Intel’s leaked Raptor Lake-S lineup seems to threaten AMD and Apple

We’ve identified sure particulars about Intel’s Raptor Lake processors for some time, however now evidently the complete Raptor Lake-S lineup has leaked. This present leak corroborates a few of the earlier reporting about energy, reminiscence, and core configurations.

YouTuber AdoredTV confirms that Raptor Lake is the thirteenth technology and replaces Alder Lake. Raptor Lake can even function new core architectures that mix next-gen Raptor Cove cores with Alder Lake’s Gracemont cores.

Intel Raptor Lake-S leak reveals key specs about the 2022 release.

Like Alder Lake, Raptor Lake makes use of the identical hybrid configuration that makes use of extra highly effective Raptor Cove cores for demanding masses whereas reserving much less power-hungry purposes for the extra environment friendly Gracemont cores.

The leak additionally confirms the energy necessities and core counts for numerous SKUs. The unlocked, enthusiast-oriented “Ok” collection tops out at 125W, mainstream SKUs are at 65W, and “T-series” SKUs sip energy at 35W.

The highest-end Core i9 configuration will function eight Raptor Cove cores and 16 Gracemont cores that equal 24 cores and 32 threads. This might characterize a dramatic doubling of “effectivity” cores, contemplating the present rumors surrounding an eight-core/eight-core configuration in Alder Lake. If the leak seems to be right, that might imply Intel wouldn’t succeed Gracemont cores with one thing, however as a substitute would simply improve the quantity.

The Core i7 reduces the Gracemont core depend to eight for a complete of 16 cores and 24 threads. The mid-range Core i5 is available in “Ok” and “S” flavors. The Ok model will get six Raptor and eight Gracemont (14 cores/20 threads) whereas the S model drops the variety of Gracemont by 4 (14 cores, 16 threads).  The Core i3 eliminates the Gracemont cores altogether in favor of simply 4 Raptor cores (4 cores/ 8 threads). Lastly, the ultra-low-power Pentium collection will get simply two Raptor cores (4 cores/ 4 threads).

All the Core processors will ship with an built-in GPU (iGPU) based mostly on Intel’s enhanced Xe graphics. Whereas all Core processors will use 32 execution models (EU), sure lower-end CPUs will use both 24 or 16 EU iGPUs.

Efficiency-wise, the increase clock contains a 200MHz improve, now as much as 5.5GHz. Intel will allegedly declare that could be a “world report turbo frequency,” which is a direct shot throughout AMD’s bow. There can even be a bigger L2 cache which Intel will model “Recreation Cache,” just like AMD’s advertising and marketing of its mixture of Zen 2’s L2 and L3 cache. Raptor Lake-S will assist RAM speeds of as much as 5.6 GHz with its low energy variant (LPDDR5X) supporting as much as 6.5 GHz.

The leak additionally confirmed that the cellular model of Raptor Lake will assist DLVR energy supply. This could try and make geared up laptops extra aggressive by way of battery life. That is vital as Apple’s shift to its personal ARM-based M1 platform has made big strides in battery life whereas nonetheless delivering crucial efficiency. Intel’s hybrid method to the CPU mixed with DLVR may match Apple’s effectivity.

On paper, these particulars appear to launch Intel proper again into the battle because it strikes in the direction of Meteor Lake and a 7nm manufacturing course of, now generally known as Intel 5. That is vital as each Alder Lake and Raptor Lake are constructed on Intel 7 (beforehand 10nm course of). AMD made great positive factors (and market share) as soon as it moved over to 7nm. If Intel could make these sorts of positive factors on 10nm, the longer term positively seems vibrant for its upcoming nodes.

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