How to watch Intel’s 13th-gen Raptor Lake launch

The upcoming CPU showdown between Intel and AMD is looming as Intel is rumored to be announcing its next-gen Raptor Lake CPUs in just a few days. Here’s how you can watch Intel’s event live and what to expect.

Here’s how to watch the launch of 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake

Pat Gelsinger

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger will join the company’s CTO, Greg Lavender, and Landing AI’s CEO, Dr. Andrew Ng delivering the Intel Innovation 2022 keynote. The presentation will begin streaming Tuesday, September 27 at 9:00 am PT on Intel’s own Innovation 2022 website.

While the focus of Innovation 2022 is Tuesday’s keynote, there are other parts of the show to watch as well. There is another keynote on Wednesday September 28th given by Lavender and then another keynote by Ng. The presentations on both days also have a pre and post show, each lasting half an hour. We’re expecting the most interesting announcements to come on Tuesday, and while we’re not exactly sure what might be announced on Wednesday, it might not be particularly exciting.

There are also developer sessions, workshops and labs for those who have registered for the in-person event. However, you do not need to register to watch the stream.

What to expect from the launch of 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake

A Core i9-12900KS processor sits on its box.
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Intel will almost certainly unveil its highly anticipated 13th Gen CPUs based on Raptor Lake, although it’s important to note that Intel hasn’t confirmed that we’ll be seeing Raptor Lake during the presentation. Intel hasn’t talked much about Raptor Lake this year other than confirming that it would be at least 10% faster than the 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs and that it would be available later this year.

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That being said, thanks to a plethora of leaks, we can probably guess what these CPUs might look like. Intel even revealed the main specifications of three 13th 13600K CPUs.

The biggest change we’re seeing in this generation is the core numbers. Leaks say Intel is adding plenty of extra efficiency cores (or E-cores) to its CPUs, which can help with multithreaded workloads, but not much else. To improve both single-threaded performance and multi-threaded performance, Intel is also said to be increasing clock speeds to the point where we can even see 6GHz on overclocked chips.

We also expect Raptor Lake CPUs to have more L2 and L3 cache than 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs, which is generally helpful for boosting performance, especially in games.

Ryzen 7000 (which happens to be launching on September 27th) is Intel’s main competitor, and the prospects for the blue team aren’t looking good. Don’t count out the 13th generation just yet, though; Intel can certainly get by with what it’s got, even if that means the 13th gen won’t be a power-efficiency champion.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger smiles and looks at an Arc A770 chip.
Image: Twitter/Pat Gelsinger

It’s also possible that we’ll see the official launch for Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPUs, which have taken an incredibly long time to launch after their reveal a few months ago. Intel already announced the specifications of its planned Arc series earlier this month; The only thing we don’t know about these GPUs is the launch date.

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