6 GHz straight out of the box, without waking up or overclocking

Intel Core processor 6 GHz performance

At least one of the upcoming 13th generation Intel Core processors will be able to run at 6 GHz right out of the box, Tom’s Hardware reports. The details were shared in a slide at Intel’s 2022 presentation, which by the way confirms earlier rumors that it will be able to reach 8 GHz under overclocking conditions. Other improvements promised for the new generation of Raptor Lake-S processors include a 15% improvement in single-core performance and a 41% improvement in multi-core performance.

Intel’s claim of 6 GHz is actually a shot in the direction of the competition, as AMD recently said that its upcoming 16-core “flagship” Ryzen 9 7950X will be capable of up to 5.7 GHz. Although frequency is not the most important when it comes to CPU performance, breaking the 6GHz barrier would be an important marketing victory for Intel, which has been battling AMD for the supremacy of the desktop PC technology leader in recent years.


Intel Raptor Lake-S has yet to be officially unveiled, so it remains unclear which models will be capable of reaching such a high operating frequency. It is assumed that it will be a special series of Core i9 13900X chips. Official information on the prices and release date of the new series of Intel Core 13th generation processors has not been published yet. This is expected to be done at an event taking place on September 27 in San Jose, California. Interestingly, the date coincides with when AMD releases its Ryzen 7000 series of processors.