Here’s Why Intel Raptor Lake Could Be a Multitasking Beast

New unofficial benchmarks of the coming Intel Raptor Lake turned up, and this time the news is quite exciting. It looks like Intel’s 13th generation processor could prove to be a true multitasking beast, leaving its predecessor far behind.

The user who leaked the benchmarks admits that the chips are still not quite ready to go, yet they manage to outperform Intel Alder Lake by up to 28%.

Intel Raptor Lake chip shown in a rendered image.

This round of Intel Raptor Lake rumors comes from: Lordzzz, a Chiphell forum member, who posted a photo of the chip, along with some benchmarks and CPU-Z screenshots. The photo of the chip shows the whole thing without any blurring, including the Intel Confidential label and the variant code Q0D8. This stands for the engineering sample 1 (ES1), but the user also provided benchmarks of the (even more impressive) ES3 sample, although it was not accompanied by a photo of the chip. Both samples are from the same processor, the Core i9-13900K.

According to the leaker, the ES1 chip still has a fair share of the problems that Intel will have to solve in the coming months before the launch of the processors. The CPU does not hit the required frequency checks and has some compatibility issues. As of now, it also doesn’t support DDR4 memory, but that’s due to BIOS support on 600 series motherboards – that will come with time.

Despite all these hiccups, the ES1 chip still manages to shine in terms of specs and performance. The flagship Intel Core i9-13900K will greatly increase the number of cores, with 24 cores and 32 threads, which equates to 8 performance (P) cores and 16 efficient (E) cores. It is also said to have a much larger combined cache of 68MB. Engineering samples are not yet able to reach the expected clock speeds, but once we get there, rumors say that Intel Raptor Lake could hit the mythical 6GHz limit

While we only have screenshots of the ES1, the leaker also teased the performance of the ES3 and compared the two. In this test, the ES1 chip gets up to 4.0 GHz in all cores, but the ES3 gets as high as 5.5 GHz in single-core and 5.3 GHz in all-core boost clocks. ES1 chips can’t be overclocked either, but that feature is present in ES3. ES3 chips also have an impressive level of support for DDR5 RAM, and if Wccftech teases, they can support up to DDR5-8000. Let’s hope DDR5 RAM will get cheaper as the technology becomes more widespread when AMD Ryzen 7000 processors add support for it too, mainly because Zen 4 only supports DDR5 and not DDR4

CPU-Z screenshot of Intel Raptor Lake.
CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (with IJG JPEG v80), quality = 95 Lordzzz, Chiphell Forum

Now let’s look at some benchmark scores. In a CPU-Z benchmark, the ES1 chip scored 611 points in single-core tests and 13,014 points in multi-core tests. The ES3 shows a clear improvement over its predecessor, with 880 points and more than 18,000 points respectively. If we compare the two with Alder Lake’s flagship Core i9-12900K, it turns out that the ES1 chip loses in single-core, but gains 12% in multi-core. However, the ES3 really shines, surpassing the Core i9-12900K by 7% in single-core operations and a whopping 28% in multi-core. It also beats the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X by 34% in single-threaded and 21% in multi-threaded performance.

It’s certainly fun to see the Intel Raptor Lake chip in action, as the first benchmarks we’ve had even worse clock speeds than the ES1 monster. Intel still has some time to fix the final issues before the chips roll out later this year, so things will only get better.

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