Intel Raptor Lake-S: up to 40% faster


Just a few days ago we were already telling you that Intel Raptor Lake-S aims for double-digit performance gains compared to the current generation, the twelfth, of Intel Core. And although we will still have to wait a few months for its official presentation and its arrival on the market, the information that reaches us about it not only confirms this theory, but even allows it to be quantified. And, if the prediction comes true, the jump can be spectacular.

And it is that, as we can read in Wccftech, the processors of the thirteenth generation of Intel Core will be able to offer up to 15% performance improvement per threadwhich would dramatically increase 40% multi-threaded. This increase would be the consequence of the assembly of the new Raptor Cove cores, but also of certain improvements introduced by Intel in the Gracemont, that is to say those of efficiency, which would also add additional performance which would contribute to this 40% improvement. in multithread. .

In addition, of course, one must also take into account that for the flagship Raptor Lake-S chip, the Intel Core i9-13900K, the company would have opted for eight high-performance cores (Raptor Cove) accompanied by no less than 16 others. efficiency cores (Gracemont), thus throwing a total of 32 threads, compared to 8+8 (with a total of 24 threads) found in the Intel Core 9-12900K. An increase to eight cores and eight threads that will undoubtedly appear in multithreading. A set to which, in addition, we must add the up to 68 megabytes of L2 + L3 cache that could arrive with Raptor Lake-S.

A striking aspect of this information is that which refers to hypothetical improvements to Gracemont cores, with the mention that these and those of performance will experience an increase (not very pronounced, yes) in their clock frequencies. Will Intel have managed to extract some performance from the efficiency cores without affecting their consumption or the temperature they generate?

If so, as small as that increase is, I personally think it would be one more example that Intel’s commitment to the hybrid model, and especially focusing on efficiency, is a success, which which, on the other hand, is something we’ve seen for years in the ARM architecture.

Some voices, although few at the moment, point to the performance leap that Raptor Lake-S will mean over Alder Lake-S, which also means a very significant technological leap over the eleventh generation, could encourage AMD to accelerate its schedule. And no, I’m not just referring to the advancement of Ryzen 7000 with Zen 4 in the third quarter of this year, but more ambitious plans not only to take on the Raptor Lake-S, but also Meteor Lake-S, which will see electricity in 2023, putting those in Santa Clara against the ropes.

So, rumors suggest that Zen 4 will arrive weeks or months before Raptor Lake-S, and that AMD could try to accelerate the arrival of Zen 5 by 2023, in time to compete with Intel’s 14th generation. If 2021 was a very interesting year in terms of processors, it seems that 2022 and 2023 will not be left behind either.


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