In the last few years, if there’s one thing Intel has gotten good at, it’s changing how a CPU works. Manufacturing problems forced Intel to release not one, not two. However, five processor generations were based on iterations of the sixth-generation Skylake core between 2015 and 2020. Despite this, Intel was able to increase clock speeds and core counts enough to stay competitive for most of this time.
Intel is going back to this method for its 13th-generation Core CPUs. Intel says that with Raptor Lake, which has the code name “Raptor Lake.”
What are the new modifications?
It has made some changes to the architecture of the CPUs and how they are made using the Intel 7 process. However, improving their performance is simple and has been used for a long time: add more cores and make them run faster.
Today, Intel announced three new CPUs, each with and without integrated graphics. The Core i9-13900K, Core i7-13700K, and Core i5-13600K will be available on October 20. Additionally, it will come with new Z790 chipsets and motherboards.
They will also work in all 600-series motherboards from the current generation as long as the BIOS has been updated. Moreover, they will continue to work with both DDR4 and DDR5 memory.
Seamless performance and more in store
Raptor Lake uses the hybrid architecture that Intel introduced in its 12th-generation Alder Lake chips last year. This combination of large performance cores (P-cores). Additionally, it keeps games and other performance-sensitive apps dashing. Moreover, these clusters of smaller efficiency cores (E-cores) will use less power.
However, testing across laptops and desktops, it’s clear that “efficiency” is more about the number of cores that can fit into a given area on a CPU die.
New additions to the processors
There have also been a few other additions. The amount of L2 cache per core has nearly doubled, going from 1.25MB to 2MB per P-core and from 2MB to 4MB per E-core cluster (E-cores always come in four clusters).
The CPUs will officially support DDR5-5600 RAM, which is more than the current maximum of DDR5-4800. However, the DDR5-4800 maximum can be easily surpassed with XMP memory kits on 12th-generation motherboards.
What will new core clusters bring?
In terms of core counts and speeds, the Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs get a different E-core cluster, bringing the total number of E-cores from four to eight. The Core i9 has two new E-core clusters, bringing the total number of cores from eight to sixteen.
All E-cores now have 400MHz faster maximum boost clocks than they did before. As K-series chips, these can be overclocked when used with Z690 or Z790 motherboards because they are not locked.