Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S processors offer solid gaming and content creation performance. However, the launch of the 3D V-Cache chips spells trouble for Team Blue. The Ryzen 9 7950X3D has started overshadowing the Core i9-13900K in gaming workloads, with the 7800X3D on the way. Intel has decided to tackle the problem the usual way: Refresh.
The 13th Gen Raptor Lake lineup is getting a portfolio-wide refresh in the latter half of the year. It’s worth noting that Raptor Lake itself is a refresh of sorts. Ignoring the larger L2 cache, the Raptor Cove “P” cores are identical to the 12th Gen “Golden Cove” cores. Crestmont is virtually unchanged through the two generations. The 13th Gen Raptor Lake-H lineup for notebooks is already a refresh of the 12th Gen Alder Lake-H family.
According to @wxnod on Twitter, Intel will launch the 13th Gen Raptor Lake refresh sometime in August. Don’t expect any major changes on the architectural or SoC side. Some clock increments and perhaps some price cuts. There’s no chipset launch planned, so the 600 and 700 series board will last another year or so (if not more).
Rumors claim that Intel will launch the 14th Gen Meteor Lake processors alongside Arrow Lake in the first half of 2024. Meteor Lake-S will be based on mobile dies, forming the lower-end segment, while Arrow Lake will feature the full high-performance feature set of the desktop market.