Intel is busy bragging about its high-end Raptor Lake processors and how they will be able to reach up to 6GHz in stock configurations.
Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) reports that this new information – and a few other nuggets – surfaced at Intel’s Technology Tour 2022 in Israel, where several presentations were made (mostly under embargo, as you might expect).
What has aired publicly is the 6GHz boost speed the fastest Raptor Lake CPU will be able to achieve, which is a pretty remarkable claim – one we’ll come back to in a moment.
Intel also informed us that an 8GHz overclock has already been achieved, although this is something we’ve already heard about – an equally remarkable feat, but not very practical (overclocking at this level requires liquid nitrogen cooling and all sorts of other caveats on top of that). ).
Team Blue also had some performance numbers in hand, with the news that, following the SPECintrate_2017 benchmark, Raptor Lake will be 15% faster than Alder Lake in single-thread and 41% in multi-thread (the latter, no doubt , evidence of the big boost in efficiency cores with this new generation). Take this, as always, with the skepticism that should be applied to any pre-launch marketing benchmark, as they are always chosen to make silicon look its best.
Review: Which Raptor Lake CPU is this?
What Intel hasn’t said is which chip this is – just that with one processor, Raptor Lake will be able to hit 6GHz by default, with no overclocking applied. Of course, that’s going to be maximum speed for a brief period, courtesy of Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB), no doubt, so don’t assume that’s what you’ll get as a constant level of performance.
Needless to say, it’s obvious that Intel is talking about the Raptor Lake flagship, which will be the fastest 13th-gen processor. However, odds are that this is what Intel is delivering with the special edition of the flagship, the Core i9-13900KS.
What will happen is that when Raptor Lake is first released (with the CPUs expected to ship in October), we will see the 13900K at retail, and as with Alder Lake, Intel will likely release a -binned) that would be the 13900KS (it was the 12900KS, anyway, with Alder Lake). It’s probably that ‘KS’ processor that will be capable of 6GHz (in short bursts).
Could it be the 13900K itself, the entry-level flagship that’s about to land? So far, leaks have pointed to a maximum boost of 5.8GHz (with TVB) for that, and in all honesty, it would be highly surprising to see this CPU hit 6GHz. Still, who knows…
Keep in mind that the best AMD Ryzen 7950X we know for sure has a 5.7 GHz boost, but what we have to keep in mind is that some chips will be faster than that (that nominal clock is essentially the entry-level that Team Red can guarantee that all of their 7950X chips will work, and some so-called ‘golden’ samples will do better than that).
Plus, there’s a lot more to comparing CPUs than just clock speeds, so we certainly can’t draw any conclusions, even if Intel has the upper hand with top speed in the next-gen silicon battle. AMD will also have its 3D V-cache models arriving after the initial launch of the Ryzen 7000, bringing a lot of promise.
What’s clear enough is that Raptor Lake looks to become a seriously attractive choice for overclockers, with initial attempts hitting 8GHz. And even without exotic cooling, if you can get a good CPU – and win the silicon lottery – the results are likely to be pretty impressive.