Intel’s 13th-generation CPUs, codenamed Raptor Lake, look right on track for a release in the second half of 2022. The company confirmed as much at an investor meeting earlier this year and even showed off a system powered by one of the new chips. There’s still no official word on when we can expect the Raptor Lake CPUs to be announced, but a recent leak points to a launch event in late September. Read on for everything we know about Intel’s next-gen CPUs so far.
Rumored performance improvements
According to Enthusiastic Citizen (via Tom’s Hardware), the first 13th-gen CPUs – Raptor Lake-K for desktops – will launch on 28 September, with sales beginning on 17 October. That would mean a wait until 2023 for other desktop chips, plus those destined for laptops.
The leaker suggests that the new top-of-the-line desktop CPU will offer “10% IPC [instructions per clock] gains and 25% better-integrated graphics” compared to existing 11th and 12th gen processors. That’s a sizeable boost, and if true, it would help Intel keep up with rival AMD, whose latest Zen 3 CPUs offer significant IPC gains over their predecessor. But, of course, take all of this with a hefty pinch of salt for now – it’s all unconfirmed as yet.
We’ll have to wait until later this year to determine whether the Raptor Lake CPUs are everything they’re cracked up to be, but in the meantime, it’s safe to say that Intel is under pressure to deliver some impressive next-gen hardware. So stay tuned for more news on the Intel13th-gen CPUs as we hear it.