Intel Xeon W-3400 and W2400 HEDT ‘W790’ platform would be launched in Q4, 13th Gen Raptor Lake and W790 platform in October, followed by H770 and B660 in Q1 2023

A series of Intel HEDT Sapphire Rapids and Mainstream Raptor Lake-S processor rumors have been released by a reliable leaker, Enthusiastic citizen at Bilibili. Rumors detail launch dates and accompanying platforms for next-gen processor lines.

Intel HEDT Sapphire Rapids Xeon W-3400 and W-2400 processors in Q4 2022, 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S desktop processors in October 2022

We’ve known for a while now that Intel is working on its all-new desktop processor lineup for 2022, which includes both HEDT and mainstream components. The Intel HEDT family will include all-new Sapphire Rapids chips that will carry the Xeon W-3400 and Xeon W-2400 SKU branding, while the mainstream family will include 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S processors. Now, we have detailed the two families here and here, respectively.

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The Intel HEDT lineup will support a W790 platform which is codenamed “Fishhawk Falls” and will support a range of chips from consumer HEDTs to high-end HEDT parts. The 13th Gen Raptor Lake desktop processors, meanwhile, will support the new 700-series board platform while remaining compatible with existing 600-series motherboards.

Intel Sapphire Rapids HEDT Desktop Processor Family

So, starting with the HEDT line, the Intel Sapphire Rapids family will include up to 24 cores for the mainstream HEDT and up to 56 cores for the premium family. All of these chips will feature a singular Golden Cove core architecture and will not benefit from hybrid P-Core/E-Core processing like mainstream desktop SKUs. You can expect the mainstream family to feature fewer DDR5 memory channels, PCIe lanes, and I/O compared to the premium family.

The latest 4th Gen Sapphire Rapids-SP Xeon processor with its multi-chip design hosting Compute & HBM2e tiles. (Image credit: CNET)

Intel ‘Expert’ Sapphire Rapids HEDT Processors ‘Expected Features’:

  • Up to 56 cores / 112 threads
  • LGA 4677 socket support (dual-socket motherboards possible)
  • 112 PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes
  • 8-channel DDR5 memory (up to 4TB)

Features expected from Intel’s “mainstream” HEDT Sapphire Rapids processors:

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  • Up to 24 cores / 48 threads
  • Boost clocks up to 5.2 GHz
  • Up to 4.6GHz All-Core Boost
  • LGA 4677 socket support
  • 64 PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes
  • 4-channel DDR5 memory (up to 512 GB)

Rumor has it that Intel has delayed the launch of its Sapphire Rapids HEDT family to Q4 with a high likelihood of an October launch. Both processor segments will be supported on the new W790 powered platform.

Intel HEDT processor families:

Intel’s HEDT Family Sapphire Rapids-X? (Sapphire Rapids expert) Alder Lake-X? (Sapphire Rapids Mainstream) Lake Cascade-X Skylake-X Skylake-X Skylake-X Broadwell-E Haswell-E Ivy Bridge-E Sandy Bridge-E Gulftown
Process node 10nm ESF 10nm ESF 14nm++ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm 22nm 22nm 32nm 32nm
Flagship SKU To be determined To be determined Core i9-10980XE Xeon W-3175X Core i9-9980XE Core i9-7980XE Core i7-6950X Core i7-5960X Core i7-4960X Core i7-3960X Core i7-980X
Maximum number of cores/threads 56/112? 24/48 18/36 28/56 18/36 18/36 10/20 8/16 6/12 6/12 6/12
Clock speeds ~4.5GHz ~5.0GHz 3.00/4.80GHz 3.10/4.30GHz 3.00/4.50GHz 2.60/4.20GHz 3.00/3.50GHz 3.00/3.50GHz 3.60/4.00GHz 3.30/3.90GHz 3.33/3.60GHz
Max Cache 105 MB L3 45 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 25 MB L3 20 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3 12 MB L3
Maximum number of PCI-Express lanes (CPU) 112 Gen 5 65 Gen 5 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen2 32 Gen2
Chipset compatibility W790? W790? X299 C612E X299 X299 X99 chipset X99 chipset X79 chipset X79 chipset X58 chipset
Socket compatibility LGA 4677? LGA 4677? LGA 2066 LGA 3647 LGA 2066 LGA 2066 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011 LGA 2011 LGA 1366
Memory compatibility DDR5-4800? DDR5-5200? DDR4-2933 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2800 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2133 DDR3-1866 DDR3-1600 DDR3-1066
Max TDP ~500W ~400W 165W 255W 165W 165W 140W 140W 130W 130W 130W
Launch Q4 2022? Q4 2022? Q4 2019 Q4 2018 Q4 2018 Q3 2017 Q2 2016 Q3 2014 Q3 2013 Q4 2011 Q1 2010
Introductory price To be determined To be determined US$979 ~US$4,000 US$1979 US$1999 US$1700 US$1059 US$999 US$999 US$999

Intel Raptor Lake Consumer Desktop Processor Family

The 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake-S desktop processors will retain a hybrid design on the “Intel 7” process node. P-Cores will be upgraded to the new Raptor Cove architecture while E-Cores will see slight improvements in cache while Global Cores will also see an increase. The maximum number of cores was leaked as a 24-core, 32-lead part (8 P-cores + 16 E-cores). TDPs will be around the same limit as existing parts and clocks are rumored to hit 5.8GHz. Once again, cache will see a major boost.

Expected Features of 13th Generation Intel Raptor Lake Desktop Processors:

  • Up to 24 cores and 32 threads
  • New Raptor Cove CPU Cores (Higher P-Core IPC)
  • Based on 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ process node
  • Supported on existing LGA 1700 motherboards
  • DDR5-5600 dual channel memory support
  • 20 PCIe Gen 5 lanes
  • Improved overclocking functions
  • 125W PL1 TDP (flagship references)

Now, for the platform itself, Intel’s Raptor Lake-S desktop processors will come with support for DDR5 and DDR4 memory, giving them a major edge over the platform. AM5 only DDR5 from AMD. Another advantage for Intel is that they will have compatibility enabled on the 600 series motherboards (Z690/H670/B650 and H610) as well as the new 700 series chipsets (Z790/H770/B760). The 13th Gen Z790 and Raptor Lake desktop processors are slated to launch in October, along with the HEDT line of processors and Z790 motherboards.

The mainstream H770 and B760 chipsets will be launched by Q1 2023, but the H710 will not be produced as the H610 will be continued for low-level PC segments. The new 700 series motherboards are also rumored to support DDR4 and we may also see PCIe Gen 5.0 M.2 slots on the new line which will compete with AMD’s own AM5 platform which has Gen 5 for M.2 and dGPU.

Intel Raptor Lake vs AMD Raphael “Planned” Desktop CPU Comparison

Processor family AMD Raphael (RPL-X) Intel Raptor Lake (RPL-S)
Process node TSMC 5nm Intel 7
Architecture Zen 4 (Chiplet) Raptor Cove (P-core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
Cores / Threads Until 16/32 Up to 24/32
Total L3 Cache 64 MB 36 MB
Total L2 Cache 16 MB 32 MB
Full Cache 80 MB 68 MB
Maximum clocks (1T) ~5.8GHz ~5.8GHz
Memory support DDR5 DDR5/DDR4
Memory channels 2 channels (2DPC) 2 channels (2DPC)
Memory speeds DDR5-5600 DDR5-5200
Platform support 600 series (X670E/X670/B650/A620) 600 series (Z690/H670/B650/H610)
700 Series (Z790/H770/B760)
PCIe generation 5.0 GPU and M.2 (Extreme chipsets only) GPU and M.2 (700 series only)
Integrated graphics AMD RDNA 2 Intel Iris Xe
Socket AM5 (LGA 1718) LGA 1700/1800
TDP (max) 170W (TDP)
230W (PPT)
125W (PL1)
240W+ (PL2)
Launch 2H 2022 2H 2022

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