Intel promised that Raptor Lake will be overclocked to 8
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Intel promised that Raptor Lake will be overclocked to 8 GHz and its nominal frequency will reach 6 GHz

This month, Intel hosted the Intel Technology Tour Israel press event, where local office staff showcased their achievements in the development of past and future generation CPUs. The Raptor Lake family is the brainchild of Intel’s Israeli engineers, and they proudly declared that these processors are capable of conquering the 8 GHz frequency threshold when overclocked.

    Image source: Intel, Toms Hardware

Image source: Intel, Toms Hardware

The figure may seem impressive to an inexperienced layman, but one should not forget that such experiments are usually carried out using liquid nitrogen to cool processors, and in the specified frequency mode one cannot count on a serious payload. In addition, when the record frequency is reached, not all of the processor’s cores are usually active. Also, the progress of the Raptor Lake family, based on reaching 8 GHz on liquid nitrogen, is not so great – at least the overclocking statistics of the Intel Core i9-12900KS processor contain indications of reaching the frequency 7.8GHz in June of this year with eight cores and eight active threads. It turns out that the successor was able to surpass this result by 200 MHz.

Of course, it is not a fact that everything will be limited to 8 GHz, because practice shows the ability of individual processors of the new family to further improve the results of extreme overclocking compared to debut experiments, which usually involve the use of early technology samples. Even on the scale of Intel processor history, the 8 GHz milestone is not unique, as Cedar Mill generation Celeron D processors once conquered the milestone 8.5GHzalthough they were made using the “mature” 65nm technology.

On the way, representative Tom’s hardware Note that Raptor Lake processors will be able to dynamically boost frequencies up to 6.0 GHz when using standard cooling systems. This is 500 MHz higher than the standard frequency limit of the Core i9-12900KS processor, which is considered the flagship of the Alder Lake range. However, the slides from Intel’s presentation that were made public the day before only mention 5.8 GHz as the cut-off frequency of Raptor Lake. Maybe a nice 6.0 GHz for one or two active cores will be achieved in a special operating mode.

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