frequency of each core, either P-Core or E-Core. The idea is to make it easier for beginners to get started.

The power consumption also increases which is quite logical since the number of E-Core increases as well as the frequency. However, according to the slides, it is still controlled. We will judge it during our test against the previous generation but also against the new Ryzen 7000.

Here is a summary table where we added the Alder Lake processors so you can see the differences with these new Intel Raptor Lake.

Z790 chipset, retained LGA-1700 socket and backwards compatibility:

Who says new processors says new chipsets at Intel. At first, it is the Z790 chipset that will be available. Good news because this one keeps the LGA-1700 socket as well as the backward compatibility. In other words, you will be able to use an i9-12900K on the Z790 chipset and conversely, an i9-13900K on the Z690 chipset. Intel will continue to support DDR4 on this chipset but this should be the last time since the switch will be made definitively to DDR5 in 2024. So we are looking forward to receiving these new processors and motherboards built around the Z790 chipset to give you our impressions.