Intel’s Raptor Lake processors were leaked by the company itself, showing the main CPU and two others complete with what can be considered the final core count and maximum boost speeds.
This appears to be a misguided update of an official Intel guide on choosing the right gaming CPU, and in an article section of the company’s Canadian website, the specs of three 12th-gen (currently Alder Lake) models are discussed. Except the accidental refresh of the page entered a trio of Raptor Lake models received, namely the Core i5-13600K, Core i7-13700K and the flagship Core i9-13900K.
The bug was fixed and the page reversed to show Alder Lake chips, but not before the @momomo_us hardware leaker screen picked up the details (as flagged by VideoCardz (opens in new tab)).
As you can see, the 13900K is shown with 24 cores and 32 threads and a maximum clock of 5.4 GHz for the performance cores. This means that, as rumored, it is a chip with 8 performance cores and 16 efficiency cores (the latter does not have hyper-threading, hence the 32 threads).
The 13700K is listed as having 16 cores and 24 threads – so 8 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores – with a maximum boost of 5.3 GHz (for the performance cores). And the 13600K offers 14 cores and 20 threads – meaning 6 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores – with a maximum boost of up to 5.1 GHz.
All of this comes with the caveat that this misguided spec update could have bugs, or at least it’s a possibility, although it’s not likely that we’d expect it.
Analysis: Higher boost speeds are still on the cards
Leaping the gun with a page refresh like this suggests that the supposedly imminent release of Raptor Lake – which should be happening at Intel’s innovation event on September 27, just two weeks from now – is actually happening as rumored. Because if Intel is getting updates like this ready and in place for their website right now, the reveal is likely to come soon. (French fries won’t be on sale until later, mind you, if the vine is right – maybe mid-October or a little later).
This also confirms – salt added as always – that among the first CPUs we will see are the trio of the 13900K, 13700K and 13600K, which is to be expected of course as they represent the flagship and main workhorses of the 13th- generation range. Note that there may be more Raptor Lake processors to kick-start the next-gen action – in fact, that’s highly likely – and rumors point to 12 consumer models initially (six actually seeing as half will simply be ‘F’ variants which are the same as the standard CPU, just without the integrated graphics).
If you’re disappointed by the boost speeds shown in this leak, please note that they are the base maximum Turbo clock frequency, and the 13900K, for example, can go over 5.4GHz. The most widely (and longest-running) 5.8GHz rumor is the actual top speed, but that’s only true with TVB (for a brief period of time, in other words, as long as thermals allow).
So don’t think the rumor has overestimated the boost speeds, because as far as the latest leaks show, the flagship will hit 5.8GHz, and this Intel spill doesn’t contradict that. (It’s worth noting that this also tells us that Intel’s revelation that a Raptor Lake CPU will hit 6GHz out of the box belongs to the 13900KS, which will be a later special edition of the 13900K).
All of that being said, we’ve seen speculation of an all-core boost speed of 5.5GHz for the 13900K, and that official – well, still technically semi-official – 5.4GHz number seemingly puts a stop to that idea.
This in no way lowers expectations of the kind of performance we’ll see at Raptor Lake, mind you, and effectively illustrates why the spread of rumors always needs to be viewed with extreme caution. Of course, even this leak needs to be handled with a little care, as we’ve already mentioned.
However, the general vibe of the recent Raptor Lake rumors is creating some pretty positive expectations, performance-wise – and particularly for the 13th Gen, being a much better prospect for overclocking than Alder Lake. PC enthusiasts, then, will be eager to see these processors on sale, no doubt, although AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 7000 (Zen 4) processors are also creating similar expectations as a hefty step – in terms of overall performance, no overclocking – compared to current Zen 3 based chips.