Now that Intel’s Alder Lake CPU lineup has been completed with the addition of the Core i9-12900KS, it’s time to look to the future. Its upcoming CPUs will be called Raptor Lake and will be a refinement of Alder Lake built on the same Intel 7 process. Just like Intel used to follow the tick-tock strategy. Although the 12900KS is the highest clocked CPU currently available at 5.5GHz for two cores, rumors suggest that it will go even further with the Intel Raptor Lake.
According to a Tweet Flagged by Wccftech from CPU rumor mill OneRaichu, Intel will push its next generation towards 6GHz. Although it already has the advantage of a larger watch than the AMD, Intel may try to extend its lead and increase the height of Raptor Lake to 5.8GHz.
This will only apply to the flagship CPU, although the Core i9-13900K (or even the KS version). For this chip, Intel will replace Alder Lake’s Performance Core (P-Core), an updated core called the Golden Cove, Raptor Cove. In a recent demo of Raptor Lake, it showed that it was running eight performance cores (hyper-threaded) and 16 skill cores. This makes it a 24-core, 32-thread CPU. It is expected that the core (e-core) of the clock will remain unchanged.
Intel is promising “double digit” performance gains for Raptor Lake above Alder Lake. We can translate that the word PR into about ten percent IPC improvement. Although it is not clear what will be the difference between single core vs multi-core gain.
It’s mildly surprising that it’s choosing to continue pumping clockwise to the moon. Although Alder Lake is more efficient than its predecessors, at higher watches it can reduce a lot of power. High-end chips like the 12900K are also designed to run at 100C. Fortunately this only hits the tempo of running a multi-core workload that puts a full load on the processor. The transformation of Raptor Lake Intel’s hybrid “Big-Little” architecture marks the end of 2023’s transformation into tile-based architecture.
For its part, there are rumors that the AMD Zen 4 is also raising the clock. Obviously we’ll have to wait for the official numbers, but rumors have it that the 7000-Series is set to 5GHz in all core regions. There are also rumors that the top-level SKU will be a 16-core, 32-thread chip with a 170W TDP. This is a lot of power for an AMD chip. However, with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D it has been shown that it can surpass Intel’s performance in games despite its lack of clock speed. It’s rather impressive, so we’re very interested to see if V-Cache converts it to Gen 4 or whether the 5800X3D remains a single CPU test. In terms of gaining perception with it, it seems impossible. Perhaps by then AMD will have figured out how to allow overclocking in it.