Intel's 13th Gen

Intel’s 13th Gen Desktop CPUs Are Revealed

Intel's 13th Gen
Intel’s 13th Gen Desktop CPUs

Intel’s 13th Gen Core CPUs, codenamed ‘Raptor Lake,’ deliver the ‘world’s greatest gaming experience,’ the chipmaker boasts.

The new 13th Gen Intel Core family features six unlocked desktop processors with up to 24 cores, 32 threads, and clock rates up to 5.8 GHz, promising outstanding performance for all types of users, especially gamers, recorders, and streamers.

Michelle Johnston Holthaus, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group, said, “We’re raising PC performance standards again with our Intel’s 13th Gen Core Processors.”

“The Intel’s 13th Gen Core family is the latest example of how Intel enables outstanding PC experiences across all PC product segments. With an industry-leading partner ecosystem and breakthrough solutions like Intel Unison, we’re showing the world what’s possible with PCs in the future “said.

Intel says the 13th generation is 15% and 41% faster than the 12th in single- and multi-threaded performance.

The new CPUs are built on Intel’s 7 process and x86 performance hybrid architecture, with P-cores and E-cores that intelligently partition tasks using Intel’s Thread Director. Intel’s 12th Gen CPUs used the same architecture.

13th-gen Intel Core Processors

Intel will eventually release U-, P-, H-, and HX-series chips for laptops and 35W and 65W S-series processors for desktops, Mock added. The 13th-gen family will eventually offer no less than 50 CPUs. For present, K- and KF-series chips are in the spotlight.

Intel announced:

14 cores (6 performance, 8 efficiency)/20 threads at up to 5.1GHz; P-core: 3.5GHz (base) to 5.1GHz (turbo); E-core: 2.6GHz (base) to 3.9GHz (turbo)
Core i7-13700K ($409): 16 cores (8 performance, 8 efficiency)/24 threads at up to 5.4GHz; P-core: 3.4GHz (base) to 5.3GHz (turbo); E-core: 2.5GHz (base) to 4.2GHz (turbo)
24 cores (8 performance, 16 efficiency)/32 threads at up to 5.8GHz; P-Core: 3.0GHz (base) to 5.4GHz (turbo); E-Core: 2.2GHz (base) to 4.3GHz (turbo)
Intel provides three “KF” models without an integrated GPU: the $564 Core i9-13900KF, the $384 Core i7-13700KF, and the $294 Core i5-13600KF.
We no longer assign a processor’s clock speed. Even fast speeds must be qualified. The Core i9-13900performance K’s core can “only” boost to 5.4GHz, however one core may reach 5.8GHz. Intel’s Turbo Max 3.0 debuted in 2019.

Power is no longer simple. Intel execs revealed the 13900K or KF series’ PL2 value is 253W while the Core i5-13600is K’s 181W.
All three CPUs include Intel’s UHD Graphics 770, with slightly different clock speeds for the Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 components.

Mock suggested Intel’s new processors produced better yields than the 12th-gen Alder Lake chip, also on Intel 7. 1 million Alder Lake-K chips will be shipped by the end of 2021, Mock claimed.

13th-generation Raptor Lake PCs

Changes First, the new 13th-gen Core “Raptor Lake” chips have an enhanced “Raptor Cove” CPU core with increased speed routes, said Intel’s senior director of mobile marketing. Intel 7 has a 3rd-gen SuperFin transistor. Intel’s enhanced design and “mature” process technologies boost performance, says Intel fellow Guy Therien.

Doubled efficiency cores. Mock stated the efficiency cores’ cache was also enhanced. Intel’s hybrid design employs performance cores for active apps and efficiency cores for background chores that would steal CPU cycles.

Intel’s Windows 11-integrated thread scheduler can also prioritise efficiency cores under heavy loads. The new Windows 11 2022 Update optimises the Thread Director and improves how Windows handles background operations, enhancing the efficiency of a Raptor Lake PC running the latest version of Windows. Intel has no plans to develop a version of Thread Director that lets you manually assign performance and efficiency cores.
Raptor Lake will be paired with Z790 motherboards, which offer DDR5-5600, -5200, and DDR4-3200 memory. Board builders can use 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes from the CPU. The 900MHz faster computational fabric improves I/O performance. Thunderbolt 4 and Intel’s Killer WiFi 6E will remain.

All Intel 600-series and 700-series boards will be backwards-compatible with a manufacturer-supplied update for 13th-gen Raptor Lake.

Interesting: USB 3.2 Gen 22 I/O support. USB ports on Z790 computers will be capable of 20Gbps, compared to 10Gbps for conventional USB-A and USB-C ports. Adding this feature to mobile devices could boost USB-C dongle performance.

Raptor Lake Performance

Here’s how Intel compares processor performance: The new Core i9-13900K offers 15% more single-threaded and 41% more multi-threaded performance than the Core i9-12900K. Raptor Lake’s single-threaded performance is better than Alder Lake, but the increase in cores and threads should boost overall performance. Marcus Kennedy, general manager of Intel’s gaming and esports sector, demonstrated gaming tests showing 13th-gen Core chips were up to 24% quicker.
Intel’s Raptor Lake announcement revealed AMD’s plans for much of its Ryzen 7000 CPU family and their performance. Now we wait for 13th-gen Intel Core benchmarks.

Fall is a great season for DIY desktop builders. AMD, Nvidia, and now Intel have revealed new products. Official testing will show if their claims are true.


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