Intel’s flagship Raptor Lake CPU has the potential to run at speeds of up to 5.8GHz. As long as the importance of energy efficiency is not completely overlooked. Intel’s Core i9 12900KS processor has been released into the public, and it features a two-core boost frequency that can reach up to 5.5GHz.
However, it appears that even that clock speed is only a preview of what’s to come. A new set of rumors suggests that Intel’s flagship 13th Generation Raptor Lake processor will have a stunning 5.8GHz boost clock.
The information was obtained through a tweet from @OneRaichu, which was shared by El Chapuzas Informatico. It claims that Intel can increase the clock speed of the 12900KS by 200-300MHz. However, it is unclear what type of influence this will have on power efficiency because it is generally known that power requirements grow dramatically when chasing those final few megahurts.
Nonetheless, that type of clock will only be available on high-end models, where performance takes precedence above power efficiency. The Core i7 and Core i5 variants will almost certainly be a little more grounded, as they will not require high-end cooling methods. CPUs such as the Core i5 12400, among others, are notable for their performance in this regard.
If Intel is able to offer significant clock speed enhancements, as well as additional cache, more E cores, and higher IPC of the Raptor Cover P cores, the company could have a very competitive range on its hands in the near future.
Intel isn’t the only company that has been rumored to be striving for faster processors. Clock speed enhancements are anticipated from AMD with its future Zen 4 processors, with 5GHz or higher on all cores a distinct possibility on the Zen 4 platform. Will V-cache, on the other hand, make it into Zen 4 or will it be added at a later date?
We already know that the stacked cache of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D provides exceptional gaming performance, so it’s possible that Intel believes it needs to push clock speeds to the extreme limit in order to maintain its gaming dominance. Alternatively, it is possible that its own cache size improvements will result in a similar improvement in gaming performance? This and all of the other questions that come with the introduction of a new CPU generation are ones that I am looking forward to finding out the answers to.
The 13th generation Raptor Lake processor from Intel and the Zen 4 processor from AMD are expected to go head-to-head in the second half of 2022.