Intel’s Core i9-13900K, its (presumably) next-gen flagship processor, could achieve very fast Turbo speeds far beyond what the mighty 12900KS manages.
The Core i9-12900KS is the freshly released supercharged variant of the 12900K, and the CPU can jump to 5.5GHz right out of the box.
However, in theory, Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake silicon will be able to take clock speeds 200MHz or 300MHz faster than that, as Raichu says on Twitter.
RPL will exceed the new highest frequency created by 12900KS. More than 2 to 300 MHz is possible.April 13, 2022
In theory, then, the Raptor Lake flagship could end up hitting 5.7GHz or 5.8GHz, which would be pretty staggering speeds out of the box with no tweaking or knowledge of overclocking necessary.
We’re of course talking about the improved performance cores of the CPU – the efficiency cores would run slower, as always – and additionally the max speed for a pair of cores as well (you won’t get a full skin on all cores, of course; with the 12900KS, the boost for all cores reaches 5.2 GHz, which is 300 Hz less than the maximum Turbo).
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What’s unclear is if when Raichu talks about Raptor Lake reaching those heights, if he’s referring to the Core i9-13900K or a possible higher 13900KS variant – if Intel is even going that route. (It doesn’t always do a “KS” edition of the flagship, and actually the last one before the 12900KS was the 9900KS, so three generations back).
Either way, based on this rumor, Raptor Lake is widely expected to deliver a significant boost in clock speeds, and of course, that won’t be all. A new generation will inevitably bring IPC improvement (more instructions per clock means you get even more faster clock speeds), and even if Raptor Lake is just a direct refresh of Alder Lake , it has some interesting trimmings on the side. Like a major increase in on-board cache to increase game frame rates, for example.
Let’s not forget that the 13900K is supposed to increase the efficiency cores from 8 to 16 (while retaining the same 8 performance cores), so the flagship processor will theoretically be a 24-core affair (with 32 threads, because the cores efficiency not hyper-threading). And it should also give the processor a little more punch.
The upshot is that, while theoretically just a basic refresh, Raptor Lake could smooth out the rough edges of Alder Lake – which is Intel’s first real foray into hybrid cores, of course. , Lakefield aside – to pack a punch. Hopefully, though the other question here is whether AMD will get the first shot by releasing Zen 4 before Raptor Lake.
While Intel’s Raptor Lake has been rumored to debut in Q3 (multiple times), it’s not certain, and other speculation has argued that AMD may also be firing to release Zen processors. 4 in the third quarter, possibly aiming to beat Intel to market. Which, to be fair, Team Red really needs to do if possible, because if Intel’s 13th Gen lineup comes up first, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series is going to look pretty underpowered.