What’s new in the thirteenth generation processors?

During Intel’s Innovation Keynote on September 27, 2022, Intel finally revealed its 13th generation Raptor LLC chips. This follow-up is expected to provide powerful 12th-generation Intel Core processors with more power and efficiency.


Announced just a month after AMD debuted its new 7000 series chips, Intel’s 13th generation chips are expected to handle the latest Team Red offering. So, what exactly do we get from Team Blue?


Thirteenth generation Intel processors

During the keynote, Intel revealed six 13th-generation Raptor Lake chips: the i5-13600K, i7-13700K, and i9-13900K, as well as the KF variants that don’t have integrated graphics. These chips provide more cores and faster operating speeds while providing more efficiency.

Apart from that, it also features support for the latest technologies, such as DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5.0, while maintaining backward compatibility with DDR4 and PCIe Gen 4.0. High-end Intel Core i9 Unlocked chips also feature Adaptive Boost and Thermal Velocity Boost technology, allowing the processor to increase its frequency even more, depending on power availability and thermal rise.

Each chip model also has a larger CPU cache than the previous generation. This increase is justified by the higher number of cores and higher clock speeds that Raptor Lake chips can reach.

More cores

All 13th generation processors get a bump in their core numbers. The i5-13600K processor, which previously had no electronic cores, now gets eight of those, bringing the total to 14. The i7-13700K also gets eight efficiency cores, higher than Alder Lake’s four electronic cores. Finally, the i7-13900K doubles the eight cores of the previous generation to a whopping 16, giving Intel’s best enthusiast chip a total of 24 cores.

Although the performance cores of all Raptor Lake chips remain the same as 12th generation CPUs, the increase in efficiency cores allows 13th generation CPUs to perform better in multitasking.

For example, suppose you are viewing a video on Adobe Premiere Pro and running the work on another application such as Adobe Lightroom. When Premiere Pro is in the background, its workload is transferred to E-Cores. You can continue working in Lightroom with P-Core with minimal performance impact.

Clock speeds

Aside from the additional electronic cores, all 13th generation processors receive a clock speed bump. The 12th generation 12900K beats 5.2GHz. However, the mainstream i5-13600K now has a maximum clock speed of 5.1GHz.

If the model numbers go up, the i7-13700K can hit 5.4GHz, while the i9-13900K has a super clock speed of 5.8GHz.

Intel has announced that it will release a Raptor Lake chip that will reach 6.0GHz out of the box in early 2023. This is a massive performance boost, and we’re excited to see how these chips perform in real world tests.

More power, higher efficiency

With all of these improvements, you can expect these chips to have massive power draw – and you’re right. Although it still has the same base TDP of 125 watts, it requires significantly more when using the Turbo.

The i5-12600K, i7-12700K, and i9-12900K had maximum TDPs of 150W, 190W, and 241W. On the other hand, their 13th-generation counterparts now need 181W for the i5-13600K and 253W for the i7-13700K and i9-13900K. Those are huge increases, especially for the i7-13700K. However, these also come with a massive bump in processing power.

Despite this, the company claims that its Raptor Lake chips are more efficient than Alder Lake CPUs. According to Intel, their verification platforms showed that the 13900K running at 65W performed on par with the 12900K at 241W. And when you hit the i9-13900K at max TDP, the chip performs 41% better than its predecessor.

Choose RAM

While Intel’s Raptor Lake chips are DDR5 compatible, they still support DDR4 RAM, allowing computer builders to upgrade their 12th-gen processors without having to upgrade the RAM. This is in contrast to AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors, which only work with DDR5 memory.

Although DDR4 RAM may hamper CPU performance, it allows users to upgrade their systems incrementally. After all, DDR5 RAM is still very expensive. So, even if you don’t have the budget to upgrade your RAM, you can actually enjoy the increased performance that Raptor Lake processors offer.

Intel 13th-Gen: Going head to head with the Ryzen 7000

AMD’s Ryzen processors allowed it to take advantage of Intel, and it performed so well that it allowed the company to capture up to half the market.

However, Intel will not take this up. They’ve released massive chips in the form of Alder Lake CPUs, and Raptor Lake looks just as impressive. However, while the Raptor Lake processors build on what Intel has accomplished with its 12th-generation chips, AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs aren’t flabby either.

These two new processor families are heating up the CPU industry, with both processors offering great performance. Naturally, we can’t wait to get our hands on one, so we can check out both and see how they perform against the other.

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