Many of the critical details about Intel‘s Core i9-13900 Raptor Lake CPU have leaked recently, offering an insight into the upcoming processor. Raptor Lake will be an upgrade over the Alder Lake processors that were launched last year, and are expected to retain Intel’s hybrid architecture with a combination of performance cores and efficiency cores. Earlier this year, Intel confirmed that the new chips will release in the second half of this year.
Along with the Raptor Lake CPUs, Intel is also expected to launch its Arc Alchemist discrete graphics cards this summer, thereby joining Nvidia and AMD as one of the three discrete GPU makers in the industry. The company already offers integrated GPU solutions for its desktop and mobile CPUs, but the expansion to discreet graphics is a step in a new direction, and one that has has enthused gamers and DIY PC builders everywhere.
Posted by tipster @wxnod, a CPU-Z screenshot of a Raptor Lake CPU confirms its 8+16 core configuration. This will be one of the top-end chips in the lineup, as the 24-core configuration will be the highest for the upcoming series. However, the 65W TDP suggests that it is non-K part, meaning it is very likely the standard Core i9-13900. The screenshot seems to confirm long-standing rumors that the i9-13900 will ship with 8 ‘Raptor Cove’ performance cores and 16 ‘Gracemont’ efficiency cores. It is also said to use the same LGA1700 CPU socket used by Alder Lake chips and will be backwards compatible with Intel’s existing 600-series chipset motherboards.
Raptor Lake Leaked Tech Specs
In terms of the other tech specs revealed by the screenshot, the maximum boost clock for the chip is at 3.8GHz, which is significantly lower than the 5.1 GHz boost clock of the Core i9-12900. This suggests that the chip in question is very likely an engineering sample. The actual boost clocks of the retail SKUs are expected to be higher. The screenshot also reveals that the i9-13900 will come with 16 MB of L2 cache for all Performance cores and 16MB for the Efficiency cores. This combines for a total of 32MB of L2 cache overall. The chip will also carry a further 36MB of L3 cache for a total of 68MB of cache.
Meanwhile, a report from Chinese tech blog ExpReview suggests that the engineering sample of the Core i9-13900K is around 20 percent faster than the Core i9-12900K in multi-threaded benchmarks. This is in line with earlier rumors that the new chip could be up to 20 percent faster than Intel’s current flagship. The report comes a day after Intel listed ‘Efficient Thermal Velocity Boost’ and per-core/package TVB overclocking among new features for its upcoming platforms, including Raptor Lake. However, it’s not immediately clear if the locked non-K parts will get the new features or if they will be reserved for the unlocked K-series Intel chips.