Intel's dominance in the processor market has been somewhat shaken recently by the resurgent AMD, and it looks like the company isn't about to give up, if new rumors about the 13th generation Raptor Lake-S desktop processors are to be believed.
From what we know from the rumors, the Raptor Lake-S processor family, which will come after Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake-S release, will have two new core architectures - Raptor Cove cores for high-performance tasks and improved Gracemont cores that are more power efficient.
The idea is that Raptor Lake-S will use energy efficient cores for everyday tasks, reducing overall power consumption, and switch to high-performance cores when your PC needs additional processing power. Processors in mobile devices from ARM and Qualcomm have been doing something similar for a while now.
YouTube channel AdoredTV apparently got a leak about the upcoming processors and talks about them in the video you can watch below.
According to AdoredTV, the Intel Raptor Lake-S will feature the flagship Intel Core i9 K-Series processor, which will have 24 cores, 32 threads and 36MB of cache. This number of cores is noticeable as it is higher than what is typically found in Intel's consumer processors, although it is worth noting that it will be split between eight high-performance Raptor Cove cores and 16 efficient Gracemont cores.
In contrast, Intel's flagship 12th generation Alder Lake-S processor, the Intel Core i9-12900K, is rumored to have 16 cores (with eight performance cores and eight efficient cores) and 24 threads.
Intel Raptor Lake-S will also have an Intel Core i7 K-series variant with 16 cores (eight Raptor Cove and eight Gracemont) and 24 threads, and Intel Core i5 K-series with 14 cores (six Raptor Cove and eight Gracemont) and 24 MB of cache.
All of these K-series processors are unlocked, which means users can overclock them to get more performance.
Source: AdoredTV, techradar
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