After months of leaks and speculation, Intel has officially announced its 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and has given us (and its rival AMD) a glimpse of what to expect.
Formerly known as ‘Raptor Lake’, Intel’s 13th Gen processors will once again make use of Intel’s hybrid design, with a mix of performance cores and efficient cores, which intelligently spring into action depending on the type of task you do. is using the CPU for, with Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 helping to identify the best performing performance cores (P-Cores).
Intel’s previous 12th generation ‘Alder Lake’ CPUs also used this design, but the company claims this new generation will benefit from more efficient cores (E-Cores), which allow for more Intel Smart Cache (L3) to improve performance. , especially with large datasets, and the L2 cache has been increased to speed up data transfers between cache and memory. This, again, can lead to better performance.
13th Gen Intel Core processors support up to 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes and support up to 5600 MT/s DDR5 memory. Unlike rival AMD, which only supports the new RAM standard on its new Ryzen 7000 chips, 13th Gen Intel processors will continue to support DDR4 RAM.
Intel UHD Xe integrated graphics will support up to 8K at 60Hz or up to four 4K displays at 60Hz, and there will also be built-in Wi-Fi support for Wi-Fi 6 and the latest Wi-Fi 6E standards.
The main Intel Core i9 chips will come with 24 processor cores consisting of eight P-cores and 16 E-cores, while the i7 chips will come with 16 cores (eight P-cores and eight E-cores) and the i5 chips will come with 14 cores (six P-cores and eight E-cores).
See the table below for complete specifications:
|Intel Core i9K and i9KF||Intel Core i7K and i7KF||Intel Core i5K and i5KF|
|Maximum Turbo Frequency [GHz]||up to 5.8||up to 5.4||up to 5.1|
|Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency [GHz]||up to 5.7||up to 5.4||n/a|
|Maximum performance core Turbo frequency [GHz]||up to 5.4||up to 5.3||up to 5.1|
|Efficient core maximum turbo frequency [GHz]||up to 4.3||up to 4.2||up to 3.9|
|Performance core base frequency [GHz]||3.0||3.4||3.5|
|Efficient core base frequency [GHz]||2.2||2.5||2.6|
|Processor cores (P-cores + E-cores)||24 (8P+16E)||16 (8P+8E)||14 (6P+8E)|
|Total processor threads||32||24||20|
|Intel Smart Cache Size (L3) [MB]||36 MB||30 MB||24 MB|
|L2 cache total size [MB]||32 MB||24 MB||20 MB|
|Enhanced Intel UHD graphics powered by Xe architecture||i9K: Intel UHD Graphics 770 i9KF: no||i7K: Intel UHD Graphics 770 i7KF: no||i5K: Intel UHD Graphics 770 i5KF: no|
Analysis: The pressure is on Intel
The launch of the 13th generation Core comes at a pivotal time for Intel. While it is still undoubtedly the market leader in the CPU space, that leadership has been eroded over the years by a resurgent AMD, which has released a series of critically acclaimed processors.
In fact, just a day before Intel’s 13th Gen announcement, reviews dropped for AMD’s 7000 series of CPUs – and AMD continued its winning streak, with the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X and AMD Ryzen 9 7950X chips receiving rare five star reviews from us, the last of which we now feel is the best processor you can buy right now.
So Intel really needs to impress us with its 13th generation. There are some interesting differences between the two. For starters, Intel is sticking with its hybrid design, while AMD is sticking to a more traditional approach, which it claims gives the performance advantage.
However, in an interesting twist, by supporting cheaper DDR4 RAM and allowing 13th Gen processors to be installed on both newer 700-series and older 600-series motherboards, Intel makes upgrading to the new CPUs easier and cheaper.
In the meantime, if you want to use a new AMD CPU, you will need to buy new DDR5 RAM and a new motherboard, which could seriously increase the potential price of this upgrade.
It all comes down to price and performance. AMD hit the market with a new generation of processors that perform brilliantly and cost less than their predecessors.
Meanwhile, Intel will sell its flagship Core i9-13900K processor for $589 starting October 20, which is the same MSRP as its Alder Lake Core i9-12900K, so the Core i9-13900K will be sold for $110 less than the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X flagship, but $40 more than the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X.
We won’t know how these chips will perform until we receive them for our full reviews, but the 13th Gen Core processors will need to make every effort if they are to stop the AMD push.