Intel’s flagship Raptor Lake can offer a special ‘extreme performance’ mode that actually boosts the power supplied to the CPU to deliver a considerable framerate boost.
This rumor comes from a Hungarian tech site, ProHardver (opens in new tab)as verified by VideoCardz (opens in new tab), then we would take this with more spice than is normally applied; but confirms what we’ve heard from rumors elsewhere (we’ll come back to that point later).
ProHardver claims that the performance mode will up the ante on power usage to 350W with the Core i9-13900K, while the default PL2 (maximum power consumption) is set at 253W. So, theoretically, it would represent a huge leap in the top tier of power supplied to the CPU on the order of almost 40%.
Now it should be easy to enable this mode, we’re told, and literally a case of pushing a button – at least to turn it on, but in order for it to work in the first place, there are a few requirements the PC must meet to get the boost up to 15% at frame rates the mode is supposed to provide.
So, about these requirements: mode only (theoretically) will be possible on some Intel 700 series motherboards (Raptor Lake), i.e. premium mobos that are built with high quality components to guarantee this performance while maintaining stability. In addition, you will need a seriously good cooling solution to keep the thermal demands of pushing the 13900K to around 350W under control, but again, that shouldn’t be surprising.
Analysis: Looking at the bigger picture
First, let’s not forget that we’ve already seen sample chips for Raptor Lake pushed to reach high power limits close to 350W. And, of course, it’s possible to boost existing Alder Lake Core i9 parts to much higher power usage levels through manual tuning (using Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility), if you have a setup that handles that. The difference with Raptor Lake is that Team Blue can make it much easier to do so if that official performance mode actually exists.
Do enthusiasts who are going to shell out for high-end motherboards and extreme cooling solutions really need it? Well, we understand that more casual users probably won’t go that route anyway, but it doesn’t hurt to make things easier and more convenient – and besides, it points more broadly to something else.
Namely, the rumors we’ve already heard that there really is a lot more room for Raptor Lake to be supercharged to higher performance levels, and it will be less difficult to make significant gains from the 13th-gen chips compared to the current Alder Lake silicon (where has been a case of diminishing returns when looking at more extreme overclocking).
Of course, we’re still only looking at (up to) 15% better performance over the best part of a 40% increase in wattage – or so the website claims – which might not balance out very well, especially considering that power demands the CPUs are becoming a more sensitive issue as utility bills soar (and the situation threatens to worsen to a worrying degree as time goes on). But the extra 15% for framerates in some scenarios is definitely a worthwhile increase, and the kind of PC owners who buy just-released Core i9 flagships with beefy coolers on high-end gear probably won’t worry too much about this. energy bills.
We need to watch that space for sure, but the general indication that Raptor Lake will represent considerable progress for overclockers compared to Alder Lake is a theme that seems to be getting stronger as the launch of 13th-gen processors approaches. We expect to see Raptor Lake revealed in late September, with the CPUs available for purchase sometime in October – or at least that’s what the rumors would have us believe.