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Intel ‘Raptor Lake-S’ line-up to feature SKUs with up to 24 cores

The Intel ‘Alder Lake-S’ series isn’t even out yet, but the line-up of its successor has already leaked. Like Alder Lake, Raptor Lake will also feature a hybrid architecture with big and small cores, but instead of maxing out at 16x cores (8x small and 8x big), Raptor Lake-S SKUs will feature up to 24x cores (16x small and 8x big).

The report comes from AdoredTV, which posted a video detailing the Raptor Lake-S line-up, which will reportedly feature 19x SKUs featuring “big” Golden Cove cores and “small” Raptor Cove cores.

Starting with the Raptor Lake-S Pentium series, there will be two SKUs with 2x cores and 4x threads, with one featuring a 35W TDP and the other a 65W TDP. The Core i3 series will feature two SKUs with 4x cores, 8x threads, and a 35W TDP, and another two SKUs with the same core configuration and a 65W TDP.

Looking at the Core i5 processors, this series will feature seven SKUs across the three TDP segments. Three of them come in the 35W segment and another three in the 65W. Both the 35W and 65W chips will come with either 10x cores (6x big and 4x small) or 14x cores (6x big and 8x small). Moreover, there’s a 125W TDP Core i5 processor with 14x cores (6x big and 8x small).

The Core i7 series will have three SKUs perfectly distributed across the three TDP segments. All of them come with 16x cores (8x big and 8x small). Lastly, the Core i9 also comes with three SKUs on all three segments, each featuring 24x cores (8x big and 16x small).

You can take a look at the following table to see the leaked specifications of all the Raptor Lake-S SKUs (no names are known for now):

Series Big (Golden Cove) cores/threads Small (Raptor Cove) cores  Total cores/threads Cache iGPU TDP
Pentium 2/4 0 2/4 6MB 16EUs 35W
2/4 0 2/4 6MB 16EUs 65W
Core i3 4/8 0 4/8 12MB 32EUs 35W
4/8 0 4/8 12MB 32EUs 35W
4/8 0 4/8 12MB 32EUs 65W
4/8 0 4/8 12MB 32EUs 65W
Core i5 6/12 4 10/16 21MB 32EUs 35W
6/12 8 14/20 24MB 32EUs 35W
6/12 8 14/20 24MB 32EUs 35W
6/12 4 10/16 21MB 32EUs 65W
6/12 8 14/20 24MB 32EUs 65W
6/12 8 14/20 24MB 32EUs 65W
6/12 8 14/20 24MB 32EUs 125W
Core i7 8/16 8 16/24 30MB 32EUs 35W
8/16 8 16/24 30MB 32EUs 65W
8/16 8 16/24 30MB 32EUs 125W
Core i9 8/16 16 16/32 36MB 32EUs 35W
8/16 16 16/32 36MB 32EUs 65W
8/16 16 16/32 36MB 32EUs 125W

Other improvements expected to come with Raptor Lake-S include an IPC increase alongside an operating frequency increase and better DDR5 memory support, allowing users to mount it alongside DDR5-5600 memory kits. Expect to see the first Raptor Lake-S CPUs hitting the market in late 2022.

KitGuru says: If all of this is accurate, then we could see a good performance bump moving from Alder Lake to Raptor Lake. 

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