The Intel i5-13400 Has Already Been Reviewed, 20% Faster Than Last-Gen While Costing 50% Less

Intel unveiled their Raptor Lake lineup last month during the Innovation Event. Initially, we will only see the K/KF counterparts which set to retail by the 20th of October. The budget friendly non-K and F models are set to hit the shelves most probably next year. While there are still a few months before we see these CPUs in action, sisoftware has already published a review of Intel’s i5-13400.

(Disclaimer : The statistics along with objective analysis are based off publicly available data. All credits go to sisoftware for providing us with the requisite information)

Meet the Intel i5-13400

Intel’s upcoming i5-13400 is powered by 10 (6 P + 4 E) cores and 20 threads making it a massive leap over what Alder Lake offered. You can witness an out-of-the-box stock clock speed of around 2.5GHz which can go as high as 4.54.7GHz (Speculative). Interestingly, the 13400 uses an Alder Lake die because except for the K/KF models, all Raptor Lake CPUs are just a 12th gen refresh.

In the cache department, the i5-13400 packs around 29.5MB (9.5MB L2 + 20MB L3) of cache which is 15% higher than the 12400. The suggested pricing as per sisoftware is around $219, slightly more expensive than last-gen. 


Before getting into the numbers, SiSoftware Sandra is not the best benchmarking software for giving us a performance overview. The metrics you see below may not represent the exact product at launch. All in all, based on the fact that we have these numbers months before launch, they will suffice.

In Vector SIMD tests, the 13400 has a lead of almost 22% as compared to the 12400. One can thank the inclusion of those little cores on this SKU for this increase. Similarly, we see Intel’s 13400 take shots against AMD’s Vermeer based R5 5600. It does lose out more often than not, although it is still a healthy uplift from last generation 

i5-13400 in SiSoftware Sandra | sisoftware

Moving over to Cryptography, the i5-13400 is ahead of the pack this time. It even beats out AMD’s Zen3 offerings. Sisoftware credits this boost in performance to the efficient cores. DDR5 memory is tipped to increase this lead significantly as such tests can change drastically based on the available bandwidth.

i5-13400 in SiSoftware Sandra | sisoftware

Image processing wise, the 13400 smokes its predecessor showing a major increase in performance. The final chips may put AMD’s Raphael CPUs in a tough spot.

These tests love SIMD vectorised compute, and here Intel’s SIMD units show their power – though the Little Atom cores only add 14% uplift over the old ADL (12400) – but this is enough to cement its leadership over AMD’s Zen3 competition and likely match AVX512-enabled Zen4


i5-13400 in SiSoftware Sandra | sisoftware

Value & Pricing

Raptor Lake since launch day has been aimed at taking AMD’s market share in all market segments. Primarily, we will see Intel dominate in the sub $300 category if AMD fails to act accordingly. The i5-13400 for its price offers much more value than the i5-12400. On a current generation-generation basis, an AMD based platform will as a whole cost you much more than Intel owing to the expensive DDR5 memory and AM5 boards.

i5-13400 Price–performance ratio | sisoftware

We expect to see these budget chips showcased during CES 2023. Most companies will target this event to unveil their latest products, a few being;


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.
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