Intel plans on launching its 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S processors for the desktop DIY market later this year. Coinciding with AMD’s Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” release, these processors will leverage the Raptor Cove architecture for the P-cores and retain the Gracemont architecture for the E-cores, albeit with twice the cores (8P + 16E). The Intel 7 node will be retained in a more mature form.
According to the above source, Raptor Lake will have significantly improved boost clocks despite featuring the same node as Alder Lake. We’re talking about boost clocks of up to 5.8GHz, an increase of 300MHz over the recently launched Core i9-12900KS. This should be sufficient to confer an uplift of at least 10-15% in gaming performance when combined with the optimization of the cache hierarchy and the hybrid core scheduler.
On AMD’s side, the chipmaker launched the Ryzen 7 5800X3D with an aim to snatch back the gaming crown and has done so successfully as per third-party reviews. The octa-core processor featuring 96MB of L3 cache (64MB 3D stacked) is roughly on par or faster than the Core i9-12900K (price tag of just $449). Team Red is slated to launch its next-gen Ryzen 7000 CPUs based on the Zen 4 core architecture later this year. These chips will utilize the newer AM5 socket, faster DDR5 memory, and include support for the PCIe Gen 5 interface. According to company CEO Dr. Lisa Su, they will boost well over the 5GHz mark, courtesy of TSMC’s 5nm process node. However, in terms of core count, we’re looking at 16 cores at the top-end (across two CCDs) while Intel’s Raptor Lake will pack a total of up to 24 cores.