Intel in 2022: the year of review

How did Intel succeed in 2022? In many ways, this has been a bumpy year for the Blue Team. Let’s get straight to the point and take a closer look at where Intel has made good progress this year and where things are more or less off the beaten track.

Raptors free

In early 2022, Intel made progress in reclaiming desktop market share from AMD with strong Alder Lake processor sales, followed strongly by the launch of new 13th generation CPUs later in the year.

Intel released its Raptor Lake processors in October 2022, or at least the first batch of desktop CPUs led by its flagship Core i9-13900K. And while this was ‘just’ a refresh of Alder Lake on paper, the 13th-gen newcomers added a lot of morale to the mix, in addition to Intel’s 12th-gen. Raptor Lake was packed with a lot more efficiency cores, increased the cache, and performance overall got a decent boost over Alder Lake.

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The flagship 13900K surprised us, especially in terms of multi-core performance, and while it’s power-hungry and clearly not cheap, it’s a seriously decent heavyweight chip. Further down the Raptor Lake lineup were CPUs that still shone, and the Core i5-13600K has become a more affordable option that offers great gaming performance at an excellent value proposition.

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