Intel Raptor Lake could a 60% performance bump, with a catch

Technical samples of the upcoming Intel Raptor Lake Core i7-13700K and Core i5-13600K processors have been thoroughly tested and the results have appeared on Bilibili, a Chinese social media platform.

Comparing the next-gen CPUs to their current-gen counterparts reveals massive performance gains, with some benchmarks delivering up to 64% higher scores for Raptor Lake. Unfortunately, these performance gains come at a price.

i5-13600K/i7-13700K QS tested

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Today’s juicy Raptor Lake leaks come from ExtremePlayer on Bilibili, who posted a new video featuring the upcoming CPUs. ExtremePlayer previously reviewed the flagship Core i9-13900K, and now it turned to reviewing and comparing the two mid-range models from the Raptor Lake-S series.

The processors, like Intel Alder Lake, have a hybrid core configuration with a mix of Raptor Cove performance cores and Gracemont efficiency cores. The Core i7-13700K comes with 16 cores (eight P-cores and 8 E-cores) and 24 threads, while the Core i5-13600K comes with 14 cores (6 P-cores, 8 E-cores) and 20 threads. Rumor has it that Intel Raptor Lake will deliver some massive clock speeds, with boost clocks reportedly going above 5.8GHz, but that’s on the Core i9-13900K – the Core i7-13700K is expected to max out at 5. reach .4 GHz. Unfortunately, these technical examples failed to reach such high numbers – but they still far outperformed their predecessors.

The Intel Core i7-13700K tested in the video clocked up to 5.3GHz, while the Core i5-13600K maxed out at 5.1GHz. Both models were tested twice, once with DR4-3600 memory and then again with DDR5-5200, to compare the effect of DDR5 RAM on the performance of Intel’s next-gen CPUs. Recent benchmarks showed that Intel Raptor Lake could finally make DDR5 memory shine, and today’s leak only serves to prove that.

Several benchmarks were used for testing, but most yielded similar results. The Core i7-13700K seems to offer a performance boost of up to 10% in single-threaded operations, but in a multi-core setting the gains are really intense. In general, you’ll see an improvement of about 30-35%, but some tests showed a performance gain of up to 64% when the Core i7-13700K was compared to the current-generation Core i7-12700KF. In a 7-Zip test, the win was even bigger, with a stunning 164.84% boost over the Alder Lake processor.

The lower Core i5-13600K also managed to leave its predecessor in the dust, with smaller single-threaded gains (about five to eight percent), but again, huge numbers in multi-threaded operations. On average, the Core i5-13600K seems to be up to 40% better than the Core i5-12600K when tested with DDR5 RAM.


These benchmarks prove once again that DDR5 RAM is finally getting its chance to shine. So far, DDR5 adoption has been rather slow due to the overpriced price of these memory kits. Now, with these performance gains shown by Intel Raptor Lake, and with AMD Zen 4 using DDR5 exclusively, we can bet that the market will soon be flooded with some of the best DDR5 RAM.

The alleged performance improvement comes with high power consumption costs, as noted by VideoCardz. The Intel Core i7-13700K reached a power consumption of up to 244 watts – which is very high, especially when you compare it to the Alder Lake Core i7-12700K with 188 watts. The Core i5-13600K also saw a similar increase: 178 watts versus 148 watts.

While the results are exciting, it is still too early. We’ve been seeing more and more benchmark results from Intel Raptor Lake popping up lately, but until the final product is in the hands of early reviewers, we won’t know its full potential. That said, and with a healthy dose of skepticism, it certainly looks like Intel’s 13th gen CPUs could turn out to be true multi-core beasts.

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