Intel Raptor Lake and Sapphire Rapids to be launched in Q3 2022

We have new information about Intel’s next CPU series, the Sapphire Rapids (HEDT) and Raptor Lake for desktop PCs.

Intel “Raptor Lake” and “Sapphire Rapids” will be launched in Q3 2022

The information was published by Bilibili and comes from the same Chinese leaker who also published images of the LGA 1700 socket and Z690 chipset.

Intel "Raptor Lake" and "Sapphire Rapids" to be launched in Q3 2022

The new information points to a possible release date or window for the upcoming Sapphire Rapids HEDT processors and Intel Core “Raptor Lake” desktop processors, which are part of the 13th generation of Core processors. The target date would be the third quarter of 2022. It also mentions the detailed specifications (especially clock speeds) of Intel’s Alder Lake line.

The Sapphire Rapids HEDT lineup will be introduced on the W790 platform. The W790 chipset and these CPUs indicate that the platform is aimed at professional users who need high performance. This approach would be similar to AMD’s Threadripper Pro. The Sapphire Rapids-SP chipsets are expected to have up to 56 cores and support the LGA 4677 socket.

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Sapphire Rapids will use a 10nm node, support 64 PCIe 5.0 lanes, and 8-channel DDR5 memory.

There aren’t many details on Raptor Lake beyond a Q3 2022 launch, but it makes sense that it will go in the same direction as Alder Lake with its hybrid design of powerful large cores and highly efficient small cores, improving the performance and efficiency of the architecture.

The leak ends with some details about the Intel Core “Alder Lake”, a 12th generation Core.

The Intel Core i9-12900K runs at a base speed of 3.20 GHz and a boost speed of 5.20 GHz (TB 3.0), the Core i7-12700K runs at a base speed of 3.60 GHz and a boost speed of 5.0 GHz (TB 3.0), while the Core i5-12600K runs at a base speed of 3.70 GHz and a boost speed of 4.90 GHz (TB 2.0).

The Core i3, according to the source, will not be a Rocket Lake upgrade and will be based on the Golden Cove core architecture. The iGPU will be the latest UHD 770 (Xe) series and the memory will support DDR5-4800 and DDR4-3200.

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