Intel's Raptor Lake processors are scheduled to arrive later in 2022, and we've just glimpsed the potential power of the 13th generation processor, which could scare AMD engineers, at least with the apparent gains in some respects.

The Core i9-13900 appeared in multiple results in the SiSoftware Sandra database, as reported by VideoCardz (opens in a new tab), SiSoftware (opens in a new tab) rounds these benchmarks as "overview of performance” in an article that also summarizes the supposed specifications of the flagship processor (viewing all this with a skeptical eye, naturally).

As previously announced, the Core i9-13900 will run on eight performance cores backed by 16 efficiency cores, meaning it's a 24-core processor (although it will only have 32 threads, because efficiency cores don't have hyper-threading). In other words, the performance cores will remain the same as Alder Lake, but Intel doubles the efficiency cores, a big jump.

We also look for a 3% larger L20 cache with Raptor Lake compared to Alder Lake, and the L2 cache is twice as large for performance and efficiency cores (2MB per core for the first and 4MB per group of four). hearts for last).

Apparently, we'll also see support for faster DDR5 system RAM (5600MT/s, a 16% increase over current 12th Gen Intel chips), if the details provided by SiSoftware are correct of course (a again, let's be skeptical).

So what about these performance results based on various SiSoftware Sandra benchmarks of a Core i9-13900 chip sample?

In the ALU/FPU tests (arithmetic), the Raptor Lake flagship achieved a whopping 33% to 50% improvement over the current Core i9-12900 benchmark results provided for comparison. Also, that was in pre-release clocks for the Raptor Lake sample, which were 3,7 GHz for performance cores and 2,76 GHz for efficiency (vs. 5 GHz and 3,8 GHz for Raptor's flagship product). Alder Lake).

With vector/SIMD testing, the Core i9-13900 saw gains of around 5% to 8% over the Alder Lake flagship.

Analysis: How many bites could this Raptor have, then?

While any benchmarking of early silicon samples should be viewed with caution, what we see here, for high-performance benchmarks, gives us a general idea of ​​what Intel might be looking to achieve with Raptor Lake.

This massive jump for ALU/FPU tests is certainly very impressive, and while the gains elsewhere are not as revealing, SiSoftware notes that they are still "encouraging", and we should note the nerfed clocks in the sample. proven engineering here.

With Intel keeping the performance cores to the same number (8), but doubling the efficiency cores to a whopping 16, we can certainly expect some convincing multi-core performance improvements, even if throttling with single-core performance core is more modest.

Since there is no movement with performance cores compared to Alder Lake, and 16 cores instead of low efficiency cores, we can also assume that Intel is aiming to improve power efficiency with Raptor Lake. While certainly with so many efficiency cores introduced, clock speeds will have to drop a bit compared to Alder Lake, as something must undoubtedly give with power requirements, of course.

With increased efficiency, Raptor Lake could be great news for laptops, but it matters less for desktops, and this is where an element of doubt remains as to how exactly Raptor Lake could work when we hear tantalizing things about Zen 4, and how far AMD could push with clock speeds. In fact, Team Red looks set to make big strides with its next-gen chips capable of gathering boosts from all cores up to 5,5GHz (admittedly, depending on the situation, we discuss that in more depth here).

Still, Alder Lake is winning the gaming battle against AMD's rapidly aging Zen 3 processors, and Raptor Lake is also expected to reach impressive levels; Also, let's not forget about that hardened cache, which will also help gamers using 13th Gen Intel. silicon.

Obviamente, es demasiado pronto para commenzar a hacer predictions con algún peso sobre quién podría ganar la batalla por los procesadores de próxima generación, pero perfila como una gran parte. And as always when it does, the winner will hopefully end up being the consumer, as Intel and AMD push each other to do better – or be more relatively affordable, to even things out on the price front. , puede ser.

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