The Intel i5-13500 Has Been Tested, Performs Similar to The i5-12600K

It seems that Intel’s Raptor Lake 65W CPUs are almost everywhere in the South Asian market. We ourselves managed to obtain a retail variant of the i5-13400. Read our detailed review here. Similarly, we also covered the performance metrics of the i3-13100, which is now the fastest quad-core CPU in the world. Today, Facebook user Alva Jonathan tested the i5-13500, showing similar performance to the i5-12600K from Alder Lake.

The i5-13500

Let’s go over the specifications of this CPU first. The i5-13500 features 14 (6P + 8E) cores / 20 threads and 24MB of L3 cache. The base frequency stands at 2.5GHz which can go as high as 4.8GHz. Today’s test features the MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 board. This CPU has a TDP (PL1) of 65W, which can be increased to 154W (PL2). The tester confirms that the i5-13500 uses the C0 Alder Lake die. 

i5-13500 Specs, Test Bench


Across a single core, the i5-13500 can manage a frequency of 4.8GHz. Of course, this metric is for a Performance core, not an Efficiency core. 

i5-13500 Max Single Core Clock | Alva Jonathan

The interesting part about this CPU is that at 65W, the CPU can hit 2.9GHz across both the P and E cores. However, in the max power mode, the frequencies go as high as 4.5GHz and 3.5GHz for the P and E cores respectively. That’s a massive 1.5GHz difference which can make a huge performance impact. 

In CinebenchR23 single-core, the i5-13500 scores 1885 points which puts it just behind the i5-12600K. This is quite the leap from the last generation, especially in terms of single-core performance. 

i5-13500 Single Core Cinebench R23 | Alva Jonathan

The largest jump in performance comes in multi-core performance where the i5-13500 is almost 2x faster than the i5-12400. A score of 21103 puts the i5-13500 right next to the i7-12700K. The i5-12600K in this case is out of the question as it falls short by a huge amount. 

i5-13500 Multi Core Cinebench R23 | Alva Jonathan


The i5-13500 is a huge upgrade from Alder Lake’s budget offerings. This CPU has put up some serious competition for AMD’s Non-X offerings which are set to be announced at CES 2023. Can AMD compete? Of course but the overall platform cost will always tip the balance in favor of Intel. Until AMD fixes its AM5 board prices, Intel will outsell them, especially in the lower-end segment.

Quick Pretest Core i5-13500 notes:

  • Run on MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 (1.90 BIOS), and GSkill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 2x16GB
  • Judging from the L2 Cache, seems like an Alder Lake C0 die with 2 less P-Core?
  • Default detected power config is 65W PL1/154W PL2
  • Increasing PL1 from default 65W to Max/Unlimited mode will give massive clock boost
  • Max Clock 1-Core 4.8Ghz (P-Core)
  • Sustained All-core Clock on default 65W Mode 2.9-3Ghz P-Core, 2.9Ghz E-Core
  • Sustained All-core Clock on Max/unlimited PL1 4.5Ghz P-Core, 3.5Ghz E-Core
  • Default 65W Mode might be feasible for Stock Heatsink (Temp might be higher just for the initial Burst to 130W ish)
  • Unlimited/Max PL1 Power IS NOT RECOMMENDED for Stock Heatsink (will easily hit TjMax)
  • 65W Multi-Core Performance almost match an i5-12600K on Cinebench R23
  • Max/Unlimited Power Multi-Core Performance slightly below i7-12700K!
  • Single-Core close to i5-12600K.

Quick Summary:

  • Pretty Decent overall performance
  • Might be run on cheap/value H610 board, but PLEASE make sure power is 65W, not maxxed out
  • Recommended to pair with midrange B660 and Decent 120mm Tower HSF (like Thermalright TA120 EX or ID-Cooling SE-224XT), max out all power limit on the board to get optimal multi-core performance. Now I’m not sure if i5-13600K is my best CPU of the year, this i5-13500 CPU might have better multi-core performance-per-dollar 

Alva “Lucky_n00b” Jonathan

CPU ModelFrequencyCacheCores/ThreadsSteppingWattage
Core i9- 13900KF3.0GHz36MB24/32BO125W
Core i9-13900K3.0GHz36MB24/32BO125W
Core i9-13900F2.0GHz36MB24/32BO65W
Core i9-139002.0GHz36MB24/32BO65W
Core i9- 13900T1.10GHz36MB24/32BO35W
Core i7- 13700KF3.4GHz30MB16/24BO125W
Core i7-13700K3.4GHz30MB16/24BO125W
Core i7-13700F2.10GHz30MB16/24BO65W
Core i7-137002.10GHz30MB16/24BO65W
Core i7-13700T1.40GHz30MB16/24BO35W
Core i5- 13600KF3.50GHz24MB14/20BO125W
Core i5-13600K3.50GHz24MB14/20BO125W
Core i5-136002.70GHz24MB14/20C065W
Core i5-13600T1.80GHz24MB14/20C035W
Core i5-135002.50GHz24MB14/20C065W
Core i5- 13500T1.60GHz24MB14/20C035W
Core i5-13400F2.50GHz20MB10/16BO / CO65W
Core i5-134002.50GHz20MB10/16BO / CO65W
Core i5- 13400T1.30GHz20MB10/16C035W
Core i3-13100F3.40GHz12MB4/8HO58W
Core i3-131003.40GHz12MB4/8HO60W
Core i3-13100T2.50GHz12MB4/8HO35W

Abdullah Faisal

With a love for computers since the age of five, Abdullah has always sought to delve into the depths of information, and uses it as his guiding light. He believes success is of utmost importance as history is written by the victor.