Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S processors are set to be released during thing holiday season, Tom from MLID has reported. These chips are launching with the primary aim of tackle AMD’s Ryzen 7000 offerings (slated to land as early as mid-September). The earliest Raptor Lake can launch is November, states one of Tom’s sources. This gives Raphael at least two months to dominate the enthusiast gaming market.
Some of the sources close to MLID predict a delay to 2023, although, I personally find that unlikely. A late 2022 launch is more probable. This makes even more sense considering that the 14th Gen Meteor and Arrow Lake-S desktop chips are planned for a late 2024 launch.
Raptor Lake doubles down on multi-threaded performance, L3 cache, boost clocks (=5.8GHz), and overclocking. We’re talking about E-core counts of up to 16 and 24, overall. To back them up, the L3 cache will be increased to 36MB, and 68MB, overall. The boost clocks will also be pushed over 5.5GHz while the memory speeds will be bumped up a notch. At the same time, support for DDR4 memory will be retained on lower-end boards as well.
AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors will be restricted to DDR5 memory. Only the high-end X series parts, namely the 7600X, 7800X, 7900X, and 7950X will be launched in September. The rest of the Zen 4 family will be released gradually through 2023.