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Introducing the 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors

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by Peter Krass on 09/27/2022
Blog Category: devices

If your customers are looking for next-level PC performance, powerful platform features and immersive experiences, 13 could be their lucky number.

That’s because Intel today introduced its 13th Gen Intel Core processor family. Code-named Raptor Lake, these new processors have been designed to power desktop PCs used by tech enthusiasts, gamers, content creators and business users alike.

Under the hood

Just like the previous 12th Gen Intel Core processors, the new Intel Core CPUs run with a hybrid architecture: both Performance cores (P-cores) and Efficient cores (E-cores).

With the 13th Gen, Intel has improved the P-core with higher frequencies and increased both the Intel Smart Cache and total LT cache. The core count now goes as high as 24 — made up of 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores — with as many as 32 threads.

Connectivity features include support for Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) wireless networks and the Killer Intelligent Engine, which automatically detects and switches to the fastest access point. Also supported: Thunderbolt 4 for easier device connections.

Intel UHD Graphics are onboard for immersive experiences and gaming. Intel Deep Learning Boost offers yet more support for immersive experiences, as does Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator 3.0.

Platform improvements

The 13th gen delivers several platform improvements. These include support for CPU PCIe 5.0 (up to 16 lanes) and new continued support for DDR5 and DDR4 memory with a memory-transfer rate of up to 5,600 MT/sec.

Intel says the new CPUs will offer 15% better single-threaded performance, and up to 41% better multithreaded performance.

The processor family is led by the i9-13900K, which has a clock speed of up to 5.8 GHz. In all, the new family offers 6 unlocked desktop processors, and Intel says many more SKUs are coming soon.

The new CPUs are backward compatible with the previous 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors. They use the same socket and pinout. Conversely, older Intel 600 Series chipsets are forward compatible with the 13th Gen Intel Core processors.

Special features

The new processors also feature Intel Thread Director. It assists the OS scheduler to prioritize and manage workloads, sending tasks to the best thread.

Also included is Intel Thermal Velocity Boost. This feature increases the clock velocity of selected SKUs by up to 100 MHz when 2 conditions are met: the processor’s temperature is no higher than 70 C (158 F), and some turbo power budget is available.

Yet another included feature is Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0. It improves lightly threaded performance by identifying the best-performing P-cores. What’s more, it does so without increasing the voltage and without operating beyond the spec; in other words, this isn’t overclocking.

That said, overclocking is doable with another feature, Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU). This precision toolset helps experienced overclockers get even more performance from their unlocked processors.

Memory overclocking can also be simplified with Intel Extreme Memory Profile 3.0 (Intel XMP). It sets memory appropriately to allow high-performance RAM. The user selects the profile that meets their preferences. Then Intel XMP automatically adjusts frequency, voltage and timings.

So tell your customers about the new 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors. It could be their lucky day.

Discover more:

> 13th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors Product Brief

> Get help selling 13th Gen Intel Core processor-based devices and systems. Intel Partner Alliance offers trainings, selling guides, quick reference guides and more.



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