Intel to counter AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs with boost clocks up to 5.8GHz, 3D Zen 4 V Cache variants planned

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Intel plans to launch its 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S processors for desktop DIY market later this year. Coinciding with AMD’s Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” version, these processors will take advantage of the Raptor Cove architecture for P cores and retain the Gracemont architecture for E cores, but with twice as many cores (8P + 16E ). The Intel Node 7 will be retained in a more mature form.

According to the source above, Raptor Lake will have significantly improved boost clocks despite being on the same node as Alder Lake. We’re talking boost clocks of up to 5.8GHz, a 300MHz increase over the recently launched Core i9-12900KS. This should be enough to confer a at least 10-15% improvement in gaming performance when combined with cache hierarchy optimization and hybrid core scheduler.

On the AMD side, the chipmaker launched the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in a bid to reclaim the gaming crown and did so successfully according to third-party reviews. The octa-core processor with 96MB L3 cache (64MB 3D stacked) is about equal to or faster than the Core i9-12900K (priced at just $449). Team Red should launch its next generation Ryzen 7000 processors based on the Zen 4 core architecture later this year. These chips will use the new AM5 socket, faster DDR5 memory, and include support for the PCIe Gen 5 interface. 5nm process node from TSMC. However, in terms of core count, we’re looking at 16 high-end cores (across two CCDs), while Intel’s Raptor Lake will pack a total of 24 cores.

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