After launching in late September, Intel’s Raptor Lake processors could go on sale on October 17th, according to the rumor mill.
This latest speculation on the release timing of Intel’s next-generation CPUs comes from a known leaker enthusiast citizen. (opens in new tab) (on Bilibili), as seen by Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab), You might recall that Enthusiast Citizen recently provided another Raptor Lake leak concerning the Core i5-13600K (which was an impressive display for a mid-range chip).
All the usual warnings about an appropriate degree of skepticism apply to this (and previous) leak, but the claim is that Intel will launch Raptor Lake at its innovation event on September 28 (the dev conference kicks off a day before) .
That will also be the day when the restriction on reviews will be lifted, so buyers should be able to see how the 13th-gen range performs, with the processors going on sale come October 17th as mentioned.
The first model to hit the shelves will apparently be the flagship Core i9-13900K, along with the Core i7-13700K and Core i5-13600K, which will debut with the expected CPUs. KF models will also be released – they are processors without integrated graphics for those who are happy to rely on discrete GPUs.
However, non-K CPUs, such as the vanilla Core i7-13700, for example, may not be shown until CES 2023 on January 5th, before going on sale in late January. Those models aren’t unlocked like the K series chips, which means they can’t be overclocked, but that’s fine for a lot of people who would never tinker with their hardware.
Lastly, only the top-end Z790 motherboards will launch in October, the leaker claims, and the more affordable H760 and B760 chipsets won’t be found here until January (where they’ll be pushed out alongside those non-K Raptor Lake processors).
It’s worth remembering that Elder Lake motherboards (600 series) are compatible with Raptor Lake, so you won’t have to upgrade your mobo to the 700 series if you’re already running a 12th-gen chip. And in fact Intel will not release the H710 chipset for the Raptor Lake, and will instead only reuse the H610 chipset, which as mentioned is fully compatible.
Analysis: More waiting to hit shelves than Elder Lake?
This latest rumor should be treated with great caution, but it’s exactly what we were thinking beforehand. When Intel announced its innovation event for 2022, the chip giant hinted at the conference about “hearing about the latest launches,” and last year, it was the platform Team Blue was using for its Elder Lake processors. it was done.
So we were already convinced that there was a solid possibility to see Raptor Lake in innovation, around its long-rumored October launch deadline, which means it’s no surprise to hear this from the grapevine. However, what’s particularly interesting to us here is the difference between the launch and the CPU actually selling.
We were assuming it would be a small difference, but that’s just conjecture on our part, which happened with Elder Lake – where there was just a week between the reveal and the processor hitting the shelves. In this case, Intel will apparently be waiting three weeks before opening Raptor Lake so the public can buy it, and that’s a perfectly reasonable prediction.
The chips will only be available when they’re ready, but we were thinking Intel might want to shoot for an early October launch and try to get the drop on AMD. Team Red’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs are expected to launch in September and then emerge in October, as with theory Raptor Lake – and whichever company gets its next-gen processors first, clearly some Small wins in terms of grabbing that limelight the fastest.
In Intel’s case, however, it would potentially be a big win because it third Production of chips without AMD’s answer, which Team Red could be regarded as looking more than a slack – even though the Ryzen 5000 has held up remarkably well throughout its reign (with that 3D V-cache A kind of stopgap on the top-end for gamers, of course), with helping out in the form of a refresh.
AMD may be overtaking the first post, though, if this new rumor is true, but we’ll only know for sure in a few months when these next-gen launches should happen.