Intel today launched its 13th generation of desktop processors in India, a series consisting of 22 processors across multiple segments, including the new i9-13900K. The launch comes weeks after AMD announced its new Ryzen 7000-series desktop processors that Intel 13-Gen chips will face.
Here’s everything you need to know about Intel’s new 13th Gen “Raptor-Lake” processors and the improvements they bring over last year’s 12th Gen chips.
The lineup is led by the new Intel Core i9 13900K processor, which the company claims is the fastest processor in the world. The unit features 24 cores (8 performance cores + 16 efficiency cores) and has 32 threads, with a maximum clock speed of 5.8 GHz and promises to deliver the best gaming, streaming experience and recording. These cores are assisted by 36 MB of L3 cache and 32 MB of L2 cache.
It also comes with Intel UHD Graphics 770 integrated, for systems that do not have discrete GPUs installed. Compared to the last generation champion, the i9-12900k, the i9-13900k promises 15% better single-threaded performance and up to 41% better multi-threaded performance, according to Intel.
Intel adds that the 13th Gen Intel Core desktop family includes more than 125 partner system designs, enabling a wider range of platform compatibility. These include full-tower desktops with liquid cooling as well as more conventional, smaller systems with reduced sizes, all of which should deliver good performance.
Six of the 22 new processors are also unlocked, allowing advanced users to overclock them for more performance if needed. These include the aforementioned i9-13900K as well as more affordable options like the i5-13600KF. Check out the quick specs of the range in the image below
The range also includes F-series processors which come without an integrated GPU and must be paired with a discrete processor before they can be used.
On top of that, the new processors also feature full PCIe 5.0 support and are compatible with existing Intel 600 chipset motherboards or the new Intel 700 series. The chips can also be combined with DDR4 and DDR5 memory, making it a hybrid in terms of backward and forward compatibility. This is a big advantage over AMD‘s new Ryzen 7000 series chipsets, which only support DDR5 memory and require a new AM5 slot motherboard upgrade to use.
Intel has yet to announce pricing for any of the chips launching today, but we should announce official local pricing soon.