Intel: 13th Gen CPUs are coming in October and will be backwards compatible!

Intel: 13th Gen CPUs are coming in October and will be backwards compatible!

With Raptor Lake, Intel seems to confirm its return to the front line; see you in october to get the core network.

The return to hardware is definitely going well. Hot on the heels of Nvidia with its new RTX 40X0 and AMD presenting its new Ryzen 7000 yesterday exactly as expected, Intel joined the party by officially presenting its 13th generation of Intel processors. And the least we can say is that the fight between the two giants promises to be incredibly tough this year, much to the delight of lovers of beautiful gear.

The first representative of this new Raptor Lake generation is also the most powerful: we officially discover the Core i9-13900K, a monster with 24 cores (8 P-cores and 16 E-cores) whose technical sheet had already been recently leaked. We also rediscovered the i7-13700k and i5-13600K which were shown at the same time. Once again, no big surprises. Note however that these three chips will be entitled to their KF-series equivalent, ie without integrated graphics chipset.

Top-notch hardware

Unsurprisingly, Intel also advertises a gross power gain of around 15% and even 41% multi-threading, exactly as the leaks suggested. Benchmarks presented by Intel put their i9-13900K 10 107% above AMD’s Ryzen 5950X. You should take them with a grain of salt for obvious reasons, but it goes to show that you can expect superior performance from these Raptor Lakes.

We learn however that the i9-13900K’s P cores will be able to reach 5.8 GHz in turbo, which would put it slightly ahead of AMD’s new flagship (5.7 GHz for the 5950X) in this criterion. Of course, these chips will also consume a lot more power, as evidenced by the mind-boggling TDPs at the bottom of the datasheet.

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Globally competitive rates

The other interesting point refers to the rates; the blue stable managed to avoid the real price explosion that some observers feared. Rare enough to underline in today’s context, where the price of hardware tends to skyrocket with each generation.

The i9-13900K, for example, will sell for around €590, which is €100 less than the Ryze 9 7950X, the new flagship of the orange team! So it’s a complete reversal of the balance of power at this level, knowing that AMD has often shown much more advantageous price/power ratios than Intel in recent years. Obviously, in absolute terms, these components are still very expensive. But given the advertised power of these chips, there is something to be pleasantly surprised about.

Compatibility with current hardware welcome

And that’s not the only point where Intel stands out. This season, the blue team has another big advantage over its competitor: this 13th generation will be compatible with Intel 600 motherboards and will continue to support DDR4 RAM. For the uninitiated, this means there will be no need to invest in a new motherboard and buy DDR5 RAM, which is still expensive today. Of course, it will be necessary to go through the box to thoroughly optimize the performance of the chip, but it will not be essential.

The complete opposite of AMD, in short; To use one of the new Ryzen 7000, it will be essential to buy a new card equipped with the new AMD socket and the latest generation RAM. Certainly, the new Zen4 architecture looks immensely promising, but it also means that the public will have to make an additional financial sacrifice to take advantage of it, which could convince some potential customers to skip a generation or (re)switch to Intel.

A 13th generation full of promises

A small regret, however; We have not yet heard from the famous CPU capable of passing the 6 GHz bar that was quickly mentioned (see our article). Intel has confirmed its existence, but don’t expect to see it arrive until next year. At the time of the release of the future Ryzen 7000X3D series, by any chance? The future will tell.

Until then, all this material will hit the market on next October 20, as are the new 700-series motherboards. Either way, it looks like CEO Pat Gelsinger’s philosophy is paying off. Intel has really taken on some color from its long desert trek in the wake of a very fit AMD; the competition promises to be tougher than ever, and that’s a good thing for computer enthusiasts.

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