Updated on 09/03/2022 at 6:33 p.m. GMT+5: Fixed an error where I had mistakenly interpreted graphic ID hex codes as Arc branded SKUs. Thanks to @Komachi_Ensaka and @Videocardz for pointing this out.
So I have another update for our readers today. A quick look at Intel’s upcoming 13th Gen processor lineup. Intel will announce Raptor Lake on September 27, and the sales ban is expected to lift on October 20. While the dates may vary a bit depending on Intel’s wishes, the specs are more or less set in stone (apart from slight bumps or drops in clock rate). Raptor Lake is going to be a very interesting update from Intel and I’m told will take the performance crown for this generation.
Intel unleashes the raptors: flagship Core i9 13900k will have 24 cores (8+16), 5.5 GHz all-P-core turbo and integrated “A780h” GPU
Intel is preparing a total of 14 SKUs for this launch. First, you have the six vanilla SKUs: Core i9 13900k, Core i7 13700K, Core i5 13600k, Core i9 13900, Core i7 13700, and Core i5 13400. Five of these SKUs feature integrated graphics with the ID of A780h device that has 32 EUs and clock speeds between 1.6 GHz and 1.55 GHz. Intel offers the ability to overclock the integrated GPU for K-series processors. The Core i5 13400 is the only processor in this batch to have a different integrated GPU with device ID A782h and a reduced engine of 24 EU and a clock speed of 1.55 GHz.
This range varies between a TDP of 125W for the K-series and 65W for the non-K-series (although burst power is significantly higher at 125W unless capped) and features configurations of clock from 24 cores to 10 cores. The flagship Core i9 13900K has 8 P cores and 16 E cores while the Core i5 13400 has 6 P cores and 4 E cores. 5 of the 6 processors in this line support DDR4 memory up to 3200 MHz and DDR5 up to at 5600MHz.
The Core i3 only supports DDR5 up to 4800 MHz. Of course IMC OC is supported so you can use memory with much higher clock speeds for all of this. The Core i9 13900K has a cache size of 36MB while the Core i5 13400 has a cache size of 20MB. The socket is LGA1700 and ECC support is present for all SKUs except the Core i7 13700 and Core i5 13400. The exact core breakdowns with clock speed levels are shown in the table below.
Then we have the KF and F series processors which do not contain an integrated GPU (and will therefore be slightly cheaper). All F-series SKUs are basically identical to their non-F counterparts, except for the removal of the iGPU and the removal of ECC support.
Finally, we have the T-series processors which are Intel’s low-power variety. The Core i9 13900T and Core i7 13700T have a base TDP of just 35W and are designed for enterprise applications. That’s why both have ECC support and iGPU. Clock speeds are slightly more conservative due to the lower TDP and no GPU OC support. Interestingly, the iGPU is clocked at 1.6 GHz for both SKUs and adaptive boost is present in the Core i9 13900T.
Initial benchmarks reveal that Intel has a winning product on its hands with an absolute beast of a processor that should take this generation’s performance crown. However, just like the last generation, the TDP numbers can be misleading as the burst power will be significantly higher than stated. The flagship processor can easily have bursts of up to twice the base TDP before easing down to PL1. We also expect extremely competitive pricing from Intel, as AMD will also launch its 7th Gen Ryzen processors around the same time. So whichever camp you’re on, now would be a good time to level up if you’ve been resisting.