Intel strikes back with more power and cores in Raptor Lake

Intel ‘s  13th generation  offers more cores than ever before.

Intel ‘s 13th generation of processors , known as Raptor Lake , comes shortly after Ryzen 7000 and we’re happy to say that it’s up to the task in this competitive environment.

We tested the Intel Core i9-13900K and the Intel Core i5-13600K . This has been our experience.

Intel 13th Gen sticks to socket 1700 so it is compatible with boards for Alder Lake with a BIOS update . That’s what we did with the MSI Z690 A- Pro .

Another positive note is that DDR4 compatibility is preserved , a factor that favors the wallet with even more expensive DDR5 modules , but at a drop in price.

With DDR5 , Intel expands support from 4,800 MT/s to 5,600 MT/s. In our case, we tested the Intel Core i9-13900K and Intel Core i5-13600K with 5,200 MHz T-Force Vulcan RAM.

Intel Raptor Lake: A Leap in Productivity

This generation of Intel offers a lot more threads with the Intel Core i5-13600K carrying 20. Yes, 20. Under the mixed design we see from 2021, Intel includes 6 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores.

With the Intel Core i9-13900K we also see a larger offering with 32 threads contained in the eight performance cores and 16 efficiency.

The result? Intel does very well in benchmarks.

The Core i9-13900K comes in at 39,151 in Cinebench R23 Multi Core, giving it a good lead over the Ryzen 9 7950X .

In turn, the Intel Core i5-13600K is positioned above the Ryzen 7 7700X

There is no doubt that the offer of more Intel cores is felt in these tests.

When we evaluate Single Core , the Intel Core i9-13900K ranks very well in Cinebench R23, although AMD remotely in Geekbench .

In Corona Render , the Intel Core i9-13900K is very close to the Ryzen 9 7950X and above the Ryzen 9 7900X .

But the best news for Intel comes with the Core i5-13600K , above the Ryzen 7 7700X .

At Blender Benchmark we see the Ryzen 9 7950X at the top, but with Intel ‘s proposal not far behind. And yes, the Core i5 beats the Ryzen 7 again .

Intel Raptor Lake: Is it worth it?

Years ago AMD began its resurrection by offering more cores to users. In 2022, Intel has a similar strategy based on a very robust offer.

The Intel Core i5-13600K proves that you don’t have to upgrade to an i7 or Ryzen 7 for productivity tasks and smooth gaming. A mid-range champion.

And the Core i9-13900K shows that Intel holds its own at the top of the range.

The best thing comes with compatibility, with the possibility of opting for DDR4 RAM and using the Z690 or B660 boards only with a BIOS update , making this upgrade more digestible.