Intel Raptor Lake processors ought to arrive on the scene by the top of this 12 months, and their coming could sign the start of a new era of CPU clock speeds. Reports counsel that crew blue could be engaged on a chip that may break the 5.0GHz ceiling we’ve discovered ourselves below for the previous a number of years.

Hardware leaker OneRaichu says no less than one Intel Raptor Lake processor might turbo all the best way as much as a staggeringly excessive 6.0GHz. This would make it the primary bit of Intel silicon to be formally specced at such a pace, making it a prime candidate for the title of greatest gaming CPU.

However, OneRaichu says this may doubtless solely be potential utilizing Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, and it’s doubtless that just one or two cores will be capable of hit 6.0GHz. The processor in query most likely isn’t a “normal SKU,” they are saying, probably indicating that a Core i9 13900KS could be within the works.

No one can say with any certainty how a 6.0GHz Intel Raptor Lake CPU will compete in opposition to its AMD Ryzen 7000 competitors, as clock speeds are however one of many components that have an effect on processor efficiency. And, of course, this being a hearsay, you would possibly wish to season your expectations with a wholesome dose of salt.