Intel just accidentally revealed the full and official specifications of its upcoming processors Raptor Lake. The leak includes three of the most popular CPUs and confirms many of the previous rumours.
However, there is one change compared to the leaks we’ve seen so far, and that’s the performance core boost clock. But, this is not a change for the better.
13900k 5.4ghz boost clock🧐 though it was 5.8ghz?
— malachi (@jahmalachi15) September 12, 2022
Someone at Intel could be in trouble. On the official Intel website, specifications for three Raptor Lake models were briefly listed. They were detected by momomo_us, a well-known leaker in the PC hardware space. The information was quickly removed once momomo_us shared their findings with the world, but the website was screenshotted before Intel could change it back.
The three CPUs in question are the Intel Core i9-13900K, the Core i7-13700K, and the Core i5-13600K. This could imply that Intel will release these popular models first and let the rest of the lineup follow at a later point, which is what some previous leaks have already assumed.
The flagship Core i9-13900K is said to come with 24 cores and 32 threads, the Core i7-13700K with 16 cores and 24 threads, and the Core i5-13600K with 14 cores and 20 threads. No surprises there, but the maximum clock rate is not in line with previous reports, and there have been plenty of them.
Intel says the maximum frequency for performance (P) cores is 5.4GHz for the Core i9-13900K, followed by 5.3GHz and 5.1GHz for the Core i7-13700K and Core i5-13600K, respectively.
In the leak, Intel strictly talks about the P-core turbo. We previously thought that the maximum P-core frequency for the Core i9-13900K could go as high as 5.5GHz, but the actual numbers are a bit lower. However, the CPU can go up to 5.7GHz via Turbo Boost Max 3.0 and 5.8GHz with Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB).
What does this mean for future owners of some of these high-end Intel processors? It’s certainly a surprise – we’ve heard the above specs from many sources, so to see them turn out slightly worse is unexpected. However, in terms of performance, this won’t have much of an effect on processors. The clock speed is still high and will rise through overclocking, although most users will not need or want to overclock that high.
Most likely, Intel will announce the new Raptor Lake lineup at Intel Innovation, which is scheduled for just two weeks from now, on September 27.