Intel's 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs & Z790 Motherboards Launching In October, Mainstream Lineup at CES 2023, Rumor
According to the leaker, Intel plans to reveal its 13th Generation Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs on the 28th of September during the upcoming Innovation event. The company is stated to lift the review embargo on the same date which means that users can get to see performance testing of the chip several weeks ahead of retail launch.
- 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPU Unveil - 28th September (Innovation Event)
- 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPU Review Embargo - 28th September (Innovation Event)
- 13th Gen Raptor Lake "K-Series" SKU & Z790 Retail Launch - 17th October
- 13th Gen Raptor Lake "Non-K" SKU & H770 / B760 Launch - 5th January (CES 2023)
The retail launch of Intel's 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs will take place on 17th October that is three weeks after the review embargo lift. The initial launch lineup will consist of three SKUs that come in unlocked "K" flavors. These will include the Intel Core i9-13900K, Core i7-13700K, and Core i5-13600K. The Core i9-13900K will feature 24 cores and 32 threads, the Core i7-13700K will feature 16 cores and 24 threads while the Core i5-13600K will feature 14 cores and 20 threads. All CPUs will feature the latest Raptor Cove P-Cores and Gracemont E-Cores, offering increased cache, clocks & I/O capabilities.
Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake-S & 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S Desktop CPU Comparison (Preliminary):
|CPU Name||P-Core Count||E-Core Count||Total Core / Thread||P-Core Base / Boost (Max)||P-Core Boost (All-Core)||E-Core Base / Boost||E-Core Boost (All-Core)||Cache||TDP||MSRP|
|Intel Core i9-13900K||8||16||24 / 32||TBA / TBA?||TBA||TBA||TBA||68 MB||125W (PL1)|
|Intel Core i9-12900K||8||8||16 / 24||3.2 / 5.2 GHz||4.9 GHz (All Core)||2.4 / 3.9 GHz||3.7 GHz (All Core)||30 MB||125W (PL1)|
|Intel Core i7-13700K||8||8||16 / 24||TBA / TBA?||TBA||TBA||TBA||54 MB||125W (PL1)|
|Intel Core i7-12700K||8||4||12 / 20||3.6 / 5.0 GHz||4.7 GHz (All Core)||2.7 / 3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz (All Core)||25 MB||125W (PL1)|
|Intel Core i5-13600K||6||8||14 / 20||TBA / TBA?||TBA||TBA||TBA||44 MB||125W (PL1)|
|Intel Core i5-12600K||6||4||10 / 16||3.7 / 4.9 GHz||4.5 GHz (All Core)||2.8 / 3.6 GHz||3.4 GHz (All Core)||20 MB||125W (PL1)|
The 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs will be accompanied by the Z790 motherboards that will offer better VRMs for overclocking and support for higher-end DDR5 memory DIMMs since the new chips can support native JEDEC speeds of up to DDR5-5600. There will also be DDR4 variants but it looks like motherboard makers are going to put slightly more emphasis on DDR5 memory since it will be competing with AMD's Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs.
If we take into consideration the rumored 15th September launch date for Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs, then it looks like Raptor Lake will be a month late and may have to compete with the Zen 4 3D V-Cache parts which are also confirmed by AMD themselves to land this year.
The Z790 chipset will offer 20 PCIe Gen 4 & 8 PCIe Gen 3 lanes while the CPUs will feature 16 PCIe Gen 5 and 4 PCIe Gen 4 lanes. We know that motherboard makers will have a few products which will split the x16 discrete graphics card lanes with an x4 PCIe Gen 5 M.2 slot. Intel won't have native PCIe Gen 5 M.2 support till 14th Gen Meteor Lake chips.
Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs Expected Features:
- Up To 24 Cores & 32 Threads
- Brand New Raptor Cove CPU Cores (Higher P-Core IPC)
- Based on 10nm ESF 'Intel 7' process node
- Supported on existing LGA 1700 motherboards
- Dual-Channel DDR5-5600 Memory Support
- 20 PCIe Gen 5 Lanes
- Enhanced Overclocking Features
- 125W PL1 TDP (Flagship SKUs)
As for the Non-K Intel 13th, Gen Raptor Lake CPUs, & the more mainstream H770 & B760 options, those are going to be unveiled at CES 2023 on the 5th of January, 2023. Intel is sticking with its LGA 1700 / 1800 socketed platform for at least one more CPU lineup and that's Raptor Lake. Chipzilla confirmed that Raptor Lake CPUs will be compatible with the existing LGA 1700 motherboards based on the 600-series chipset.
Intel Mainstream Desktop CPU Generations Comparison:
|Intel CPU Family||Processor Process||Processors Cores/Threads (Max)||TDPs||Platform Chipset||Platform||Memory Support||PCIe Support||Launch|
|Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen)||32nm||4/8||35-95W||6-Series||LGA 1155||DDR3||PCIe Gen 2.0||2011|
|Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen)||22nm||4/8||35-77W||7-Series||LGA 1155||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2012|
|Haswell (4th Gen)||22nm||4/8||35-84W||8-Series||LGA 1150||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2013-2014|
|Broadwell (5th Gen)||14nm||4/8||65-65W||9-Series||LGA 1150||DDR3||PCIe Gen 3.0||2015|
|Skylake (6th Gen)||14nm||4/8||35-91W||100-Series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2015|
|Kaby Lake (7th Gen)||14nm||4/8||35-91W||200-Series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2017|
|Coffee Lake (8th Gen)||14nm||6/12||35-95W||300-Series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2017|
|Coffee Lake (9th Gen)||14nm||8/16||35-95W||300-Series||LGA 1151||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2018|
|Comet Lake (10th Gen)||14nm||10/20||35-125W||400-Series||LGA 1200||DDR4||PCIe Gen 3.0||2020|
|Rocket Lake (11th Gen)||14nm||8/16||35-125W||500-Series||LGA 1200||DDR4||PCIe Gen 4.0||2021|
|Alder Lake (12th Gen)||Intel 7||16/24||35-125W||600 Series||LGA 1700/1800||DDR5 / DDR4||PCIe Gen 5.0||2021|
|Raptor Lake (13th Gen)||Intel 7||24/32||35-125W||700-Series||LGA 1700/1800||DDR5 / DDR4||PCIe Gen 5.0||2022|
|Meteor Lake (14th Gen)||Intel 4||TBA||35-125W||800 Series?||LGA 1851||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0||2023|
|Arrow Lake (15th Gen)||Intel 20A||40/48||TBA||900-Series?||LGA 1851||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0||2024|
|Lunar Lake (16th Gen)||Intel 18A||TBA||TBA||1000-Series?||TBA||DDR5||PCIe Gen 5.0?||2025|
|Nova Lake (17th Gen)||Intel 18A||TBA||TBA||2000-Series?||TBA||DDR5?||PCIe Gen 6.0?||2026|