This week has been full of multiple leaks regarding Intel’s upcoming Raptor Lake CPUs. Surpisingly, these CPUs show great promise as even the i5 variant of the 13th gen overpowers the R9 5950X in single threaded testing.
Today, an i7 has been tested namely the i7-13700K. Do bear in mind this is an Engineering Sample, so performance is expected to improve with the final and finished variants. The test bench features the same ASRock Z690 which was used to test the i5-13600K yesterday indicating these SKUs may have been leaked on purpose. The test used slower DDR4 RAM so the DDR5-RAM based benchmarks could vary by a bit.
The actual CPU features 16 cores out of which 8 are Performance Core and 8 are Efficiency Cores, and 24 Threads. The CPU uses the same 10nm process node as was used last year. Subsequent CPUs (Meteor Lake/14th generation) will use the Intel 4 process (possibly 7nm).
As for the performance metrics, the CPU scores 2090 in single core testing giving it a comfortable 5% lead over the Alder Lake king. Performance is nearly on par with the i9-13900K showing that this generation’s i7 poses some serious threat for AMD’s Zen 4 in the mid-range market.
Those who seek multi tasking performance from their next CPU, Intel will absolutely not let you down as the i7-13700K scores a decent 16542 points. It is to be kept in mind that multi-core performance heavily depends upon thread count. While having just 24 threads, if the i7-13700K can rival the R9 5950X boasting a whopping 32 threads, I would call that a major architectural improvement.
All the K-variants of Intel’s Raptor Lake have been leaked out and will deliver massive gains in performance while keeping efficiency as high as possible thanks to those little efficiency cores. Intel put all eggs in one basket and so far it seems that this methodology of using smaller cores to get around Intel’s initial problems is working rather than stuffing more and more cores into the same chip.