Intel lifted the veil on independent third-party performance analysis of its new 13e Gen Core series processors, also known by the codename Raptor Lake. From Intel’s faster Raptor Cove Performance Cores that deliver an additional 600MHz peak boost clock speed, to faster and more onboard Efficiency Cores (now up to 16) and larger caches, these next-generation Intel CPUs deliver significant benefits for the entire enterprise. full desktop product stack and even greater competition for rival AMD’s recently announced Ryzen 7000 series. What also becomes clear from this Thursday launch is that the Santa Clara clock is still tuning its Intel 7-chip fab process, which is now in its 3rd generation of the company’s SuperFin transistor technology, which has helped deliver this gain across the power and frequency curve.
Couple these increased resources with support for faster DDR5-5600MHz speeds, a 900MHz faster compute fabric, and a bigger and smarter (dynamic INI algorithm supported) 36MB L3 cache (up to 30MB), it’s clear Intel 7- optimizations have been kind to the Intel 13e Gen Core design team, offering more on-chip resources and faster clock speeds everywhere. In fact, Intel’s performance claims are that Raptor Lake will deliver a 15 percent increase in single-threaded throughput and a massive 41 percent increase in multi-threaded throughput, which should result in 24% better gaming performance and 34% faster content creation performance.
Intel 13E Gen Core: More of almost everything and faster, for the same price
Three processor models are launched today, each with two SKUs (with and without integrated Intel UHD Graphics), for a total of six new chips to be launched, all of which have double the number of E-Cores and significantly higher clock speeds for both. P cores and E cores. Here’s the quick product matrix Intel shared a few weeks ago at its Innovation event in San Jose.
As you can see, Intel 13e Gen processors can now have up to 24 cores onboard, with a P-Core max Turbo frequency that can ramp up to 5.8 GHz (with a 6GHz SKU hinted also), depending on the model type. The Core i9-13900K is Intel’s current flagship chip and consists of 8 P-Cores and 16 E-Cores with peak clocks at 5.8GHz and 4.3GHz respectively. If you walk down a bit, you’ll see the more mainstream Core i7-13700K 16-core chip and the new Core i5-13600K 14-core chip, both of which have slightly lower peak clock speeds than the 13900K.
The prices for these chips (K SKUs with IGP) are listed at $589, $409 and $319 respectively and are basically flat relative to Intel’s previous 12e Gen prices, even though they all have more resources and higher clock speeds. All of these prices also essentially undercut their competing AMD Ryzen 7000 counterparts, with specifically the high-end 13900K coming in for $110 less, though the Core i5-13600KF (no IGP) is only a few bucks less at $294, vs. $299 for a Ryzen 5 7600X handily outpacing the 13600KF. In short, these chips offer a solid value proposition and are also easy drop-in, socket-compatible upgrades for OEMs, PC enthusiasts and gamers.
Intel 13E Gen Core Series Real-World Achievements Revealed
My colleague Marco Chiappetta tried out some Intel’s new Raptor Lake chips in a detailed deep dive review at HotHardware. His testing was done on the new flagship Core i9-13900K 24-core/32-thread chip and the more mainstream Core i5-13600K 14-core/20-thread chip on a midrange MSI Z790 motherboard that would cost about $350. have to cost. The benchmark results of these reasonably priced combos are impressive to be sure…
As you can see, in a variety of workloads from productivity to content creation and gaming, Intel 13e Gen Core processors generally outperform their AMD counterparts, and again at a significantly lower cost on some SKUs, as long as the street price outweighs the MSRP. However, there are some instances where a Ryzen 9 7950X can outperform the Core i9-13900K, such as with Zip compression and Blender rendering. Plus, Intel’s Raptor Lake platform generally consumes more power than AMD’s Zen 4, although that’s much less of an issue on the desktop.
For a much more detailed in-depth review with full spec analysis and a whole lot more benchmark data, head over to HotHardware for Marco’s full description. There is actually everything you need know about Intel 13th Gen Core over there.
Intel 13th Gen Core Raptor Lake Wrap-Up
In the final analysis, though this round of the awesome X86 CPU throwdown is leaning towards Intel’s new 13″e Gen Core processors, both platforms from Intel and AMD are highly competitive with each other and offer significant advantages over their respective previous generation counterparts. I expect strong sell-through for Intel with this platform here in the fourth quarter, with its drop-in socket compatibility and a simple firmware microcode update.
However you slice it, renewed competition is great for driving innovation and better products for consumers. Intel certainly brought the battle back to AMD with its 13th Gen Core series, for creators, workstation professionals, PC enthusiasts and gamers.