Core i9-13900K outperforms Core i9-12900K by 5% in early gaming benchmarks

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A purported Intel Core i9-13900K qualifying sample (QS) processor flexed its muscles in a handful of PC games in a video review. The flagship Raptor Lake chip presents itself as one of the best processors. The selection of games offered a basic overview, but still managed to cover the most popular genres and styles of play today. With this level of processors and a cutting-edge graphics card, gamers will likely want to play at maximum quality settings. In such situations, the new Raptor Lake QS chip is only around 3-6% faster than its predecessor Alder Lake. Be warned though, this is a qualifying sample and it appears to have relatively high peak power consumption.

The first real video review of an Intel Core i9-13900K QS processor surfaced a few days ago. It focused on synthetic and application benchmarks against an Intel Core i9-12900KF (the non-iGPU variant of the Core i9-12900K) on the same platform. It was an important moment in the line of leaks that gradually revealed Raptor Lake’s flagship chip over several weeks. The main takeaway was that the next-gen flagship offered an average performance boost of 10% in single-threaded workloads and 35% in multi-threaded workloads.

Today, the same Bilibili resident TechTuber, Extreme Player (opens in a new tab)followed with a game-centric review. Twitter Tech Sleuth Harukaze5791 (opens in a new tab) took the full set of results from the video to provide a clearer, condensed look at performance comparisons across the full range of games (rather than tabulating games individually).

A significant change from Extreme Player’s synthetic/app testing was to use a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti to let the processors perform at their full potential. Other than that, the specs were the same as in the last video.

Along with providing the gaming performance benchmarks, Extreme Player has compiled a table of interesting peak power consumption stats. The Core i9-13900K chip sometimes consumed significantly more power than its Alder Lake predecessor. The games with the largest cross-generation peak power consumption differential did not match the games that gained the most fps using the new CPU. For example, Horizon Zero Dawn games showed very little performance benefit from advances in the 13th Gen Intel Core processor. Yet peak power consumption in all three tested resolutions was at least 28% higher.

These are exciting results for PC gamers. Nevertheless, it is essential to remember some things; this is a purported QS test processor, and the results are questionable. The only Asus BIOS (or MSI) enabled 13th Gen Core processor currently shipped is labeled as “for booting only and not suitable for performance testing”.

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