As a lot as we’re excited to see Arc GPUs within the plastic flesh, the throw-down everybody desires to see within the latter a part of this yr goes to be Zen 4 versus Raptor Lake. AMD’s upcoming processors will probably be its first technology to make use of DDR5 reminiscence, however Intel’s subsequent chips will probably be its second with each the brand new reminiscence and a hybrid structure.

If you have been underneath a rock for the previous six months, then allow us to fill you in: Raptor Lake is the codename for Intel’s Thirteenth-generation desktop processors. They’ll primarily be a refinement of Alder Lake, with the most important modifications being the addition of as much as eight extra E-cores and a bump to 2MB of L2 cache per P-core. They’ll even slot into the identical motherboards, though as standard there will probably be a brand new set of chipsets and boards, too.

Intel hasn’t even whispered a launch window for Raptor Lake publicly, so we actually do not know when the CPUs are inbound. Scuttlebutt has it that the chips are slated to indicate up in October. That’s just a bit over two months away, and so unsurprisingly, we’re seeing an elevated charge of leaks originating from of us playing around with pre-release merchandise.
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Our story as we speak is certainly one such leak. A fellow that does PC {hardware} information and opinions over on Bilibili by the title of “ExtremePlayer” laid fingers on what seems to be a qualification pattern (QS) for the Core i9-13900K. Naturally, he did what we’d do in that scenario, and slapped it down into his ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard after which benchmarked the dickens out of it.

In his assessment, ExtremeParticipant examined the brand new chip straight in opposition to the extant Core i9-12900K. He feedback that the 13900K comes out forward of its previous-generation predecessor by round 10% on common in single-threaded duties, and by about 35% in multi-threaded workloads. Those numbers line up very neatly with the predictions made by Moore’s Law is Dead approach again in February.

Most of the single-threaded efficiency increase within the functions that ExtremeParticipant examined seems to come back from the upper (5.5 GHz) increase clock of the Raptor Lake chip. Comparing the 2 processors at iso-clocks within the CPU-Z Benchmark, they carry out primarily identically. Meanwhile, the multi-threaded positive factors possible end result largely from the addition of eight additional low-power E-cores.

Perhaps probably the most regarding a part of ExtremeParticipant’s assessment is the picture beneath, which is a screenshot of the monitoring panel in Intel eXtreme Tuning Utility (XTU). Using Intel’s personal stress check constructed into that very same utility, the processor instantly shoots to 100ºC regardless of being beneath an AIO liquid cooler linked to an enormous 360mm radiator. The core voltage droops considerably underneath load, which is especially regarding for the quantity of present passing by means of the VRM, because the package deal seems to be drawing as a lot as 420W.

The chip’s excessive energy consumption could also be an artifact of the firmware on his ASUS ROG motherboard having improper settings for the unreleased processor. The voltage is barely excessive in comparison with the Alder Lake processor, and it is also attainable that the clocks aren’t scaling accurately.

Of course, it is also attainable that Intel’s subsequent flagship CPU will merely be an enormously power-thirsty 24-core beast. We’ll have to attend till it releases to seek out out.

Benchmark photographs above sourced from ExtremeParticipant through VideoCardz.