Rumor mill: New information from a couple of well-known insiders has reinforced existing rumors about the composition and release dates of future Intel Raptor Lake processors. The first models are likely to go on sale this fall, and they represent an evolution of Alder Lake, not a revolution.

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This week’s recognized leader argued that the first 13th generation Intel processors will be released on October 17th. Also, this week another insider released Intel internal documents confirming that future processors use the same microarchitecture as Alder Lake released last year.

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The release date comes from Enthusiastic Citizen (ESCM_Official) who recently general Core i5-13600K benchmarks from Raptor Lake. They claim that Intel will unveil its next-generation processors at the Innovation event in September ahead of the Oct. 17 launch. Earlier rumors tied the date to October.

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This initial launch includes the i9-13900K, i7-13700K, and i5-13600K, as well as motherboards with the Z790 chipset. Intel will introduce non-K Raptor Lakes at CES 2023 on January 5th and then release them along with the H760 and B760 chipsets in the second half of January.

Meanwhile, InstLatX64 – who in 2020 disclosed Geekbench Benchmarks for Intel Lakefield Processors – Intel released whitepaper this week listing Raptor Lake and Alder Lake in the same architecture group. In the company’s top-down microarchitecture analysis spreadsheet (link in embedded tweet), multi-generation processors are grouped by microarchitecture, with “ADL/RPL” (Alder Lake/Raptor Lake) first.

This analysis aligns with what we already know about the similarities and compatibility between 12th and 13th generation Intel processors. Fresh sample 13900K shows that the performance gain is dependent on increased power consumption, since it uses the same Intel 7 semiconductor node as the previous generation. In addition, Intel 600 series motherboards that support Alder Lake will support Raptor Lake via BIOS updates. Future Intel processors will also continue to support DDR4 RAM along with the latest DDR5 RAM.

14th generation Intel Meteor Lake chips, possibly based on Intel’s upcoming Node 4, should sentence a more significant performance difference when they arrive in late 2023.