Intel Raptor Lake Refresh Release Date, Specs, and Performance- All we know till now

Intel Raptor Lake Refresh Release Date, Specs, and Performance- All we know till now

It is unlikely that we are going to see any refresh for the Ryzen 7000 chips, unlike Intel which is supposedly working on Raptor Lake Refresh that will outperform the current gen and should be available before the end of this year.

This has been reported by Enthusiastic Citizen on who has been pretty accurate in leaks previously. He reported that the Raptor Lake Refresh K series is likely to be available in the 42nd week of this year while the non-K series will be launched in the first week of next year.

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The 42nd week of this year means that the K-series processors can launch somewhere between the 17th and 23rd of October. He also said that the new processors are also going to see a core count increase which sounds pretty awesome and fortunately, we also have some performance numbers leaked already.

A leaker by the Twitter handle @wxnod posted a pic of Cinebench R23 benchmark results that shows the true performance of the upcoming core i7 14700K. The CPU scored a good 2192 points in single-core and 36296 points in multi-core tests which beat the numbers scored by i7 13700K by 4 and 17% respectively.

Core i7 14700K test

This obviously looks like a result of more cores as I talked a moment ago and it has been confirmed by Harukaze who posted a screenshot where the 14700K is supposedly featuring 20 cores and 28 threads. So, apparently, the core i7 14700K has 2 additional Performance and Efficient cores which increases the core count from 16 to 20 compared to the 13700K.


Apart from that the chip also boasts more cache size where now the L3 cache is increased by 3MB and the L2 cache by 4. And if we look closely at the first screenshot, this CPU looks to be rated at 125W which is the exact default TDP of the 13700K. So, it is possible that the 14700K won’t be exceeding the power limits over the 13700K but will deliver higher performance out of the box.

Similarly, we also see the 14700K outperforming the predecessor by 4 and 18% in single and multi-core tests which clearly shows that the Raptor Lake Refresh won’t have a significant uplift in single-core performance which was expected considering that it is just a refresh of the Raptor Lake family. However, the multi-core threaded performance does have an impressive performance uplift over the last gen which is enough for considering the Refresh lineup.

Now, it is still unclear whether all the Refresh chips will have a core count increase in both performance and efficient cores but at least the i9 14900K should follow the same pattern. As for the mobile platform, Intel is increasing the core count of those chips as well.

According to the Golden Pig, the Raptor Lake HX chips will have a core count increase for the i5 14650HX which will now feature 2 more performance cores over the 13650HX but the efficient core count will remain as it is. However, there will be some chips like the i5 14500HX which won’t see any core count increase but it will still bring more cache size that will make it comparable to the 13650HX in one way.

Golden pig Raptor Lake HX

The good thing is that the TDP of those CPUs won’t be increased just like we expect the 14700K to not bring higher power consumption. So, it can be said that the rumors of a higher TDP of over 300W might not apply to mid-range CPUs but will be rather specific to higher-end chips like the i9 14900K. Whatever the case might be, we will have to wait and see what improvement the i9 will bring over its predecessor but this does look like a promising uplift on the already existing platform.

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