Intel introduced Raptor Lake processors: with high frequencies, but at the price of their predecessors

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Yesterday, September 27, Intel officially announced the 13th generation of Core processors for desktop PCs – the line, codenamed Raptor Lake, currently includes three models, each of which is presented in two versions (with and without integrated graphics). During the official presentation, the company’s employees said that the new generation of blue team chips provides up to 15% performance improvement in single-threaded mode, while in multi-threaded mode, performance improvement is up to 41% compared to the previous generation. This was achieved through a new (if I may say so) architecture and increased clock speeds.

The flagship model of the new generation of processors is the Core i9-13900K model (there is a Core i9-13900KF without integrated graphics, but with exactly the same characteristics). This processor is equipped with 8 P-cores (performance cores) and 16 E-cores (energy efficient cores) with 32 threads (E-cores do not support Hyper-Threading). Also, this chip is equipped with 32 MB L2 cache and 36 MB Intel Smart Cache (L3). But the main advantage is that the P-cores of this processor can be automatically overclocked to 5.8 GHz, while the E-cores will run at 4.3 GHz with a base power consumption of 125 W (in Turbo mode – 253 W). Surprisingly, there was no price increase as the Core i9-13900K sells for $589 (the Core i9-13900K sells for $564). The flagship of the previous generation cost the same.

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The next in the line is the Core i7-13700K processor – it is equipped with 8 P-cores and 8 E-cores with 24 data processing threads, plus the processor received 24 MB of L2 cache and 30 MB of L3 memory. It is worth noting that this model has clock frequencies lower than those of the flagship – with increased load on P-cores, the frequency reaches 5.4 GHz, while for E-cores, the frequency rises to 4.2 GHz. And, as in the case of the flagship, the nominal power consumption is 125 watts, but under load in Turbo mode, this figure rises to 253 watts. For the Core i7-13700K, the manufacturer is asking $409 ($384 for the Core i7-13700KF).

The youngest model in the line is the Core i5-13600K processor – it received 6 P-cores and 8 E-cores with 20 threads, 20 MB of L2 cache and 24 MB of L3 cache. At the same time, the frequencies have dropped a little more – productive cores can be overclocked to 5.1 GHz, while E-cores will operate in Turbo mode at a frequency of 3.9 GHz. Here, too, the nominal power consumption of 125 W is indicated, but under load the parameter rises to 181 W. The Core i5-13600K will sell for $319 (Core i5-13600KF for $294).

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It is important to note that all six processors received 20 PCIe lanes – 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes. They also support DDR5 5600 and DDR4 3200 memory (there is support for XMP), and all models without the “F” index in the name are also equipped with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 770. Moreover, new motherboards were introduced especially for the 13th generation. boards based on the Z790 chipset (processors will also work on boards of the 600th series) – they will go on sale together with the processors on October 20th.

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