The three new 13th generation Core processors (Raptor Lake) from Intel.
All three chips integrate Intel’s UHD Graphics 770 graphics, with slight differences in clock speeds: 1,550MHz, 1,600MHz and 1,650MHz for the Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 parts.
Intel’s new processors are built on the Intel 7 process, which Mock hinted is producing better yields than the 12th-generation Alder Lake chip, also on Intel 7. 1 million units sold by the end of 2021.
“We are on track to go even faster with the 13th generation, so there will be ample supply in the market to meet our customers’ demand,” said Mock. Intel anticipates that 140 partners in 30 countries will ship 13th-generation “Raptor Lake” chips, with 70 different versions of the Z790 motherboards, it said.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Intel held an internal discussion about officially naming these chips “13th” generation Core chips. Qualcomm, for example, named a recent chip the Snapdragon 888 to capitalize on a number that is seen as lucky in Asia. American buildings usually skip the thirteenth floor. But what happened was a certain smartphone company having success with version 13 of its own operating system and Intel deciding to follow suit.
What’s Inside 13th Gen Raptor Lake PCs
What improved? First, the new 13th-generation Core “Raptor Lake” chips include an updated “Raptor Cove” processor core with improved speed paths, said Daniel Rogers, senior director of mobile marketing at Intel. Inside Intel’s updated Intel 7 process is a 3rd generation SuperFin transistor. Essentially, Intel is benefiting from an improved design coupled with a performance boost from the “maturation” of the process technology, according to Guy Therien, an Intel fellow.
The number of efficiency cores has also doubled. In addition to the additional cores, Mock said the cache attached to the efficiency cores has been increased. Intel’s hybrid architecture uses performance cores for foreground tasks you’re actively working on, as well as efficiency cores that handle background tasks that would normally steal CPU cycles from the active application.
Intel’s thread scheduler, fully integrated into Windows 11, can also assign priority tasks to efficiency cores under extreme workloads. In the new Windows 11 2022 update, not only has Thread Director been optimized, but the way background tasks are handled by Windows has been improved, increasing the overall efficiency of a Raptor Lake PC running the latest version of Windows. (Incidentally, Intel has no plans to release a version of the Thread Director software that allows you to manually assign performance cores or efficiency cores, the executives said.)