ASUS Announces 600 Series Motherboards Support Intel Raptor Lake

Taipei, Taiwan, July 9th, 2022 — ASUS today announced BIOS support and updates readying a range of motherboards for a new wave of Intel CPUs. ASUS provides convenient tools to update the BIOS — BIOS Flashback and EZ Flashi . The design of BIOS Flashback allows users to update the BIOS without entering the BIOS screen, and the ASUS EZ Flash 3 program allows them to easily update the BIOS version without entering the Windows operating system. ASUS 600-series motherboards will receive support for these new CPUs according to the chart below.

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Intel Raptor Lake Core i9-13900 ES Benchmarked

The Core i9-13900 Raptor Lake CPU carries 16 MB of L2 cache for the P-Cores (2 MB per core) and 16 MB of L2 cache for the E-cores too (4MB per cluster of 4 cores). This gives us a total of 32 MB of L2 cache which combined with the L3 cache will offer us a total of 68 MB of cache which is rumored to be labeled as ‘Game Cache’.

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AMD Considering AM4 Compatible Zen 4 Chips?

All things considered, AMD has already announced that Zen 4 CPUs, either Ryzen or EPYC, will only feature support for DDR5 memory so this means that there’s no DDR4 IMC on the Zen 4 core. If the red team was to bring Zen 4 on the existing AM4 motherboards, then it would have to make special variants of the chip that house the necessary DDR4 IMC as AM4 is an all-DDR4 platform.

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SiSoftware’s Intel Raptor Lake (i9-13900) Performance Preview

“AlderLake” ADL was meant to be designed for efficiency – this was the very point of the hybrid “big.LITTLE” architecture – that despite the huge changes required for software support – at least in the Windows x86 world – it would be worth it. While the performance was good (despite the loss of AVX512 vs. RKL/TGL/ICL) the (turbo) power required reached new levels which brought power efficiency down.

“RaptorLake” RPL brings slightly updated big Cores and 2x more Little Atom cores in order to improve power efficiency – that also improves raw performance due to higher/longer turbo headroom due to lower power and lower thermals. For laptop/tablet platforms this will help tremendously – but for desktops and (low-end) workstations/servers – more compute power would have been preferred.

Windows 11 (22H2) is now more mature and a lot of software (like Sandra) had time to update and optimise – thus in effect RPL will perform better due to updated software ecosystem. Firmware, BIOS, etc. are also updated and likely helping overall performance.

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Intel 4 Process Node In Detail @ AnandTech / TH

Taking place this week is the IEEE’s annual VLSI Symposium, one of the industry’s major events for disclosing and discussing new chip manufacturing techniques. One of the most anticipated presentations scheduled this year is from Intel, who is at the show to outline the physical and performance characteristics of their upcoming Intel 4 process, which will be used for products set to be released in 2023. The development of the Intel 4 process represents a critical milestone for Intel, as it’s the first Intel process to incorporate EUV, and it’s the first process to move past their troubled 10nm node – making it Intel’s first chance to get back on track to re-attaining fab supremacy.

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Intel Meteor Lake – New Motherboards Needed?

According to renowned hardware leaker Moore’s Law is Dead, Intel Meteor Lake CPUs may ditch LGA 1700, which suggests Raptor Lake will be the last generation to support the socket. While the new design is supposedly only slightly larger than LGA 1700 in terms of footprint, it’ll potentially include 50% more pins than the current-gen standard.

MLID claims Meteor Lake uses an LGA 2551 socket, but an additional Benchlife leak clarifies that it’s actually LGA 1851 (via Videocardz). The insider info suggests that the 2551-pin version could be a BGA variant, but says it’ll likely not be used for desktop products.

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AMD Zen 4 & Socket AM5 Explained – TechPowerUp

The new Zen 4 Ryzen processors will have eight general purpose lanes, of which at least four will be required to be dedicated to an M.2 storage slot (always Gen 5). The other four lanes are up to the motherboard manufacturers. Some boards will use these to implement Thunderbolt 4 (Intel Maple Ridge JHL8540) or USB4 (ASMedia ASM4242). If none of these options are used, these lanes can go towards an additional M.2 slot.

With integrated graphics becoming standard on Zen 4, the first generation of AM5 processors will offer four dedicated display outputs, with HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 being supported, but neither being required as far as we understand. There are also four USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports and at least one USB 2.0 port coming from the processor. Three of the USB 3.2 ports also support DP Alt Mode, something we’ve seen several announced boards supporting on at least one USB-C port. This seems to be up to the motherboard manufacturers to implement once again.

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AMD’s Socket AM4 Platform – Living On

AMD’s AM4 platform has profited both AMD and the company’s client base over the last five years. Yesterday evening, or this morning or afternoon, depending on your timezone, the company revealed the new AM5 platform and the company’s roadmap for the following number of years. However, what will happen to the popular AMD AM4 technology, such as the currently released Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor? Will the company offer further support? Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, has given hope to those satisfied with their AM4 processors and may have given a glimmer of hope for new designs to continue manufacturing.

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Intel Alder Lake DDR5 Memory Scaling @ AnandTech

One of the most agonizing elements of Intel’s launch of its latest 12th generation Alder Lake desktop processors is its support of both DDR5 and DDR4 memory. Motherboards are either one or the other, while we wait for DDR5 to take hold in the market. While DDR4 memory isn’t new to us, DDR5 memory is, and as a result, we’ve been reporting on the release of DDR5 since last year. Now that DDR5 is here, albeit difficult to obtain, we know from our Core i9-12900K review that DDR5 performs better at baseline settings when compared to DDR4.

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Intel Core i7-12700K vs AMD Ryzen 9 5900X – Tom’s Hardware

The 12700K goes toe-to-toe with the 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 5600X that has long been the favorite for enthusiasts because of its incredible blend of pricing and performance. These chips come with 65W and 105W TDP ratings, respectively, 32MB of L3 cache, and have only high-performance cores. Both chips support DDR4-3200 memory and the PCIe 4.0 interface.

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