If a new rumor is true, Intel’s next-gen Raptor Lake processors could significantly increase the on-board cache when compared to the Elder Lake.
This was tweeted by OneRaichu, a hardware leaker, with the claim that Raptor Lake will increase the desktop cache to 68MB.
68M cache is interesting.😄14 January 2022
As mentioned in the twitter thread, it does not include the L1 cache, which means it is L2 and L3 (the latter have larger amounts of memory, but are slower – L1 is the fastest CPU cache, but is the smallest ).
The Raptor’s alleged 68MB configuration is compared to 44MB for Elder Lake (which is split into the L3’s 30MB and the L2’s 14MB), so it’s a more than 50% increase for next-gen chips. That would be an impressive leap.
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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Intel’s plan to seriously increase CPU cache levels with Raptor Lake. In March 2021, almost a year ago, a leak put forth the claim that we would see “better CPU cache for gaming” with 13th-gen silicon.
The extra cache – if this is true, and despite hearing some rumors right now, we should still remain skeptical – would be a good way for gamers to improve Raptor Lake, as well as benefit IPC (instructions per clock). The new generation of silicon will inevitably achieve that. Remember, Raptor Lake will only be a refreshed version of the Alder Lake architecture, so these are the areas from which all performance benefits will be derived.
That, and of course, when it comes to core configuration and clock speed (though the latter will only be a very minor boost). Elsewhere CPU Grapevine has pitched the idea that the 13th-gen flagship will be a 24-core CPU, with 8 performance cores and 16 efficiency cores, so in the latter case, it will be twice as high as the current 12900K – a massive boost. .
The Raptor Lake chips are due out later this year, possibly in Q3 2022.
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