AMD announced its Ryzen 7000 range of CPUs recently, and it didn’t take long for Intel to clap back. After much speculation, and several teasers, the company has finally announced its new range of 13th gen desktop CPUs, based on the Raptor Lake architecture.
Last year’s Alder Lake chips represented a return to form of Intel in a lot of regards. It switched to a new socket, LGA 1700, and came with a new, big.LITTLE-like CPU layout with bigger, performance-focused, multi-threaded cores and smaller, low-power, single-threaded cores (P-cores and E-cores). Raptor Lake is a smaller leap, but it serves as a continuation of Intel’s path in this direction. It features the same LGA 1700 socket and the same Intel 7 process (which despite the name, is actually a 10nm process), but the chips themselves come with other improvements.
Intel claims up to a 15% improvement in single-core performance and a 41% increase in multi-core performance, but we’ll have to see real-life tests to corroborate that claim. For the first time, all SKUs announced by Intel in this generation are breaking the 5 GHz mark. The Intel Core…
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