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Rumored September 28 launch, with 13th-gen processors on sale three weeks later. Intel’s Raptor Lake processors could go on sale on October 17, according to the rumor mill, following a launch in late September.
This fresh speculation on the release timing of Intel’s next-gen CPUs comes from known leaker Enthusiastic Citizen (on Bilibili), as spotted by Tom’s Hardware. You may recall that Enthusiastic Citizen recently provided another Raptor Lake leak concerning the Core i5-13600K (which was an impressive showing for the mid-range chip).
Apply all the normal disclaimers about treating this (and the prior) leak with a reasonable amount of skepticism, of course, but the claim is that Intel will unveil Raptor Lake during its Innovation event on September 28. (the dev conference kicks off the day before).
The review embargo will be lifted on that day as well, allowing prospective customers to examine how the 13th-generation range performs before the CPUs go on sale on October 17 as previously indicated.
Non-K CPUs, like the standard Core i7-13700, might not be unveiled until CES 2023 on January 5 before being on sale in the second half of the month. Since certain models can’t be overclocked because they aren’t unlocked like K series chips, many consumers don’t care that they can’t overclock their computers anyway.
Last but not least, according to the leaker, only the most expensive Z790 motherboards will go on sale in October, while the more inexpensive H760 and B760 chipsets won’t arrive until January (when they’ll be released alongside those non-K Raptor Lake processors).
It’s important to keep in mind that Alder Lake motherboards (600 series) are compatible with Raptor Lake, so if you currently have a 12th-gen processor installed, you won’t need to upgrade your motherboard to a 700 series. According to reports, Intel will instead reuse the H610 chipset, which is completely compatible with Raptor Lake, rather than developing a H710 chipset.
Analysis: More of a wait to hit shelves than Alder Lake?
Although we should proceed with great caution with this new rumor, it does support our presumptions. When the chipmaker announced its Innovation event for 2022, it made hints about attendees “hearing about the latest launches” during the gathering. Last year, Team Blue used this platform to debut Alder Lake CPUs.
So it comes as no surprise to hear this from the rumor mill since we already thought there was a good chance we’d see Raptor Lake at Innovation, around the time of its long-rumored October debut. However, what interests us most about this situation is the alleged delay between the launch and the actual sale of the CPUs.
We were assuming this would be short gap, but that’s just guesswork on our part, based on what happened with Alder Lake – where there was just a week between the reveal and processors hitting the shelves. In this case, Intel will apparently be waiting three weeks before unleashing Raptor Lake so the public can buy it, and that’s a perfectly reasonable prediction.
The chips will only be ready when they’re ready, of course, but we’d been thinking that Intel might want to shoot for an early October launch to try and get the drop on AMD. Team Red’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs are expected to be launched in September and likely to then emerge in October, just the same as the theory holds with Raptor Lake – and whichever company gets their next-gen processors out first will obviously have something of a minor victory in terms of grabbing that limelight the quickest.
Even though Ryzen 5000 has held its own surprisingly well throughout its reign, Intel may have a bigger triumph because it would be the third generation of processors to be released without an AMD response. This may make Team Red appear to be a little lethargic (with that 3D V-cache refresh helping as a kind of stopgap at the top-end for gamers, admittedly).
Maybe AMD will get past the post first, though, if this new rumor is right, but we’ll only know for sure in a couple of months when these next-gen launches should get underway.