Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU games and synthetic performance references leaked, 5% faster than Core i9-12900K on average

Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU games and synthetic performance references leaked, 5% faster than Core i9-12900K on average

The first gaming and synthetic performance standards for the Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake 5.5 GHz CPU have been leaked by Extreme Player on Bilibili (via HXL).

Intel’s Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake is 5% faster than Core i9-12900K Age Lake on average in leaked game references

The Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU tested in the leaked benchmarks is a QS example that has 24 cores and 32 threads in an 8 P-Core and 16 E-Core configuration. The CPU has a total of 36 MB L3 buffer and 32 MB L2 cache for a combined 68 MB ‘Smart Cache’. It also comes with a base (PL1) TDP of 125W and an MTP of around 250W.

This chip runs around the same 3.0 GHz base and 5.5 GHz boost clocks that we saw in the previous benchmarks of the same leak. The final chip is expected to hit single-core boost clocks at up to 5.7-5.8 GHz, but it remains to be seen before the final variant hits the market.

In terms of performance, we have more detailed gaming and synthetic benchmarks with the Intel Core i9-13900K (5.5 GHz) and Core i9-12900K (4.9 GHz) running on their storage frequencies on a 32GB Z690 platform DDR5-6400 memory and a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card. The Core i9-13900K already has a clock speed advantage of 12.2% over the Core i9-12900K, so it should be faster by default even though the architecture is the same. The extra increase comes from the increased cache as it gets over a 50% bump (68 MB vs 44 MB).

Intel Raptor Lake Core i9-13900K vs Alder Lake Core i9-12900K Synthetic Benchmarks (via Extreme Player):

Game performance was tested in various titles at 2160p, 1440p and 1080p resolutions. The average performance improvement appears to be around 5-10% for all three resolutions for the Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU versus the Core i9-12900K Age Lake predecessors. There are only a few cases where the piece showed big wins. The buffer and higher clocks really seem to benefit from the minimum frame rate with around 25-30% jumps in a few titles like PUBG, Forza Horizon 5, and up to 70-80% wins in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The same was the case with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D which not only saw average performance increase with its extra 3D V-Cache, but the minimum FPS numbers also went up quite a bit thanks to the increased cache. In particular, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D offered a much larger cache size compared to the Raptor Lake cache bump (versus Alder Lake CPUs).

Intel Raptor Lake Core i9-13900K vs Alder Lake Core i9-12900K Gaming Benchmarks (via Extreme Player):

Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K Full gaming benchmark performance distribution:

An interesting comparison that has been made is the power consumption figures where Intel Core i9-13900K uses up to 52% higher in games than Core i9-12900K and an average of 20% higher power consumption across all three tested resolutions. This means that the next generation Raptor Lake CPU series will be more power consuming than Alder Lake, even in games. The distribution of average FPS at each resolution is as follows:

  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1080p: 4.22% faster performance on average
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1440p: 6.97% faster performance on average
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 2160p: 3.30% faster performance on average
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K All Res Avg. – 4.83% faster

For minimum FPS, the distribution at each resolution is as follows:

  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1080p: 27.93% faster Minimum FPS
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1440p: 21.83% faster Minimum FPS
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 2160p: 12.82% faster Minimum FPS
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K All Res Min Avg: 20.86% faster

And finally, we have the maximum FPS crash for each resolution listed below:

  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1080p: 6.29% faster Maximum FPS
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1440p: 4.42% faster Maximum FPS
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 2160p: 2.58% faster Maximum FPS
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K All Res Max Avg .: 4.43% faster

The following are all these results as compiled by @Harukaze5719:

By breaking down the power consumption figures for each solution tested, we get the following results for Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K:

  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1080p: 19.1% higher power consumption
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1440p: 19.8% higher power consumption
  • Intel Core i9-13900K vs Core i9-12900K at 1440p: 26.2% higher power consumption

Intel Raptor Lake Core i9-13900K vs Age Lake Core i9-12900K Power Consumption (via Extreme Player):

Intel 12th Gen Age Lake-S & 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S Desktop CPU Comparison (Preliminary):

CPU name P-core count Number of e-cores Total core / thread P-Core Base / Boost (max.) P-Core Boost (All-Core) E-Core Base / Boost E-Core Boost (All-Core) Cache TDP MSRP
Intel Core i9-13900K 8 16 24/32 TBA / TBA? TBA TBA TBA 68 MB 125W (PL1)
228W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i9-12900K 8 8 16/24 3.2 / 5.2 GHz 4.9 GHz (All Core) 2.4 / 3.9 GHz 3.7 GHz (All Core) 30 MB 125W (PL1)
241W (PL2)
599 USD
Intel Core i7-13700K 8 8 16/24 TBA / TBA? TBA TBA TBA 54 MB 125W (PL1)
228W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i7-12700K 8 4 12/20 3.6 / 5.0 GHz 4.7 GHz (All Core) 2.7 / 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz (All Core) 25 MB 125W (PL1)
190 W (PL2)
419 USD
Intel Core i5-13600K 6 8 14/20 TBA / TBA? TBA TBA TBA 44 MB 125W (PL1)
228W (PL2)
TBA
Intel Core i5-12600K 6 4 10/16 3.7 / 4.9 GHz 4.5 GHz (All Core) 2.8 / 3.6 GHz 3.4 GHz (All Core) 20 MB 125W (PL1)
150 W (PL2)
299 USD

The Intel Core i9-13900K delivered around 10% faster single-wire and 35% faster multi-wire performance on average compared to the Core i9-12900K in the previous leaked references. Overall, it looks like the CPU will be faster than the Ryzen 9 7950X in workload-specific tasks, while at the same time being on par with gaming benchmarks. But with AMD releasing the Ryzen 7000 3D V-Cache chips based on the same Zen 4 core architecture later this year, Intel’s game crown, if they manage to take it from Zen 4, will be short-lived.

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs including the flagship Core i9-13900K are expected to launch in October on the Z790 platform. The CPUs will go up against AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPU series, which will also be launched in the autumn of 2022.

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