Intel 13th Gen 13900K (K) for killer performance, K for your PSU as well.

13900K is here, and Its Hell and Hotty

13900k review

The intel i9 13900k “Raptor Lake” Desktop processors are here, and oh boy they are Hell and Hotty!
I know it says “heal and hearty” – but nvm that.

A brief introduction to the 13900K and Raptor Lake series.

At Intel Innovation on Sept. 27, 2022, Intel revealed its new 13th Gen Intel Core processor family powered by Intel’s performance hybrid architecture. The new processor family launched with six new unlocked desktop processors. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

The Intel Core i9-13900K is a desktop processor with 24 cores, launched in September 2022. It is part of the Core i9 lineup, using the Raptor Lake architecture with Socket 1700. Thanks to Intel Hyper-Threading the core count is effectively doubled, to 32 threads.

Core i9-13900K has 36MB of L3 cache and operates at 3 GHz by default, but can boost up to 5.8 GHz, depending on the workload. Intel is building the Core i9-13900K on a 10 nm production process, the transistor count is unknown. You may freely adjust the unlocked multiplier on Core i9-13900K, which simplifies overclocking greatly, as you can easily dial in any overclocking frequency.

The bells and whistles

The 13900K Covers the Following

  • PCIe 5.0 + 4.0 Lanes
  • Unlocked Multiplier
  • Maximum Amount of 24 PCIe 4.0 Lanes – Up to 1×16+4 or 2×8+4
  • Intel Deep Learning Boost – Must if you are one of those guys looking for AI Related Works
  • Maximum Boost Clock Of – 5.8 GHz (6 GHz Especially on Gigabyte)
  • Maximum Turbo TDP of – 253 W (it gets even worse)
  • 8 Performance Cores and 16 Threads (+16 Gracemont cores and threads)
  • DDR5 and DDR4 Compatibility with DDR4 3200 MHz and DDR5 5600 MHz Support.
  • Tremendous Efficiency – At 65W it almost delivers on the level of a 12900K at unlimited power

The 13900k Delivers in terms of performance

The Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU delivers anywhere from -1% and up to 22% better game performance than the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. On average, the performance gain is 11% which is quite the increase. The company doesn’t stop there and proceeds to showcase performance within a few content creation apps where the CPU is up to 16% faster and 6% faster on average. We still do not know if these benchmarks were run on the stock power profiles or the “Unlimited Power” profile & if these are indeed stock results, then they are quite good.

13900k, 13900k benchmarks


Source – Intel

the Core i9-13900K packs 55% more cache than the 12900K, both using the same Intel 10nm process, though the total die area has only increased by 24% to 257mm2. This is a much bigger CPU that clocks up to 12% higher at 5.8 GHz, so I shudder to think what power and thermals are going to look like, and of course, that’s something we’ll be looking at soon.

A few other updates with Raptor Lake include the change to DDR5 memory support, increasing from DDR5-4800 to DDR5-5600 while retaining DDR4-3200 memory support. The same 16 lanes of PCI Express 5.0 and 4 lanes of PCIe 4.0 from the CPU are supported, too.

13900k review


Source – Intel

Intel being Intel

With the new CPUs, we’re also getting new Intel Z790 motherboards. When compared to Z690, there are some PCIe improvements, for example, Z690 offered up to 12 PCIe 4.0 lanes and up to 16 downstream PCIe 3.0, whereas the new Z790 chipset delivers up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and up to 8 PCIe 3.0. Both chipsets use DMI 4.0 x8 to connect the processor and Intel is just being Intel!

In-depth Benchmark and Power consumption analysis for the 13900K

Gamers nexus Benchmarking includes power consumption tests of the i9-13900K, efficiency charts, and single-core consumption. We’ll also go through gaming benchmarks at 1080p and 1440p, some RTX 4090 benchmarks on the 13900K vs. 7950X, and benchmarks in Blender Cycles, code compile, and the Adobe suite (Premiere & Photoshop)


The doctor says That made a big mess – yes definitely for your wallet, your AIO, and your PSU
It was a mercy killing – Yep for the 7950x – considering you can build with DDR4 low latency kits

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