CES 2023: Intel Debuts Cheaper, Lower-Power 13th Gen ‘Raptor Lake’ Desktop CPUs

To address PC builders on a budget, Intel is prepping lower-powered and more affordable desktop CPUs for its 13th Generation “Raptor Lake” processors.

Intel launched the first of its 13th Gen desktop CPUs in September, but the chips were all “K”-class, overclockable models rated for 125 watts of base power, like the Core i9-13900K. Today, the company is announcing lower-power 35- and 65-watt Raptor Lake processors. 

The chips will span 16 different models, including Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5. Although Intel has yet to release the chips, we know that the unit price of the costliest will be $549 and the cheapest $109. The processors are designed to target lower-cost desktop builds, all-in-one PC systems, and commercial hardware. 


Cores for Speed, Cores for Savings

Like the other 125-watt chips, the new Raptor Lakes adopt a hybrid architecture revolving around full-power Performance cores (P-cores) and energy-friendly but still fast Efficient cores (E-cores).


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The new CPUs will be topped off by a 65-watt Core i9-13900, which will feature up to a 5.6GHz clock speed over the P-cores, an increase from the 5.1GHz in the previous generation(Opens in a new window). Intel also says it increased the E-core count over the lower-powered processors and boosted their L2 cache

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According to the company’s benchmarks, the Core i9-13900 can offer up to an 11% gain in single-threaded performance and up to a 34% uplift in multithreaded performance when compared to last year’s Core i9-12900. In games, the Core i9-13900 can also boost frame rates from 6% to as much as 19% over the Core i9-12900, depending on the title. 

Meanwhile, the Core i5 series promises to deliver a 30% to 40% boost over the previous generation in multithreaded performance, according to Intel Director Dan Rogers. Other improvements to the chips include Intel’s second-generation implementation for DDR5 RAM and support for Bluetooth low energy.

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As for the 35-watt chips, the nomenclature will continue from earlier models using a “T” suffix to differentiate…

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The new 65-watt and 35-watt chips also work with older 600-series motherboards for last year’s Alder Lake chips. Also, as before, slightly cheaper models with a disabled integrated graphics module will continue to be offered (set apart by an “F” suffix).

Stay tuned for our reviews of the new processors as we are able to get our hands on samples.

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