Is Raptor Lake Intel’s Gen 13 or a minor revision of Alder Lake?

One of the things that Intel did over multiple generations of its Intel Core is to base multiple generations on Sky Lake cores, taking advantage of the performance advantage they had over AMD. Times have changed and Zen architectures have become a threat to Intel, which has led them to opt for a strategy like AMD’s, based on launching new architectures based on increasing the IPC generation after generation. That is why Raptor Lake, which will be based on Alder Lake architecture, would be a return to the approach with the Sky Lake.

Intel recently announced that it had completed the Compute Tile of its Meteor Lake, architecture based on its 7nm node. Which will compete against TSMC’s 5 nm node for having similar specifications, which leads us to conclude that unlike the 14 nm node that we have had between several generations. In the case of 10 nm, it will end at Raptor Lake.

Raptor Lake is an advanced version of Alder Lake

Although this statement we already knew from the different leaks that have been produced and information with a dropper from Intel itself. The latest we have been able to hear comes from an Intel employee who has sent information about the future Intel PCH to the SATA-IO organization.

Apparently, both Alder Lake and Raptor Lake will share the same type of PCH. Which is understood from the moment that both CPUs they will share the same socket, LGA1700, and one is an improved version of the other. Let’s not forget that the PCH is the chipset of the motherboard and is related to the type of socket used. Usually when there is a minor revision of a family of processors, what is done is to make improvements in the PCH or Chipset of the motherboard and a new version is launched for the new revision of processors, even if they share architecture.

Raptor Lake Roadmap

Which brings us to the question of whether Raptor Lake is going to be the Intel Core Gen 13 or failing that a minor revision of the Gen 12. Since the changes would be very small. There are rumors that Raptor Lake could bring with it a greater number of cores. Some suggest that we will see an increase in the number of Golden Cove cores, while others speak of a greater number of Gracemont cores.

If anything, the changes confirmed by Intel itself is an improvement in DLVR and support for LPDDR5X memory, which are important changes, but not to justify the launch of a thirteenth generation. Unless the number of cores is increased, not only the small cores known as Gracemont, but also the large ones called Golden Covek, which would justify its launch as Intel’s Gen 13.

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