Intel Is Already Working On “Raptor Lake” Refresh

The first Intel Core i9 CPU to clock in at 6 GHz, the special SKU codenamed “13900KS,” is expected to become available in the first half of 2023. Till AMD releases its revised Ryzen 7000 series with 3D V-Cache, this will be the fastest consumer desktop processor, at least until then.

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According to the Chinese media site, there are no 12 or 16-core variations with the added cache. This implies that the Ryzen 7000X3D may be confined to 6-core and 8-core configurations for the time being. But more cores can be added down the road. ECSM also weighs in on AM5 APU speculations, which may also be restricted to 8 cores. From what we know, those would only work with DDR5-4800 memory.

Intel is rumored to release improved Raptor Lake CPUs with 100 to 200 MHz faster clock speeds later in 2023, between the middle and end of the year. Some speculations indicate that Meteor Lake-S might be seen as early as late 2023, although the ECSM asserts otherwise.

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In 2024, Intel will release Arrow Lake and Meteor Lake. The latter is reported to be limited to 6P+16E configuration, implying that no high-end desktop versions based on this architecture would be available. Intel has announced that it would replace its Core i7 and Core i9 desktop processors with the Arrow Lake architecture.

Intel will likely experience a socket shift in 2024 with the designation LGA1851. The media source provides a very muddled explanation of the process nodes employed by future designs. This socket is expected to be utilized by Meteor and Arrow Lake CPUs and its successor, Panther Lake. These architectures will compete with AMD Zen5, which is expected to be supported by the current AM5 socket.