Intel’s Raptor Lake processors could proceed auction on October 20, according to the latest rumor regarding the launch schedule of the 13th-gen products.
This comes from @wxnod, a leaker on Twitter we’ve heard from before, but non one of the more than regular sources – so take some hefty seasoning with this, although the rumor is based on something concrete: a photo of a slide from a purported Intel presentation (outset spotted by VideoCardz
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If it’s genuine, the shown Raptor Lake GTM (Go to Market) roadmap indicates that 13th-gen CPUs will be revealed on September 27, before the silicon hits shelves starting from October 20.
The slide shows that pre-orders for the flagship Core i9-13900K volition kicking off on the twenty-four hours that the processors are revealed, with 13700K and 13600K pre-orders starting later, a calendar week before the on-sale date for Raptor Lake fries, meaning Oct 13. Those will be the initial trio of 13th-gen CPUs to come up out, with other models to follow afterwards (including cheaper non-K processors).
Analysis: A instance of good timing for AMD, in more than ways than ane?
This is pretty much in line with what we’d already heard from the grapevine, albeit the last rumor pointed to a September 28 unveiling, not September 27. Either way, the expectation is that Raptor Lake will announced at Intel’s Innovation event, on either of those 2 days that the developer briefing runs over – although the first day makes more sense to united states (afterwards all, a new generation of desktop processors is a big thing, and then you’d imagine information technology’d have upfront positioning).
That previous rumor floated an on-auction engagement of October 17, so again, this new October 20 date isn’t far off at all. Consistency of rumors like this is generally a good sign, of course, that these things will turn out to exist on, or at to the lowest degree near, the mark. So the broad expectation is Raptor Lake going on sale mid-to-late October.
We now know from AMD’s launch of Ryzen 7000 CPUs yesterday that these fries volition exist on sale on September 27 – coincidentally (ahem), the same day every bit the Raptor Lake reveal (interesting timing indeed). This looks similar a bit of anticipated thunder-stealing from Team Red, and means that Intel’due south Raptor Lake products will exist out just over iii weeks after Zen iv, in theory.
That’s a fair head-start for AMD to handbag a good amount of next-gen sales and tempt folks over to the Ryzen side, with some compelling reasons to do so bated from earlier availability. Namely that the value proposition of the initial batch of Zen 4 processors looks strong, as higher-end models didn’t turn out to be pricier than Ryzen 5000, in the cease, as some speculation suggested. Furthermore, rumor has it at that place will exist plentiful stock of Ryzen 7000 chips, and that should hopefully put paid to any scalping-related price hiking, which is often something that blights a new product launch similar this.
AMD is also releasing Zen 4 on a new AM5 platform, which means more future-proofing than Intel Raptor Lake, which volition be the last incarnation of Squad Blue’s silicon on the current CPU socket.
It looks like Intel has its work cut out in a number of ways, then, specially as the chip giant is looking to notch up its pricing across a range of fries, and that may include Raptor Lake processors – with early on retail toll leaks certainly hinting at that. However, we can hardly depict any conclusions on the cost front yet, but hiking toll tags seems similar a prospect Intel tin can ill afford, really, due to all the to a higher place reasons.