The rumored factory is currently overdriving. Whether it’s a CPU, GPU, or motherboard, the 2022 back end is certainly shaped to be an absolute mega for PC enthusiasts.
Intel is preparing to launch the 13th Generation Raptor Lake CPU Series and its accompanying 700 Series Motherboards. Based on the LGA 1700 platform, backwards compatible with 600 series boards (Opens in a new tab)As far as features are concerned, I have a good idea of what to expect. However, despite the platforms that support PCI Express 5.0, it is less certain that 700 series motherboards will support PCIe 5.0 M.2 drives.
According to a photo leaked from a presentation at an Intel NAS workshop in China (via) @ 9550pro (Opens in a new tab)When Videocardz (Opens in a new tab)), 700 series motherboards do not have a PCIe 5.0 lane dedicated to M.2 drives. The problem overview states that there are 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes (usually assigned to the primary x16 slot for use with the GPU) and 4 more PCIe 4.0 lanes for the M.2 drive. .. The x8 DMI lane connects the CPU to the chipset. Overall, PCIe complements are the same as those offered by the Z690 platform.
It can conflict with another leak from Moore’s Law is dead (Opens in a new tab).. Or is it so? There is no reason why motherboard manufacturers can’t split 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes. 8 for GPU and 2×4 for M.2 slot pairs. This means that the x8 PCIe 5.0 slot is equivalent to the x16 PCIe 4.0 slot, and the next-generation flagship card shouldn’t have a noticeable impact on GPU performance, but it’s ideal for high-end boards. Looks like it doesn’t.
The same slide also states that the 700 Series platform officially supports DDR5-5600, an additional USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port, and Thunderbolt 4. Interestingly, Intel’s Optane SSD storage technology isn’t working at the consumer level, but it will continue to be supported. (Opens in a new tab)..
Some SKUs have also been found to have a large number of cores and increased L2 and L3 cache sizes. (Opens in a new tab).. The latter certainly helps improve game performance as it does with AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Raptor Lake looks more like an evolutionary upgrade than an innovative one, but let’s see how the additional cache and core count will affect it, not to mention the rumored increase in frequency. It’s interesting to do. (Opens in a new tab).. The 13th generation CPU will debut in the coming months. It competes with AMD’s Zen4 CPU and the 600 Series platform, which will be launched at about the same time.