In a few days, the new processors from Intel will finally be available in stores. The now 13th core generation is called “Raptor Lake” and initially consists of three different models. We summarize the most important information for you.

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What’s new?

Even if the basic architecture remains the same, Intel has revised the popular Core processors in many ways. The performance cores clock significantly higher than in the predecessors and the number of efficiency cores has even been doubled. Thus, the CPUs make a decent step forward in both the single and multi-thread area. In addition, there are larger L2 and L3 caches and support for DDR5 RAM with up to 5,600 MT/s. DDR4 RAM with up to 3,200 MT/s is also still supported.

The processors are compatible with the new chipsets of the 700 series, which scores among other things with an increased number of PCI Express 4.0 lanes and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connections, as well as with the old 600 series -Row. The setup can be easily adapted to your own needs and the existing budget.

According to Intel, the improvements lead to up to 15 percent better single-thread and up to 41 percent better multi-thread performance of the processors. In the gaming area, the flagship is up to 24 percent faster. “We’re once again raising the bar for PC performance with our latest generation of flagship 13th Gen Intel Core processors ,” said Michelle Johnston Holthaus, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group.

What CPUs are there?

Intel has announced that there will be a total of more than 50 different processors in the new series. Initially, however, only six pieces will be available. To be more precise, three different processors, one with and one without an integrated graphics unit. The latter are provided with the suffix “F”. The graphics unit is the UHD 770, which is also used in the previous generation.

The initially smallest model will be the Intel Core i5-13600K(F) . It has eight efficiency cores clocked at up to 3.9 GHz and six performance cores clocked at up to 5.1 GHz. The L2 cache is 20MB and the L3 cache is 24MB. Intel puts the maximum power consumption at 181 watts. The base load consumption is 125 watts.

The Intel Core i7-13700K(F) is waiting for us in the midfield. It also has eight efficiency cores to offer, with a slightly higher clock of up to 4.2 GHz. There are also eight performance cores, which reach a maximum of 5.4 GHz in turbo. The L2 cache is 24MB and the L3 cache is 30MB. Typical power consumption is 125 watts. In turbo mode, up to 253 watts are required.

With its total of 16 efficiency cores and eight performance cores, the Intel Core i9-13900K(F) represents the spearhead of “Raptor Lake”, at least for the time being. The clock frequencies are also the highest in the model. The efficiency cores run at up to 4.3 GHz and the performance cores under Thermal Velocity Boost even at up to 5.8 GHz. With a 32 MB L2 and a 36 MB L3 cache, the Intel Core i9-13900K(F) is also at the top. The processor’s power consumption is on the same level as the Intel Core i7-13700K(F).

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