Intel Core i9-13900KS “Raptor Lake”, The World’s First 6 GHz CPU, Is Launching In Early 2023

Hassan Mujtaba
Intel Core i9-13900KS "Raptor Lake", The World's First 6 GHz CPU, Launches In Early 2023 1

During the Innovation event, Intel confirmed that the world's first 6 GHz CPU, the Core i9-13900K "Raptor Lake", will be launching early next year.

Intel Core i9-13900KS "Raptor Lake", The World's First 6 GHz CPU, Launches In Early 2023

According to Intel, the 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs were never officially planned for launch until 2 years ago when the plans for the Meteor Lake desktop slipped a bit. As such, the engineering team decided to offer an intermediate CPU family, now known as Raptor Lake, to be launched after Alder Lake and optimize the foundations set by Alder Lake, Intel's first Hybrid CPU design. The result is a massive bump in clock speeds which makes the Raptor Lake family the first to feature a 6 GHz CPU and also achieve overclocking frequencies beyond 8 GHz after more than a decade. The first 8 GHz confirmation was reported by us a few weeks back which you can read more about here.

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At Intel Innovation on Sept. 27, 2022, Intel revealed its new 13th Gen Intel Core processor family powered by Intel’s performance hybrid architecture. The new processor family launched with six new unlocked desktop processors. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel's 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs will utilize the hybrid core design, featuring a mix of Performance-Optimized 'P' and Efficiency-Optimized 'E' cores. For the new chips, Intel will be using a brand new P-Core known as Raptor Cove which will replace the Golden Cove cores featured on the Alder Lake CPUs. For The E-Core, Intel will retain the existing Gracemont core architecture but it will come with minor improvements. Following are some of the main changes you should expect:

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs Expected Features:

  • Up To 24 Cores & 32 Threads
  • Brand New Raptor Cove CPU Cores
  • Based on 10nm ESF 'Intel 7' process node
  • Up To 6.0 GHz clock speeds
  • Up To 41% Multi-Thread Performance Improvement
  • Up To 15% Single-Thread Performance Improvement
  • Double The E-Cores on certain variants
  • Increased Cache for both P-Cores & E-Cores
  • Supported on existing LGA 1700 motherboards
  • New Z790, H770, and B760 motherboards
  • Up To 28 PCIe Lanes (PCH Gen 4 + Gen 3)
  • Up To 28 PCIe Lanes (CPU Gen 5 x16 + Gen 4 x12)
  • Dual-Channel DDR5-5600 Memory Support
  • 20 PCIe Gen 5 Lanes (x4 reserved for PCH)
  • Enhanced Overclocking Features
  • 125W PL1 TDP / 253W PL2 TDP
  • AI PCIe M.2 Technology
  • Q4 2022 Launch (October)

Intel Core i9-13900KS 24 Core Raptor Lake CPU Specs

The Intel Core i9-13900KS will be the flagship Raptor Lake CPU, featuring 24 cores and 32 threads in an 8 P-Core and 16 E-Core configuration. The CPU is configured at a single-core boost clock of 6.0 GHz (1-2) cores. The CPU will be featuring 68 MB of combined cache and a 125W PL1 rating that goes beyond 253W. The CPU can also consume up to 350W of power when using the "Extreme Performance Mode" which we detailed a few hours ago here.

  • Core i9-13900KS 8+16 (24/32) - 3.2 / 6.0 GHz - 66 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 253W (PL2)+
  • Core i9-12900KS 8+8 (16/24) - 3.4 / 5.5 GHz - 30 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 241W (PL2)

While the initial 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU lineup is planned for launch on the 20th of October, the Intel Core i9-13900KS would launch in early 2023 in limited quantities. The pricing should be close to the $699-$749 US figure.

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S Desktop CPU Family:

CPU NameSilicon Revision / QDFP-Core CountE-Core CountTotal Core / ThreadP-Core Base / Boost (Max)P-Core Boost (All-Core)E-Core Boost (Max)Cache (Total L2 + L3)TDPMSRP
Intel Core i9-13900KSB081624 / 32TBD / 6.0 GHzTBDTBD68 MB125W (PL1)
253W (PL2)
TBD
Intel Core i9-13900KB081624 / 323.0 / 5.8 GHz5.5 GHz (All-Core)4.3 GHz68 MB125W (PL1)
253W (PL2)
$589.9 US
Intel Core i9-13900KFB081624 / 323.0 / 5.8 GHz5.5 GHz (All-Core)4.3 GHz68 MB125W (PL1)
253W (PL2)
$564.99 US
Intel Core i9-13900B081624 / 322.0 / 5.6 GHz5.3 GHz (All-Core)4.2 GHz68 MB65W (PL1)
~200W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i9-13900FB081624 / 322.0 / 5.6 GHz5.3 GHz (All-Core)4.2 GHz68 MB65W (PL1)
~200W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i9-13900TB081624 / 321.1 / 5.3 GHz4.3 GHz (All-Core)3.9 GHz68 MB35W (PL1)
100W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i7-13700KB08816 / 243.4 / 5.4 GHz5.3 GHz (All Core)4.2 GHz54 MB125W (PL1)
253W (PL2)
$409.99 US
Intel Core i7-13700KFB08816 / 243.4 / 5.4 GHz5.3 GHz (All Core)4.2 GHz54 MB125W (PL1)
253W (PL2)
$384.99 US
Intel Core i7-13700B08816 / 242.1 / 5.2 GHz5.1 GHz (All-Core)4.1 GHz54 MB65W (PL1)
TBD (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i7-13700FB08816 / 242.1 / 5.2 GHz5.1 GHz (All-Core)4.1 GHz54 MB65W (PL1)
TBD (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i7-13700TB08816 / 241.4 / 4.9 GHz4.2 GHz (All-Core)3.6 GHz54 MB35W (PL1)
100W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i5-13600KB06814 / 203.5 / 5.2 GHz5.1 GHz (All-Core)TBD44 MB125W (PL1)
181W (PL2)
$319.99 US
Intel Core i5-13600KFB06814 / 203.5 / 5.2 GHz5.1 GHz (All-Core)TBD44 MB125W (PL1)
181W (PL2)
$294.99 US
Intel Core i5-13600C06814 / 202.7 / TBD GHzTBDTBD44 MB65W (PL1)
TBD (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i5-13600TC06814 / 201.8 / TBD GHzTBDTBD44 MB35W (PL1)
100W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i5-13500C06814 / 202.5 / 4.8 GHzTBDTBD32 MB65W (PL1)
TBD (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i5-13500TC06814 / 201.6 / 4.5 GHzTBDTBD32 MB35W (PL1)
100W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i5-13400B0 / C06410 / 162.5 / 4.6 GHz4.1 GHz (All-Core)3.3 GHz28 MB65W (PL1)
TBD (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i5-13400FB0 / C06410 / 162.5 / 4.6 GHz4.1 GHz (All-Core)3.3 GHz28 MB65W (PL1)
TBD (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i5-13400TC06410 / 161.3 / TBD GHzTBDTBD28 MB35W (PL1)
100W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i3-13100H0404 / 83.4 / 4.5 GHzTBDTBD12 MB60W (PL1)
88W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i3-13100FH0404 / 83.4 / 4.5 GHzTBDTBD12 MB60W (PL1)
88W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i3-13100TH0404 / 82.5 / TBD GHzTBDTBD12 MB35W (PL1)
66W (PL2)
TBA
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