Although the big excitement is mostly on next-gen graphics cards slated to launch later this year, Intel and AMD are both gearing up for their next-gen processors as well. Specifically, an engineering sample of the next flagship CPU from Intel has appeared in benchmarking tests online, and the results are pretty promising…
The Intel Core i9-13900K has a few improvements over its previous generation flagship, the Intel Core i9-12900K, namely in core counts and clock speeds. In a Cinebench R23 test, the 13900K outperforms the 12900K by a massive 39%. However, this is for multi-core performance, as single core only scores a 14% improvement.
The reason for that is the 400MHz increase in clock speeds, which has been improved from 5.1GHz to 5.5GHz. This time though, the 13900K has another 8 ‘E’ cores which comes to 8P + 16E cores altogether (or 24 Threads) as opposed to just 8P + 8E (16 Threads) for the 12900K.
Other benchmark tests found an average of 30-40% performance improvement in multi threaded tests, with some notable examples going even further than that like CPU-Z (46% improvement), 7-Zip decompressing (52%), and more. However, one notable issue is the TDP, which comes in at 433W (yikes!). Although it may be due to the engineering sample, improvements will likely be made before launch.
Speaking of launch, the Core i9-13900K is expected to release sometime in Autumn 2022, which is also the same time AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 7000 chips will release, so we’ll be in for some stiff competition. If it’s going to be anything like the recent GPU rumors though, it seems like power draw is going to be a major factor this generation for both CPUs and graphics cards.
Hopefully we’ll learn more about the Intel Core 13th gen processors at the next Intel Innovation event later this year, which runs from September 27th-28th. It’s possible the first batch of 13th gen Core CPUs could launch around then, so we may also get the full specs and pricing details revealed!
What do you think? Are you excited for Intel Core 13th Gen? How do you feel about the performance leaks above? Do they look good to you? Or underwhelming? And how much is that single-core vs multi-core performance debate really important for PC gamers? Let us know your thoughts!