Intel 13th Gen Core Processors Revealed: Raptor Lake Unleashed @ Hot Hardware

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Intel is kicking things up with their announcement of the 13th generation Core processor, commonly called Raptor Lake.  The new processor is not a complete departure from the Alder Lake design and more of a "Tock" release where the design has been refined for better performance and better market support.

The socket will remain the same however there will be a new chipset and series of motherboards to support the new processor.

Raptor Lake remains a hybrid architecture with a mix of P (Performance) and E (Efficiency) cores. The P-cores in Raptor Lake, however, will boost to considerably higher frequencies. The P-cores in the first salvo of high-end 13th Gen Core processors will boost up to 5.8GHz, and at an event held in Israel a couple of weeks back a special-edition SKU that will boost to a full 6GHz was teased. The number of E-cores in 13th Gen Core will be increased as well – up to 2X is some models. And the L2 cache for both the P- and E-cores is larger too. There will be 2MB of L2 available per P-core (that’s double what’s in Alder Lake) and 4MB per E-core cluster. All told, the combination of higher clocks, more cores, and more cache – along with some additional tuning within the design – results in a 15% uplift in single-threaded performance and a 41% uplift in multi-threaded workloads.

I was a little skeptical when Alder Lake launched since it took a radical departure from what we have come to expect from a processor.  As I started using and experimenting with the processor I have come to accept this as the new standard, both in performance and efficiency.  By the looks of it Raptor Lake takes that concept a step further and once again proving that Hardware is way ahead of Software.

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