Intel has “accidentally” revealed the specs of the new Raptor Lake processor family, hoping to distract from the big AMD Ryzen launch.
Published right on the official website (since withdrawn), we find detailed frequencies and core counts for three processor models, Core i5-13600K, Core i7-13700K and Core i9-13900K:
Thus, the top of the Intel Core i9-13900K range will have no less than 24 physical cores (8 high performance cores + 16 high power efficiency cores). The first 8 also feature HyperThreading technology, bringing the number of available threads to 32. The model has a specified maximum P-Core frequency of 5.4GHz, available via Intel Thermal Velocity Boost technology.
Slightly cheaper, the Core i7-13700K model comes with 16 physical cores (8 high-performance cores with HT + 8 high power-efficiency cores). The P-Core frequency reaches 5.3GHz, which means that performance in mainstream applications (including PC gaming) will be comparable to the i9, with only users using intensive applications (e.g. rendering, video editing) motivated to choose the 24-core variant.
Labelled Core i5-13600K, the most affordable model on the list comes with 14 physical cores (6 high-performance cores with HT + 8 high power-efficiency cores). The P-Core frequency reaches 5.1GHz, recommending this model for gaming PCs and workstations with a slightly more restrictive budget.
Also from Intel we learn that the new 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors will deliver 15% higher performance in single-threaded applications and up to 41% more in multi-threaded applications, compared to Intel’s previous generation, codenamed Alder Lake. However, other as-yet unconfirmed rumours from credible sources suggest that the new 13th Gen Intel processors will be outperformed by the AMD Ryzen 7000 family models, both on the performance side, but especially on the power efficiency side.
According to the invitation already distributed by the manufacturing company, the Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake family of processors will be officially unveiled on September 27, the same day AMD launches its own Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 processor offering.