Intel’s Raptor Lake is really pushing ahead with leaks as another has just surfaced – but the latest test results don’t come from the 13th-gen main chip as many have in recent times, but from a mid-range model of the chip’s range of CPUs. of the giant’s next generation.
To be precise, what we’re looking at here is a supposed benchmarking of the Intel Core i5-13600K, a CPU that will be the choice of many buyers as a more affordable option than the Core i7 or i9 processors.
The leak was detected by VideoCardz (opens in new tab) and it’s another case that was shared via Bilibili in China, this time courtesy of Enthusiastic Citizen (opens in new tab). The claim is that the 13600K processor in question is an ES3 or Engineering Sample 3, meaning it is a later stage pre-release chip.
However, Enthusiastic Citizen claims that the ES3 CPU is running at the same clocks as a QS or Qualification Sample – in other words, the pre-release models which are essentially the finished version, sent to Intel partners for testing – so , should give us a good idea of the final performance (arm yourself with a very distinct sense of skepticism when considering all this, of course).
What this means is that the engineering sample ran with a 4.9GHz to 5.1GHz boost on its performance cores, but Enthusiastic Citizen bumped it up to 5.1GHz on all cores to simulate the final chip ( efficiency cores have also been increased from 3.9GHz to 4GHz as well).
In case you forgot, the Core i5-13600K is believed to have six performance cores and eight efficiency cores, which means it’s a 14-core chip in total (with 20 threads, as only the performance cores have hyper- threading).
Benchmarking was performed on CPU-Z and Cinebench, with the first 13600K reaching 830 points for single-core and 10,031 points for multi-core, which is respectively 8% and 79% faster than its predecessor, the current 12600K. .
As for the Cinebench R23, we see the 13600K hit 1,387 points in single-core and 24,420 in multi-core. This is 40% faster for the multi-core compared to the 12600K, but the single-core result went very wrong here as it is actually 26% slower for the Raptor Lake chip.
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Clearly something strange is happening with the first Cinebench result, as a high-end CPU being 26% slower than the chip it’s replacing is obviously not right. This is a reminder that pre-release silicon benchmarking – especially in a scenario where an engineered chip has been tweaked to match the supposed frequency of a qualifying sample – is a veritable minefield of caveats.
Still, the other results provided here fall in line with what we expected. Seeing a 40% increase in multi-core is very impressive and exactly matches another leak where the flagship Core i9-13900K also achieved that same 40% generational jump – which adds a little more weight to the evidence presented. here.
It’s a good sign to see these predicted performance gains for a mid-range Raptor Lake CPU, and we can certainly expect better multi-core performance from 13th-gen chips, given that Intel is reportedly increasing the overall core count by doubling cores. efficiency at 13600K (and 13900K).
However, these early leaks are also pointing to power usage being increased with Raptor Lake, and Enthusiastic Citizen theorizes that the 13600K could run at a 160W TDP (not a world of difference to the 12600K’s 150W, but a little one step). even though).
One of the most exciting things to see right now is the sudden spike in leakage around Raptor Lake sample CPUs, which is what is commonly witnessed in the run-up to the release of a new generation of silicon. Intel’s 13th-gen chips are rumored to arrive in early October – theoretically after a launch event in late September – and the steady stream of Raptor Lake leaks that are arriving now suggest this will indeed be the case.
The main question is whether AMD will be able to beat Intel with the release of the Ryzen 7000 before then – at the moment, the rumor seems to believe that both ranges of high-end CPUs should debut around the same time. In September. AMD could have a big fight on their hands in mid-range territory if this leak proves to be in the money, so Team Red can’t afford to lag behind with Zen 4.