Intel introduces next-generation desktop CPUs, promising a big boost to gaming and multitasking performance

Intel Corp. today lifted the lid on its latest generation of central processing units for desktop computers.

Announced today by Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger (below) at the chip maker’s two-day Intel Innovation event, the new generation of CPUs is known as the 13th Generation Intel Core family. Codenamed Raptor Lake, it contains what the company claims to be the fastest desktop processor in the world, the i9-13900K.

The 13th generation Intel Core family of CPUs will consist of a total of 22 processors when it goes on sale on October 20. They will be available in more than 125 partner system designs, including boxed processors, motherboards and desktop systems, which Intel promises will be major improvements in both application performance and platform compatibility.

Within the new generation of CPUs are six new Intel Core ‘K’ desktop processors that deliver up to 24 cores, with 32 threads and “burning clock speeds” of up to 5.8 gigahertz. That will enable a superior gaming, streaming and recording experience, Intel said.

Built on a mature Intel 7 process, the next-generation CPUs feature a x86-performance hybrid architecture that delivers high performance for the most demanding multitasking workloads, the company explains. It provided a bunch of impressive numbers to back up those claims, saying that the 13th Gen Intel Core chips offer up to 15% better single-threaded performance and up to 41% better multithreaded performance.

Gamers in particular should appreciate this next level of performance. Intel said the 13th Gen Intel Core family combines the fastest Performance cores ever with double the number of Efficient cores to deliver noticeably faster frame rates for even the most demanding games.

Meanwhile, the expanded E-cores of 13th Gen Intel Core i5, i7 and i9 chips mean they can also handle multiple, compute-intensive workloads to keep the busiest makers in the flow. Furthermore, the chips offer what Intel says is an “unrivaled overclocking experience”. Using the newly developed Intel Speed ​​Optimizer, users can increase the clock speed of their devices with a single click to squeeze even better performance out of them, the company said.

Michelle Johnston Holthaus, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group, said the company has once again raised the standard of PC performance. “The 13th Gen Intel Core family is the latest example of how Intel is enabling great experiences on the PC — at scale and across all PC product segments,” she said.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger with new Core CPU

The 13th Gen Intel Core chips come with a number of new features not seen in previous generations, including the most advanced version of Intel’s Adaptive Boost and Thermal Velocity Boost technologies. These technologies are available in Intel Core i9 unlocked SKUs and reportedly work together to opportunistically increase the CPU’s clock frequency based on power consumption and thermal headroom during a given workload. The company also mentioned support for PCIe Gen 5.0, with more memory support for DDR5-5600 and DDR5-5200, while maintaining DDR4 compatibility.

Whether Intel’s 13th-generation Core chips are truly the fastest desktop processors ever remains to be seen, said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy. “Both Intel and AMD like to paint their processors as the best for the workloads they’re optimized for when they first launch,” he said. “Until we compare full systems by reviewers, which will probably be soon, it’s too close to call.”

In terms of system hardware, Intel said the 13th generation Intel Core family can work with existing Intel 600 series chipset motherboards or the new generation 700 series, which also launched today.

The Intel 700 Series chipset is said to provide advanced features that increase reliability and performance, with eight additional PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes combined with PCIe Gen 3.0, equating to 28 total lanes outside the chipset. Meanwhile, the 700 series also supports USB 3.2 Gen connectivity, which means higher throughput for peripherals, Intel said.

Finally, Intel said, 13th-generation Intel Core chips will be able to take advantage of a new software solution called Intel Unison that can connect PCs to multiple other devices, starting with iOS and Android smartphones. With Intel Unison, users can easily pair their devices by following a few simple steps, and then they can easily share workloads across those devices. For example, users can take a photo on their Android phone and edit it on their Intel-powered PC, or else view received text messages on the larger screen so they don’t have to switch devices.

Holger Mueller of Constellation Research Inc. said that as far as first impressions go, Intel’s 13th-generation desktop CPUs are likely to provide real value to gamers and creatives, who can both always use a little more power for their workloads. “The good news is that Gelsinger and Intel are claiming a lot of extra power with these new CPUs,” Mueller added. “Intel Unison’s new software offering is also very notable for enabling media sharing across platforms. That fills a gap and is an attractive upsell for a traditional hardware maker.”

Intel said Intel Unison will select Intel Evo laptops based on its older 12th Gen Intel Core chips later this year, before arriving on 13th Gen Intel Core-based PCs early next year.

Images: Intel

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