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Intel Raptor Lake: Up to 40% faster than Alder lake, poised for Q3

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Intel 13th gen Raptor Lake CPUs could be coming a bit sooner than everyone previously thought, according to prolific insider and YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead. These Raptor Lake-S CPUs could be coming in some time during Q3 of 2022, as explained in his YouTube video. Raptor Lake-S is building into the current LGA Socket 1700 solution that Intel is currently using on its 12th gen Alder Lake boards, so hopefully, we see current motherboard chipsets also work with the upcoming chips. Raptor Lake’s desktop CPUs could be released as soon as July to September of this year.

Intel 13th gen Raptor Lake potential release date

We expect Intel’s 13th gen Raptor Lake CPUs to be announced at Computex 2022, with a release date of Q3 2022, according to the latest reports from Moore’s Law is Dead. This makes the most sense, as it aligns with the timing of dozens of press conferences, and the peak time period for the tech industry to release new products before the holiday rush, beginning in September. This also allows them to stay competitive against AMD, who are also poised to release new CPUs, with an official announcement poised to hit around the dates of Computex 2022.

Intel wants to claw back the market share that AMD has since encroached upon, so it makes sense that Intel wants to fight tooth-and-claw against AMDs efforts.

Raptor Lake specs overview

Raptor Lake Overview
Source: Intel

During their investor day, Intel revealed that Raptor Lake would be featuring killer features, core counts and advanced features which will make these new CPUs a must-have for folks building new PCs towards the latter half of the year. This includes up to 24 cores and 32 threads on what’s presumably their i9 SKU that they have lined up. One of the biggest features that Intel can boast is that Raptor Lake will be compatible with existing 12th gen motherboards. Socket 1700 LGA is currently featured on Alder Lake systems, so you can presume that Intel is going to attempt to ape the legendary AM4 socket that AMD put out, and has lasted for over six years. It remains to be seen if this is indeed the plan, however.

Featuring Intel 7 architecture

In accordance with their new architecture naming schematics, Intel 7 won’t actually be 7nm, but instead an enhanced version of their 10nm process. For those looking to actually get a 7nm process node for their CPU, you’ll have to wait a little bit until the Intel 4 processors come to market, which is due to arrive with Meteor Lake and Granite Rapids systems.

Why Intel has chosen this incredibly confusing naming scheme is purely the work of marketing. Remember when the Xbox 360 was released but is only the second Xbox? That’s because they didn’t want ‘Xbox 2’ to sound worse than ‘PlayStation 3’, and the same is the case for the architecture naming because AMD is advancing and shrinking their nodes at a much faster pace than Intel, and ever Raptor Lake has been able to keep up with thus far. While this doesn’t directly correlate to performance, it is an indicator of the breakthroughs that these companies are hitting at this point, and it’s just clear to see that AMD has a slight edge when it comes to the actual tech being deployed right now by comparison.

Again, this is not reflective of performance, or whether a CPU is good or not, just something to take note of for all the tech-freaks that like to get into the weeds with this kinda thing. It’s a bit mind-boggling, as it obfuscates the truth from people who are simply looking to understand what Raptor Lake and new processors are on a technical level, and it means that you have to peel back the curtain a little bit to find out exactly what’s going on and why.

Up to a 40% performance boost vs Alder Lake

Regardless, you can expect that the brand-new CPUs will simply be a refinement of what Alder Lake currently offers. But, that doesn’t mean that it can’t pack in the performance where it counts. According to Moore’s Law is Dead, these processors could be up to 40% faster in multithreaded performance than Alder Lake. With an 8-15% increase in single-threaded workloads, this promises that there will be a tough fight ahead for AMD, especially if they wanted to match this performance with their Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 systems.

Do take these numbers with a grain of salt, as we’re only really going to find out the truth once we’ve got the systems in our hands and benchmarked at WePC towers, so until we can verify exact performance numbers, these are likely to be slightly lower than what these rumors might suggest so far. Regardless, more performance is great, but it probably doesn’t mean much for gaming workloads, which use slightly less CPU power, and don’t take full advantage of thread counts quite yet. This might change as we begin to see more ‘next-gen’ engines like Unreal 5 take hold and really push the performance boundaries and spectacle for gaming, as physics become more advanced, and therefore workloads get more advanced too. It’s an exciting time for the industry, we just need the software to begin catching up to the hardware.

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