The majority of Raptor Lake leaks now we have seen as much as this date have targeted on the Core i9-13900K, the forthcoming flagship CPU amongst Intel’s thirteenth Gen stack (at the least till a Core i9-13900KS arrives). That’s nice for getting a glimpse of peak efficiency, however what in regards to the mid-range section? Benchmarks obtained from a supposed Core i5-13600K seemingly trace at what’s to return.
This will supplant the Core i5-12600K, which presently instructions $269.99 on Amazon. That Alder Lake half wields 6 P-cores clocked at 3.7GHZ to 4.9GHz, 4 E-cores clocked at 2.8GHz to three.6GHz, and 20MB of L3 cache, wrapped in a 125W bundle (150W max Turbo energy).
Source: ECSM
Over on Bilibili, Enthusiast Citizen (ECSM_Official) posted screenshots figuring out what’s claimed to be a qualification pattern (QS) of the Core i5-13600K. It options the identical variety of P-cores because the 12600K however clocked at as much as 5.1GHz, and twice as many E-cores clocked at as much as 3.9GHz. In whole, we’re a 14-core/20-thread CPU, versus the 12600K’s 10-core/16-threqad make-up.
One additional factor to notice is that in line with ECMS, the PL2 stage on this CPU seems increased than the 150W on the 12600K. In testing, they stated it reached 176W, noting “there is still a lot of room for optimization” to probably lower that to 160W for the ultimate model.
With that in thoughts, the Core i5-13600K scored 830.4 within the CPU-Z’s single-threaded take a look at and 10,031.8 within the multi-threaded take a look at. Here’s how different CPUs fare in the identical checks…
  • Core i9-12900K: 831 / 11,440
  • Core i5-12600K: 768 / 5,590
  • Ryzen 9 5950X: 648 / 11,906
In the single-threaded take a look at, the Core i5-13600K is round 8.1 % sooner than the Core i5-12600K and 28.1 % sooner than the Ryzen 9 5950X, and on par with the Core i9-12900K. In the multi-threaded take a look at, it loses to the Core 9-12900K and Ryzen 9 5960X, however whips the Core i5-12600K by over 79 %.

Source: ECSM
ECMS posted a moderately spectacular set of Cinebench R23 scores obtained from the Core i5-13600K. Running in Windows 10 Pro, it scored 1,387 factors within the single-core take a look at and 24,420 factors within the multi-core take a look at. Here’s how these scores evaluate to our assortment of benchmark outcomes for currently-released CPUs…
The outcomes have been combined in Cinebench R23. Here the Core i5-13600K is proven scoring simply 1,387 factors within the single-core, which places the Core i5-12600K round 38 % forward. But within the multi-core take a look at, it scored 24,420 to put greater than 40 % head of the 12600K, and only a smidge behind AMD’s present flagship shopper CPU.
It’s a wonky displaying within the single-core take a look at, and our greatest guess is that one thing is awry—maybe the take a look at solely ran on the Efficiency cores, or possibly there is a driver concern or another bug on the platform. For what it is value, ECSM chalks it as much as a possible BIOS downside of an early Z790 motherboard that was used for these benchmark checks. It is also a quirk with the ES standing.
Whatever the case, we might be shocked if the finalized silicon was really slower in single-threaded efficiency in comparison with its Alder Lake equal. We’ll simply have to attend and see. Same goes for the way Raptor Lake compares to Zen 4, which can also be slated to reach this yr.