The future of computing is here with Intel’s new Raptor Lake processor. This revolutionary processor has the capability to run at 6 GHz straight out of the box, making it one of the most powerful processors on the market. Intel has not yet revealed the official name of this processor, but it is speculated to be the Core i9-13900KS. Jason Xie, Intel’s head of gaming tech marketing, demonstrated the processor’s capabilities with a standard Corsair universal cooler and an Intel RVP (Reference Verification Platform) motherboard. He also showed that the processor can reach the same speeds with a commercially available ASUS Z790 motherboard. The processor is able to reach the 6GHz frequency, but cannot sustain it due to factors such as power budget, thermal characteristics, software and Windows not allocating the necessary cores. Intel Core i9-13900KS is expected to be released soon with a base TDP of 150 watts and a maximum TDP of 253 watts. Although the price and release date remain unknown, it is speculated that the processor will cost around $700.
What just happened? Intel presented a demonstration of Raptor Lake processor that, as confirmed in September, can run at 6 GHz straight out of the box. The company said it can’t reveal the official name of the processor yet, though we’re pretty sure it will be the Core i9-13900KS.
Speaking to tech evangelist Alejandro Hoyos, Intel’s head of gaming tech marketing, Jason Xie, demonstrated a chip that can reach speeds of 6GHz without the need for overclocking. It demonstrated its credentials using a standard off-the-shelf Corsair universal cooler and an Intel RVP (Reference Verification Platform) motherboard.
Xie uses a 7-zip test running in the background along with Intel XTU (Extreme Tuning Utility) and HWiNFO to show that no tricks were used to reach the 6 GHz frequency. The chip manages to achieve such a multi-threaded clock rate, but cannot sustain it. When Hoyos asks why this might be, Xie says that maintaining a 6 GHz frequency depends on the environment with such influencing factors as power budget, thermal characteristics, software and Windows not allocating the necessary cores.
Ce also proved that the processor delivers the same performance when connected to commercially available consumer motherboards – in this case the ASUS Z790 motherboard – with the same Corsair cooler.
Intel Core i9-13900KS briefly appeared in a video showing an Intel Core i9-13900K overclocked to a record 9 GHz; the former is a speed-limited version of the latter. The KS model is shown with a maximum TDP of 150 watts, although this is only the base power of the processor (PL1), so the maximum power in Turbo mode (MTP/PL2) will be much higher. In comparison, the Core i9-13900K has a base TDP of 125 watts and a maximum TDP of 253 watts.
The price and release date of Intel Core i9-13900KS remain unknown, although there are rumors that the processor should go on sale any day now. As for how much it will cost, the standard Model K costs $589, so an optimist might say $600, but a realist might say closer to $700.