Raphael vs Raptors: Performance comes at a cost

The new Processor series of AMD and Intel are almost here. And I say almost, because Intel’s line is expected to launch at October 20. Performance seems quite interesting from both companies’ offers. But also performance comes at a cost. Yes, this is not a typo. Cost not price. Both Team Red and Team Blue, have high power needs. Intel with 11th and 12th Gen showed that, but now AMD follows the same model. Noone can say that performance, even with these power consumption’s numbers, isn’t welcome, but still is something heavily considered. Feels like we should forget the lower-TDP Era. And this is really disappointing to me. Especially, because of the recent Energy Crisis, above our heads.

Anyway, new releases are new releases and newer Tech products are always good news. So, in this article I will reveal as quick and simple as I can, what we know about them.

Team Red

AMD launched at September 27, their new codenamed “Raphael” Processors. Performance is impressive and a level-up of their current generation’s products. But also impressive is the power consumption and thermal needs. 95° C, according to AMD, is now normal and safe. I don’t know how I should feel about that. The new Architecture is about 13 to even an impressive 48% better than the previous Gen CPUs in Gaming, Productivity, general gains and improvement.

AMD Zen4 at a glance:

  • Architecture: Zen4
  • Socket: AM5 (LGA1718). AMD left behind PGA from now on.
  • Codename: Raphael.
  • Only DDR5 support.
  • PCIe 5.0 support.
  • iGPU in all currently launched models. RDNA2 Graphics Engine.
  • No CPU Cooler included in all currently launched models. With 95° C, third party solutions are preferable, to be honest.
  • TSMC N5, 5nm process node (CCD).
  • TSMC 6nm I/O Die (IOD).
  • Release Date: September 27, 2022.

Raphael Processors:

Ryzen 9 7950X:

Price: 699$

Cores/Threads: 16/32

Base/Boost Clock: 4.5/5.7

Cache (L2/L3): 80MB (16+64)

TDP/PBP/MTP: 170/230W

Ryzen 9 7900X:

Price: 549$

Cores/Threads: 12/24

Base/Boost Clock: 4.7/5.6

Cache (L2/L3): 76MB (12+64)

TDP/PBP/MTP: 170/230W

Ryzen 7 7700X:

Price: 399$

Cores/Threads: 8/16

Base/Boost Clock: 4.5/5.4

Cache (L2/L3): 40MB (8+32)


Ryzen 5 7600X:

Price: 299$

Cores/Threads: 6/12

Base/Boost Clock: 4.7/5.3

Cache (L2/L3): 38MB (6+32)


Team Blue

Intel is expected to launch their “Raptors Lake” line-up at October 20, 2022. Unfortunately, power consumption is sky-high and for Intel’s 13th Gen. The main difference is that Intel had already got us used to it. A big relief? No, of course not. The Raptors are rumoured to be about 10 to even 40% better than the previous Gen CPUs in Gaming, Productivity, general gains and improvement.

13th Gen at a glance:

  • Codename: Raptors Lake.
  • Socket: LGA1700.
  • Process Node: Intel7 (10nm).
  • iGPU: UHD Graphics 770.
  • PCIe 5.0 support.
  • DDR5 and DDR4 support.
  • No CPU Cooler included in all current products.
  • Release Date: October 20, 2022.

Raptors Lake Processors:

Core i9 13900K/KF:

Price: TBA

Cores/Threads: 24 (8P+16E)/32

Base/Boost Clock: 3.0/5.8

Cache (L2/L3): 64MB (32+32)

TDP/PBP/MTP: 125/253W

Core i7 13700K/KF:

Price: TBA

Cores/Threads: 16 (8P+8E)/24

Base/Boost Clock: 3.4/5.4

Cache (L2/L3): 54MB (24+30)

TDP/PBP/MTP: 125/253W

Core i5 13600K/KF

Price: TBA

Cores/Threads: 14 (6P+8E)/20

Base/Boost Clock: 3.5/5.1

Cache (L2/L3): 44MB (20+24)

TDP/PBP/MTP: 125/181W

Core i5 13400/F

Price: TBA

Cores/Threads: 10 (6P+4E)/16

Base/Boost Clock: 3.4/TBA

Cache (L2/L3): 24MB


Core i5 13100

Price: TBA

Cores/Threads: 4/8

Base/Boost Clock: TBA

Cache (L2/L3): 12MB


To Sumup

The new Intel and Amd Processors’ line-up are finally almost here. Although there are some power caveats, that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve our attention. Good news are that both Teams are now on par for the Performance Crown. Could be better? Yes, they could, but the future seems promising.

But what is your opinion? Do you think that the new CPUs worth our time and money? Are you planning to upgrade anytime soon? Do you have something to add?

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