Intel is planning to release a flagship 13th Gen Core “Raptor Lake” desktop processor that offers core frequencies of up to 6 GHz at stock and is capable of being overclocked to 8 GHz, according to a slide shared by the company at its ongoing Technology Tour event in Israel. This will presumably be the Core i9-13900KS, a special edition of the chip aimed at Intel users who demand the best that the Raptor Lake architecture has to offer.
From a Tom’s Hardware report:
Notably, the peak of 6 GHz is 300 MHz faster than the 5.7 GHz for AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors, but Intel hasn’t announced which product will hit that peak speed. We also aren’t sure if a 6GHz chip will arrive with the first wave of chips or be a special edition ‘KS’ model. Intel also claimed that Raptor Lake will have a 15% gain in single-threaded performance and a 41% gain in multi-threaded, as measured by SPECintrate_2017 and compared to Alder Lake, and an overall ‘40% performance scaling.’
You can see the 6GHz stock clocks and 8 GHz world record listed in the last entry in the above timeline. The Israel Development Center (IDC) has been the design engine behind a long line of Intel products spanning back to the 8088 that started it all back in 1979 (here’s a look back). That lineup spans until today, encompassing well-known names like Pentium MXX, Banias, Sandy Bridge, and many others.
AMD’s new Zen 4-based flagship, the Ryzen 9 7950X, in comparison, features a boost and base frequency of up to 5.7 GHz and 4.5 GHz, respectively. A SKU chart that was recently leaked by Igor’s Lab can also confirm that the Core i9-13900K will boost up to 5.8 GHz.