Intel in 2022: year in review

How did Intel fare in 2022? In many ways, it’s been a rollercoaster year for Team Blue, with some marked ups and downs. Let’s dive right in and take a close look at where Intel has done well this year, and where things have gone off the rails to a lesser – or more – extent.

Raptors in the wild

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

Intel launched its Raptor Lake processors in October 2022, or at least the first group of desktop processors led by the flagship Core i9-13900K. And while it’s “just” an Alder Lake refresh on paper, the 13th-gen newcomers have added plenty of pep to the mix beyond Intel’s 12th-gen. Raptor Lake bristled with much more efficient cores, it had increased cache, and performance was much improved over Alder Lake overall.

Intel Core i9-13900K processor

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The flagship 13900K blew us away in terms of multi-core performance in particular, and is a very good heavy chip, although it’s power-hungry and obviously not cheap. Further down the Raptor Lake line there were processors that also shone, and the Core i5-13600K proved to be a more affordable option that offered great gaming performance at a great value proposition.

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