Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake specs, release date & more: what we know

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Intel’s 13th gen Raptor Lake marks the 13th generation of Intel Core processors, succeeding the 12th generation Alder Lake chips released in 2021. Intel will continue to build upon its hybrid core design first introduced in the Alder Lake processors, making use of high-performance P-cores and low-power E-cores to get the job done. 

We’re going to provide everything we know so far on Raptor Lake, including the release date, price, and specifications. We’re even going to speculate on some other more exciting points too. 

Now read: Best Intel 12th gen motherboard 

Some of the topics we will be discussing in this article are: 

  • What is Raptor Lake?
  • 13th gen release date
  • 13th gen price
  • LGA 1700 socket
  • Rumors
  • Leaks

What is Intel’s Raptor Lake? 

Intel Raptor Lake is the codename for the up-and-coming 13th generation of Intel Core processors based on a similar hybrid architecture (LITTLE.big) as Alder Lake. Intel is still using the same P-core and E-core architecture as Alder Lake. 

13th gen intel

Raptor Lake will be built upon Intel 7, which is Intel’s in-house 10nm manufacturing process. Raptor Lake is built based upon the LGA 1700 socket, meaning Intel might be keeping its promise to keep LGA 1700 relevant for a few years. 

There’s not much official information out there just yet about Intel’s Raptor Lake, but it has been said by Intel that its 13th generation flagship contains 24 cores (8-P + 16-E) and 32 threads. 

The 13th gen Raptor Lake CPUs will continue support for DDR5 memory, despite the issues 12th-generation CPUs have faced with the new RAM standard.

What is LITTLE.big? 

LITTLE.big is a hybrid architecture designed by ARM. Splitting cores using ARM’s LITTLE.big technology was Intel’s 12th generation’s biggest talking point when it was unveiled, and the way LITTLE.big technology works is very interesting. 

How the split P-cores (performance) and E-cores (efficiency) work exactly is the performance cores are both hyperthreaded and clocked insanely fast to handle all the heavy lifting – hence the name ‘performance’  

Then there are the E-cores, which aren’t hyperthreaded and are clocked at lower speeds to be more power-efficient. This is because E-cores do not share resources with threads as they aren’t hyperthreaded. 

In the case of Windows, the operating system assigns tasks to either E-cores or P-cores based on a scan of an instruction set by a task scheduler before it hits a CPU core. It saves power by not running P-cores on tasks that don’t require a lot of processing power.   

What is LGA 1700?

The LGA 1700 socket was announced back at CES 2021, specially designed for Intel’s latest hybrid architecture. The LGA 1700 socket features an additional 500 contacts compared to its predecessor (clues in the name). Intel has increased the socket height by 7.5mm and changed the socket dimensions to 78mm x 78mm. 

LGA 1700

LGA 1700 supports all the latest motherboard technology, such as the DMI 4.0 x8 Bus interface, up to 128GB ECC memory, up to 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1 x 16x or 2 x 8x PCIe Gen 5 slots, and Optaine memory support. Just to name a few. 

Intel 13th gen release date 

We don’t have a solid release date yet for Intel’s Raptor lake CPUs, but we do have a release window. 

At an investor meeting in February 2022, Intel confirmed its 13th generation Raptor Lake CPUs were on track to release in the second half of 2022. This is the same release window as Zen 4 and AM5

We know that Intel likes to cut AMD off at the pass, exhibit A would be when Intel released the 12900KS just a couple of weeks before AMD dropped its highly anticipated 5800X3D. If intel is planning on pulling the same stunt, we could see a release as early as September 2022. 

Raptor lake Price (predicted)

Intel’s 13th gen isn’t too groundbreaking in terms of improvement over Alder Lake, it’s going to be a subtle performance improvement with some optimizations. And we’re going to treat the predicted price as such. 

We’re predicting that we may see a 5%-15% price increase over Alder Lake chips, depending on the CPU of course. So these are the prices we predict for Raptor Lake. 

  • I9 – 13900K – $739 to $750
  • I7 – 13700K – $410 to $440
  • I5 – 13600K – $320 to $340
  • I3 – 13100 – $130 to $150

Please note that all of these prices are predicted, We don’t even know all of the 13th generation SKUs for certain yet. So take these prices with a grain of salt. 

It’s unlikely we will see a 13900KS this time around unless Intel makes serious improvements to the 13th generation based on the performance of AMD’s Zen 4 CPUs. 

Intel 13th generation Raptor Lake CPU specifications (rumors)

intel 13th gen

At the very same investor meeting that gave us our rough release window, a few Intel 13th generation specifications and key features were mentioned. We don’t have too much on Raptor Lake right now, but here’s what we do have. 

Intel’s adoption of ARMs LITTLE.big architecture is expected to continue into Raptor Lake, this comes as a surprise to nobody. Intel has certainly gained strength with the inclusion of ARMs technology in their CPUs. 

Intel’s February 2022 Investor meeting also revealed that Raptor Lake flagships could include 24 CPU cores in an eight-performance and 16 efficiency-core configurations, totaling 32 threads. 

Intel also said it’s aiming for performance improvements over Alder Lake in the double digits, presumably meaning a percentage increase. If this is true we could potentially see a new “worlds fastest” CPU within the 13th gen line-up. 

Based on Intel 7, the 13th generation of CPUs will be built upon the 10nm process. 

Raptor Lake CPU line-up 

The full Raptor Lake line-up has been leaked by the YouTube channel Adored TV

intel raptor lake leak

The key points here are that the core and thread counts vary massively from 24-core and 32-thread, in the high-end i9 systems. To four-core and four-thread, in some of the more budget-focused Intel Pentium chips. 

This diagram depicts the full 13th gen CPU line-up set to release sometime in the second half of 2022. 

We’ve already seen TDP numbers, they are very similar to Alder Lakes numbers, suggesting that Raptor Lake might be a little bit more efficient if we’re seeing higher potential clock speeds with the same TDP. 

According to Wccftech, we could see the flagship Raptor Lake CPUs hit 5.8GHz boost speeds. That is seriously impressive considering the TDP will remain in the same ballpark as Alder Lakes.

Intel 13th gen Raptor Lake performance 

A Twitter user by the name of @TUM_APISAK, spotted benchmark results of a high-end 13th gen chip – presumably the 13900K. 

The result of which stated that the Raptor Lake chip was around 20% faster than the 12900K and AMD’s  Ryzen 9 5950X – Receiving a score of 114% on UserBenchmarks. However, we’re sure AMD will have something to say about this when it releases the first of its Zen 4 CPUs

Final word 

There’s not much out there in terms of news regarding Intel’s 13th generation of CPUs, but we can assure you that the fight for the top dog between AMD and Intel will continue. Intel’s Raptor Lake is promising some pretty strong things, but will it hold up? Or will it flop as the 12900KS did? 

We will update information in this article as more up-to-date Raptor Lake info comes to light. We hope you found what you were looking for in this Intel 13th gen Raptor Lake article.

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