AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs may have an advantage over Intel’s Raptor Lake DDR5 memory capacities, as 5200Mbps is “native” speeds for the 13th generation


AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs may have an advantage over Intel's Raptor Lake DDR5 memory capacities, as 5200Mbps is "native" speeds for the 13th generation

Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S desktop CPUs will launch around the same time as AMD’s Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs. Both platforms will be fully PCIe Gen 5.0 and DDR5 ready, but a new leaked spec sheet may indicate that the red team could have a slight advantage in memory support features over Intel’s 13th Gen platform.

Intel and AMD are gearing up for a brutal battle this fall, the Raptor Lake-S DDR5-5200 native specs are listed and could give Ryzen 7000 the edge

MiTAC, an industrial motherboard manufacturer, lists the native memory speeds supported by the upcoming 13th Gen Intel Alder Lake desktop CPUs in the specifications of its PH12ADI motherboard. According to the manufacturer, the Raptor Lake-S desktop CPUs get a DDR5-5200 boost over Alder Lake’s native DDR5-4800 speeds. Both CPUs also support the DDR4 memory standard, but in the future Intel and AMD will focus more on the newer DDR5 standard.

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Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S desktop CPUs were listed with native DDR5-5200 memory speed support. (Image credit: Momomo_US)

Previous reports have speculated a native DDR5-5600 speed for Intel’s Raptor Lake desktop CPU lineup, but it looks like DDR5-5200 is becoming the more believable scenario. This is an overall 8.3% increase over existing Alder Lake native memory speeds. But will it be enough to tackle AMD’s memory controller in the Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs, which is said to offer native speeds of up to DDR5-5600, which is another 8% increase?

Well, it looks like AMD ends up having an edge in the memory department based on what they’ve said so far and what we’ve seen as well. APACER revealed in a slide that the new Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” family will also feature native DDR5-5200 speeds, but rumor has it that actual speeds would be much faster and rated at DDR5-5600. Additionally, AMD is very confident about its EXPO (Ryzen Extended Profiles for Overclocking) technology and how it will really push DDR5 overclocking on the AM5 platform:

Our first DDR5 platform for gaming is our Raphael platform and one of the great things about Raphael is that we’re going to really try to make a splash with overclocking and I’ll just leave it at that, but speeds you might have thought of that they’re not possible may be possible, maybe possible with this overclocking specification.

Joseph Tao, Memory Enabling Manager at AMD

This is what the DDR5 platforms currently look like for 2022:

  • Intel Alder Lake – DDR5-4800 (native – confirmed)
  • Intel Raptor Lake – DDR5-5200 (native – expected)
  • AMD Ryzen 7000 – DDR5-5600 (native – expected)

As I said earlier, this fall we’re in for some really heated competition with 13th Gen Raptor Lake on Intel’s side and Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” on AMD’s side.

Comparison between Intel Raptor Lake and AMD Raphael desktop CPUs “expected”

CPU family AMD Raphael (RPL-X) Intel Raptor Lake (RPL-S)
process node TSMC5nm Intel7
Architecture Zen 4 (Chiplet) Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E core)
cores / threads Until 16/32 Until 24/32
Entire L3 cache 64MB 36MB
Entire L2 cache 16MB 32MB
total cache 80MB 68MB
Max. cycles (1T) ~5.5GHz ~5.8GHz
memory support DDR5 DDR5/DDR4
memory channels 2-channel (2DPC) 2-channel (2DPC)
memory speeds DDR5-5600 DDR5-5200
platform support 600 series (X670E/X670/B650/A620) 600 series (Z690/H670/B650/H610)
700 series (Z790/H770/B760)
PCIe Gen 5.0 Both GPU and M.2 (Extreme chipsets only) Both GPU and M.2 (700 series only)
Integrated graphics AMD RDNA 2 Intel Iris Xe
Power outlet AM5 (LGA 1718) LGA1700/1800
TDP (max) 170W (TDP)
230W (PPT)
125W (PL1)
240W+ (PL2)
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News source: Momomo_US

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