The first 12th-generation Intel Core processors have recently debuted, using a hybrid structure combining the Performance and Efficient cores. The heterogeneous architecture will also be used in next generations of Intel processors. Although the first Alder Lake systems appeared only a few weeks ago, the manufacturer is already working intensively on the 13th generation, which will be called Raptor Lake. It will bring not only further optimization of the Performance and Efficient cores, but also introduce some potentially significant improvements that will make the new processors even more interesting than the current Alder Lake. The first engineering samples of the 13th generation are already in testing, which is confirmed by the last entry from the BAPCo CrossMark software.
An entry for a 24-core and 32-thread Intel Raptor Lake processor was found in the BAPCo CrossMark database. Judging by the configuration, we are dealing with an early version of the Core i9-13900K.
Intel Digital Linear Voltage Regulator (DLVR) can noticeably reduce the power consumption of Raptor Lake processors
There is an entry in the mentioned program (it has already been deleted, but the screenshot is shown below) about the engineering sample of the 24-core and 32-thread Intel Raptor Lake processor. This is the highest hybrid CPU configuration that will be available in the 13th generation. It offers 8 Performance cores and 16 Efficient cores. Given that only P-Cores support Hyper-Threading, the final core / thread configuration looks as above. Although Raptor Lake processors are to offer an improved DDR5 memory controller (5600 MHz), the tested platform had DDR5 4800 MHz modules installed. How does the early version of Raptor Lake perform in the CrossMark test?
The upcoming 13th generation Intel Raptor Lake processors will continue to support DDR4 memory
The results are respectively: 1591 points (General), 1451 points (Productivity), 1804 points (Creativity) and 1442 points (Responsiveness). The results, of course, are much lower than the results of the current Intel flagship from the Alder Lake family (Core i9-12900K). Considering that we are talking about an early engineering sample, the results are not too bad at the moment. Early versions of the Core i9-12900K, for example, had significantly lower results in tests of creativity and reaction time. Until the actual premiere, the top Raptor Lake-S will certainly offer much better results. However, more important information is that Intel is already testing the first samples of the 13th generation, which should not threaten the premiere. This is to take place in the second half of 2022, where it will have to compete with AMD Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) processors based on the Zen 4 architecture.
Source: Tom’s Hardware