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Intel confirms Raptor Lake-S platform, likely launching in 2022

As we've known for some time now, Intel is planning to launch its 12th Gen Core series “Alder Lake” processors in late 2021. The follow-up won't be too far behind, with Intel confirming the Raptor Lake-S platform, which will presumably launch as the 13th Gen Core series in 2022. 

Intel updated its repository website yesterday, revealing new details about its upcoming Intel Xe DG2 GPUs. After some additional digging around by @momomo_us, the website also contains files confirming Raptor Lake S as the successor to Alder Lake. While the files can't be opened by the public, the descriptions do reveal some small additional details. For instance, the file titled “Alder Lake S and Raptor Lake S compatibility guidance technical advisory” suggests that Raptor Lake-S will be based on the LGA 1700 socket.

Besides this file, there are at least another four files mentioning Raptor Lake-S, including a Q4 2020 roadmap for storage interfaces. Raptor Lake-S is expected to be the successor of Alder Lake S, supporting LPDDR5X/DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0. Available for mobile and desktop platforms, it's also expected that Raptor Lake-S will be based on the 10nm process node and bring numerous improvements over Alder Lake-S, including improved CPU cache and changes to the CPU cores.

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KitGuru says: Given that Raptor Lake S isn't due until 2022, these processors will likely compete with AMD's Zen 4 processors. Will you be planning to upgrade when Alder Lake launches? Or will you be waiting to see what AMD and Intel bring to the table in 2022 with Raptor Lake and Zen 4?

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