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Intel 13th Gen expected release time

The new Intel 13th Gen CPUs are sure to excite when they finally debut, but it's still unclear when exactly they are expected on launch day
Last Updated on October 20, 2022
Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake
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Intel 13th Gen, aptly coined Raptor Lake, is just days away, powered by aims from the firm of crowning it king in the consumer PC component space.

The company already announced that Raptor Lake will officially be launching on October 20th, and like in most previous releases most consumers are excited to get their hands on the product as soon as it debuts.

When a new piece of technology comes out, getting ahead of its release schedule is an absolute must if you’re banking on buying it, especially in the case of Intel 13th Gen. You need to know where the product is going to be sold, how much it will be and the exact time releases. More importantly, you need to be aware of which retailers are offering pre-orders. 

Although there isn’t too much we can say about the timing of Raptor Lake’s release on October 20th, the CPUs should be available for purchase at around 6AM PT / 10AM ET / 2PM BST. This is typically when the majority of retailers restock their stores.

Where to buy Intel 13th Gen




Intel suggested pricesNewegg prices
Intel Core i5-13600K$319$329.99
Intel Core i5-13600KF$294$309.99
Intel Core i7-13700K$409$449.99
Intel Core i7-13700KF$384$429.99
Intel Core i9-13900K$589$659.99
Intel Core i9-13900KF$564Sold out

B&H is also offering pre-orders and last we checked it does have all six SKUs available. The retailers that are currently missing are Amazon and Best Buy. They are not offering any pre-orders at this time, but they definitely will be selling the products like hotcakes as soon as they drop midday on October 20th.

Our recommendation is to pre-order the CPU from either Newegg or B&H, which will save you a ton of energy so you can await other debuting components, like the RTX 4000 series that released on October 12th.

You can also check out our dedicated guide pages for the following SKUs, to stay up to date with the latest availability on launch day:

What time will Intel 13th gen release?

We’d expect somewhere in the early afternoon on the launch day of October 20. As stock tends to be available in similar windows, sometime between noon and 2pm EST.

When can I expect a new Intel processor?

Thursday, October 20 is the day to expect new processors from Intel to arrive. Intel 13th Gen (Raptor Lake) processors will arrive on that day, with the next generation due to be Meteor Lake – coming in 2023.

Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows