Intel’s Raptor Lake processor will be the 13th-generation model that I heard in rumor mills, and is mentioned in the official documentation of the chip giant, indicating that it is actually in the pipeline.
The Raptor Lake-S desktop CPU was highlighted on Twitter by hardware leaker @momomo_us, and Intel’s material provides technical details about the chip’s requirements and specifications. It also comes with compatibility guidelines related to Alder Lake, the 12th generation processor Raptor Lake is expected to succeed.
In theory, this is a solid proof that not only Raptor Lake will come, but rumored to take the baton from Alder Lake and be on the same platform (Alder Lake will need an entirely new design and socket-LGA 1700-a new motherboard, and Intel will be after a single generation Rarely switch on).
In a way, the Raptor Lake seems to be a bit lost among the major upgrades coming to Intel’s future processors. Alder Lake (10nm) was released in late 2021 after the upcoming Rocket Lake debut, bringing about a major change in terms of transforming the overall design (adopting a hybrid model with a big core and a small power efficient core).
As rumored before, Raptor Lake simply refreshes Alder Lake and keeps honing and tweaking at 10nm, while the next 14th-generation chip, Meteor Lake, will make a bigger splash as it’s where Intel theoretically changes. Gears and reach 7nm.
We’ve already heard of Meteor Lake (of course we’ve heard a lot from Alder Lake too), but Intel hasn’t said anything about Raptor Lake so far. But that makes sense because it’s a lower profile event.
Plans will arrive at the end of 2021, as Alder Lake mentioned, probably in September, and Meteor Lake is planning a 2023 debut, and in 2022 Raptor Lake will leave a hole to find a home. Of course all of this is included, but Intel documentation (assuming it’s real) seems to designate Raptor Lake as the successor to Alder Lake, based on previous speculation.
Raptor Lake can’just’ refresh Alder Lake, but I’ve been told that it should still bring significant IPC (instructions per clock) performance gains, and that it can provide some nice bonuses to gamers.