The Intel Core i9 12900KS is available now with dual-core boost clocks up to 5.5GHz. But even that clock speed seems to be just a taste of what’s to come. New rumors point to a boost clock of up to 5.8GHz for Intel’s flagship 13th Gen Raptor Lake model.
The message comes from a tweet @OneRaichu pass El Chapuzas Information. It states that Intel can add 200-300MHz on the 12900KS. Although it remains to be seen what impact this will have on power efficiency, as power demand is known to increase dramatically while chasing the last few megabytes.
However, this clock will be exclusive to high-end models where high performance is more important than power efficiency. The i7 and i5 models will definitely be a bit more grounded and don’t require high-end cooling solutions. For this reason, a CPU like the Core i5 12400 is sure to impress.
If Intel can deliver impressive clock speed improvements along with more cache, more E cores, and an improved IPC for the Raptor Cover P cores, Intel could have a very competitive product lineup.
Intel is rumored to be not the only company pushing for a clock speed boost. AMD will also boost clock speeds with its upcoming Zen 4 series, with 5GHz or higher on all cores an obvious possibility. But will V-cache make its way to Zen 4 or will it come later?
We know that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s stacked cache delivers great gaming performance, so Intel thinks it needs to push the clock to its absolute limit to keep the gaming crown? Or maybe a similar increase in game performance with its own cache size increase? I can’t wait to find out the answers to these and all the other questions that come up when the new generation of CPUs are introduced.
Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake and AMD’s Zen 4 CPUs will go head to head in the second half of 2022.