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Intel introduced the 13th-gen Intel Core i9-13900KS. According to the chipmaker, it’s the first desktop processor with a 6GHz clock speed.

Intel explains that the clock speed was achieved by applying Thermal Velocity Boost and Adaptive Boost Technology. The first technology helps accelerate the clock speed by up to 100MHz when operating below certain temperatures. The second technology increases performance when two or more cores are active.

Raptor Lake

The 13th-gen Intel Core i9-13900KS is based on Intel’s Raptor Lake architecture, an improved version of the chipmaker’s 7-nanometer process. Raptor Lake processors feature two sets of cores, one for performance and the other for power efficiency.

The Intel Core i9-13900KS features a total of 24 cores with up to 32 threads. Eight of the cores are based on the Raptor Cove chip design, which excels at running workloads that require high processing power.

Eighteen of the cores trade off performance for power efficiency. These cores are based on the Gracemont chip design, which features additional cache for streamlining data processes.

One of many

Intel expects the new processor to be popular with gamers. The clock speed is promising for gaming desktop performance.

During CES 2023, Intel debuted various processors based on its Raptor Lake architecture, including the Intel Core i9-13980HX with 24 cores and a clock speed of 5.6GHz.

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