Intel’s 13th-gen Core desktop processors based on the company’s “Raptor Lake” architecture are official.

The first six chips in the series are coming October 20th, 2022 with prices ranging from $294 for a 14-core, 20-thread processor with no integrated graphics to $589 for 24-core, 32-thread chip with Intel UHD 770 graphics.

Intel says the new chips continue to be built using the company’s hybrid architecture that combines a set of Performance (P) and Efficiency (E) cores onto a single chip. But the company has doubled the number of E cores and boosted frequencies – the fastest 13th-gen chip shipping this fall will be able to hit speeds up to 5.8 GHz, and Intel says its first 6 GHz desktop chip is coming in 2023.

All told, Intel claims that the new chips bring up to a 15% boost in single-core performance and up to 41% better multi-core performance.

The company is also promising better performance-per-watt compared with its 12th-gen processors.

Here are some key specs for Intel’s first Raptor Lake processors:

Cores (P + E)ThreadsBase / Max P core freqBase / Max E Core freqGraphicsBase / Max powerPrice
i9-13900K24 (8+16)323 GHz / 5.8 GHz2.2 GHz / 4.3 GHzIntel UHD 770125 / 253$589
i9-13900KF24 (8+16)323 GHz / 5.8 GHz2.2 GHz / 4.3 GHzN/A125 / 253$564
i7-13700K16 (8+8)243.4 GHz / 5.4 GHz2.5 GHz / 4.2 GHzIntel UHD 770125 / 253$409
i7-13700KF16 (8+8)243.4 GHz / 5.4 GHz2.5 GHz / 4.2 GHzN/A125 / 253$384
i5-13600K14 (6+8)203.5 GHz / 5.1 GHz2.6 GHz / 3.9 GHzIntel UHD 770125 / 181$319
i5-13600KF14 (6+8)203.5 GHz / 5.1 GHz2.6 GHz / 3.9 GHzN/A125 / 181$294

All of the new chips feature 20 PCIe lanes (including up to 16 PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes), support for up to 128GB of RAM with support for up to DDR5-5600 or DDR4-3200 memory.

All of the chips are unlocked, which means there’s support for overclocking.

Intel says the Core i5 chips have 20MB of Total L2 cache and 24MB of Intel Smart Cache (L3), while the Core i7 chips have 24MB and 30MB, respectively, and the Core i9 chips have 32MB and 36MB.

The new chips are compatible with existing Intel 600 motherboards, as well as new Intel 700 series boards.

While the first Raptor Lake chips are high-performance 125W+ desktop processors, the company also says that it does have lower-power chips based on 13th-gen architecture in the works. Eventually we’ll also see 35W and 65W desktop chips as well as mobile processors in the U, P, H, and HX lines (15W, 28W, 45W, and 55+ watt, respectively).

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  1. Yah, none of Intel’s claims are true.
    Same performance but at 1/4 of electricity… something like that requires a big change. Not just doubling of small cores, higher voltages, and slightly better binned node.

    Overall, I think Intel’s 13th-gen is still playing catch-up to AMD’s Zen3 when it comes to performance-per-watt. They’re only competitive in terms of absolute performance, and that’s coming years later.

    Zen4 was initially a port of Zen3 to the new AM5 platform, they’re still cooking their next full architecture. Still AMD decided to upgrade Zen4 a little, and gave it more headroom voltage-wise. So not only does Zen4 beat Intel-13th on performance, they also do so with less energy. And by the time Intel can catch-up to Zen4 with their 15th-gen (maybe 14th-gen if we’re being generous), they’ll be a decent ways behind with AMD’s next-gen architecture. At this rate, Intel will become the budget option. They desperately need to bring Intel-Foundry back upto par with TSMC, which is feesible, otherwise Intel will start fabbing with TSMC as well for their high-end processors and use their in-house foundry to make their low-end processors, dGPU, and other flash components.

  2. Just built a fanless Pentium G6400 desktop with 8GB ram. Who needs this new stuff.
    Fun to read about though.

  3. With prices getting higher and higher for these CPUs (and GPUs, see: NVIDIA 4000 series) “older” tech is going to become more and more relevant for everyone except the most hardened enthusiast or businesses. An i5 starting at near $300 is wild to me