The first gaming and synthetic benchmarks of the flagship Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake processor clocked at 5.5 GHz were recently published by Extreme Player.
It is rumored that Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake will have 24 cores and 32 threads in a configuration with 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores. It should also contain a total of 36 MB of L3 cache, and up to 32 MB of L2 cache, totaling 68 MB of “smart cache”. It also should come with a base TDP of 125W.
In terms of performance, there are detailed gaming and synthetic tests with the Intel Core i9-13900K (5.5 GHz) and Core i9-12900K (4.9 GHz) running at their stock frequencies on the Z690 platform with 32 GB of DDR5-6400 RAM and a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GPU. The Core i9-13900K already has a 12.2% clock advantage over the Core i9-12900K, so it should be faster by default, even though the architecture is the same. The additional gain is due to the increased cache, as it is 50% larger (68 MB vs. 44 MB).
Synthetic benchmarks of Intel Raptor Lake 13900K and Alder Lake 12900K:
Performance in various games was tested at 2160p, 1440p and 1080p resolutions. The average performance improvement of the Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake processor appears to be around 5-10% in all three resolutions compared to its predecessors Core i9-12900K Alder Lake. There are only a few cases where the chip showed significantly higher results. The cache and higher clocks seem to really give about a 25-30% boost in a few games like PUBG, Forza Horizon 5, and up to a 70-80% boost in Red Dead Redemption 2.
Intel Raptor Lake Core 13900K and Alder Lake 12900K gaming benchmarks:
The Intel Core i9-13900K on average demonstrates around 10% higher single-threaded performance and 35% higher multi-threaded performance compared to the Core i9-12900K in previously leaked benchmarks. Overall, it looks like the processor will be faster than the Ryzen 9 7950X in workload-specific tasks, and will be on par in gaming benchmarks. But AMD will release its Ryzen 7000 3D V-Cache chips later this year, so we’ll see who takes the gaming crown.
Intel’s 13th generation Raptor Lake desktop processors, including the flagship Core i9-13900K, are expected to launch in October with the Z790 platform. The processors will compete with AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processor lineup, which will also launch in fall 2022.