Intel has officially unveiled the 13th Gen desktop CPUs codenamed ‘Raptor Lake.’ The news follows AMD’s recent announcement of Ryzen 7000 series processors. The new CPU lineup currently consists of three CPU models, each with two variants. So, let’s take a look at the specifications, features, availability, and expected price of the Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU in Nepal.
Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU Overview:
The new 13th generation Raptor Lake CPUs retain Intel’s hybrid design of P (Performance) and E (Efficiency) cores, which were first introduced with the Alder Lake processors. Similarly to last year, the company initially announced its K and KF processor series.
As always, silicons with the suffix ‘K’ can be overclocked to gain a little extra performance. The ‘F’ suffix in these CPUs indicates that they lack an integrated GPU. Let’s get into the specifics of the new Raptor Lake chips now.
The top-of-the-line Core i9-13900K/KF processor has 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores for a total of 32 threads. The performance cores can now reach up to 5.8GHz boost clock speed, up from 5.1GHz on the Core i9-12900K. Similarly, the E-cores have a boost clock speed of 4.3GHz, up from 3.9GHz in the previous generation.
In terms of performance comparison with AMD desktop processors, Intel hasn’t compared it to the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs in the launch event. Instead, Team Blue compared it to the AMD Ryzen 5000 series.
Intel claims that the Core i9-13900K outperforms the Ryzen 9 5950X in content creation tests such as PugetBench for Photoshop and PugetBench for Premiere Pro by 33% and 16%, respectively. While gaming, the Core i9-13900K is said to provide a 25% performance boost over the Ryzen 9 5950X. Aside from that, the base TDP is 125W, but with an adequate cooling solution, the rated maximum power draw at boost speeds is 253W.
Core i7, i5
Moving on, the i7-13700K/KF has eight P-cores and eight E-cores, for a total thread count of 24. It has an L2 cache of 24MB and an L3 cache of 30MB. The CPU can boost the P-cores to 5.4GHz and the E-cores to 4.2GHz. Surprisingly, it has the same base power of 125W and max Turbo power of 253W as the Core i9-13900K.
Last but not least, Intel unveiled the Core i5-13600K/KF silicon, which features six P-cores and eight E-cores. It has 44MB of total cache (24MB L2 + 20MB L3) and a maximum clock speed of 5.1GHz.
All of the new Raptor Lake chips have one thing in common: they have twice the number of E-cores as their predecessors. Aside from that, all six CPU models have 20 PCIe lanes (up to 16 PCIe 5.0 + 4 PCIe 4.0), as well as support for DDR5 5600 and DDR4 3200 memory, with faster memory supported via XMP. The Intel UHD Graphics 770 is standard on all non-F SKUs.
In addition, Intel has announced a new Z790 motherboard for Raptor Lake desktop CPUs. The new motherboard will include eight additional PCIe 4.0 lanes, increased USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gbps) ports, and DMI Gen 4.0 for faster peripheral and networking access. Users will also be able to use existing 600-series motherboards with 13th-generation chips as well.
Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU Specifications:
|CPU||P/E-colors||Clocks (Base/Boost)||Total cache (L2+L3)||Base/Max Power|
|Core i9-13900K||8P/16E||3.0/5.8 GHz (P)|
2.2/4.3 GHz (E)
|68MB (32 + 36)||125/253 W|
|Core i7-13700K||8P/8E||3.4/5.4 GHz (P)|
2.5/4.2 GHz (E)
|54 MB (24 + 30)||125/253 W|
|Core i5-13600K||6P/8E||3.5/5.1 GHz (P)|
2.6/3.9 GHz (E)
|44 MB (24 + 20)||125/181 W|
Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU Price in Nepal and Availability
As for the price, the i5-13600K and KF chips are priced at USD 319 and USD 294, respectively. Similarly, the top-tier Core i9-13900K CPU costs USD 589, while the KF variant costs USD 564. The new processors will go on sale on October 20. When the Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU is released in Nepal, we expect the price to start at NPR 50,000.
|CPU||Price in the US||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|Core i5-13600K/KF||USD 319|
USD 294 (KF)
|Core i7-13700K/KF||USD 409|
USD 384 (KF)
|Core i9-13900K/KF||USD 589|
USD 564 (KF)
- Meanwhile, check out our comparison of Intel Core i7-12700K vs i7-11700K.