Intel Raptor Lake: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know
Intel Raptor Lake will succeed Alder Lake, which powers the Core i9-12900K. And now that the Apple M1 Ultra is in play, all eyes will be on Intel to see if it can keep up the momentum. Intel hasn’t revealed much about Raptor Lake, but we’ve heard enough to be interested. So we won’t have to wait long to find out what improvements Intel has in store for its next big.LITTLE processor design.
Of course, we won’t know anything about the Intel Raptor Lake chips until Intel is ready to reveal them. Until then, we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest news and information. Bookmark this page if you want to know when the next cutting-edge processor is coming out.
Intel Raptor Lake Release Date
Intel typically releases new generations of Core processors every year, and Alder Lake arrived in November 2021. That makes a Q3 release seem premature. Alder Lake comes out 6 months after Rocket Lake, in early 2021. Intel could therefore still debut in October. Intel’s next chips could be available as early as August 2022, according to speculation. Either way, we shouldn’t be waiting long for Intel’s next chips.
Intel Raptor Lake Price
We haven’t heard anything about the price of Raptor Lake, but we haven’t seen any major changes in processor prices either (other than reseller mark-ups when stock was scarce). With that in mind, we expect the Intel Raptor Lake chips to be priced similarly to Alder Lake. For example, the Intel Core i3-12100 retails for $139 and the Core i9-12900K retails for $619, with other versions priced in between.
Intel sets a suggested price and then lets retailers and partners set the price for the chips, which is the price you’ll see on store shelves. Ultimately, it will build on the state of the PC component market when the Intel Core i9-13900K comes out (assuming that’s the name). If things continue as they are, Intel’s next chips could cost a bit more.
Intel Raptor Lake Specs
Raptor Lake is expected to be a minor update to Alder Lake, based on the same Intel 7 (10nm Enhanced SuperFin) architecture, so we shouldn’t expect any major changes between the two. More cores, better efficiency, and other tweaks could result in a chip offering a healthy upgrade.
Apparently Intel designs Raptor Lake processors with up to 24 cores. The mystery processor should be the Intel Core i9-13900K. Intel’s new big.LITTLE architecture means that the 24 cores will be divided into eight performance cores with hyperthreading and 16 efficiency cores with one thread each, for a total of 32 threads.
For comparison, the Intel Core i9-12900 has eight cores of efficiency compared to the Core i9-1390013. K’s Efficiency Cores should be the same as Alder Lake (Raptor Cove).
Even Intel’s Alder Lake chips are more power-hungry than AMD’s Zen 3 processors. While Alder Lake has made progress in this area, Raptor Lake could be the next step. The new architecture is said to reduce CPU power consumption by 20% to 25% by using a DLVR (digital linear voltage regulator) to step down the voltage. This improvement in efficiency could lead to a performance improvement of 7%.
Intel may be considering significant cache improvements for its next generation of chips. According to @OneRaichu on Twitter, some Raptor Lake chips will have 68MB of total L2 and L3 cache. This would be great news for gamers, as AMD’s Ryzen processors make extensive use of massive cache allocations to maintain speed. The Alder Lake chips already have an exceptional cache (44 MB), so a 50% increase is not to be overlooked.
According to SATA-IO industry standards committee documents, Raptor Lake processors will be compatible with 600-series chipsets on Alder Lake motherboards, according to Tom’s Hardware. Alder Lake introduced PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory while keeping DDR4 compatibility. Raptor Lake is unlikely to reach PCIe 6.0, as few products have even started using PCIe 4.0. However, according to tech expert Moore’s Law Is Dead, Raptor Lake will retain backwards compatibility with DDR4, which could help with DDR5’s sky-high prices.