Intel’s next-gen flagship processor was spotted in a benchmark leak, and the Raptor Lake chip showed a good spin.
Core i9-13900K appeared in PassMark, which Tum_Apisak drew our attention to on Twitter (courtesy of VideoCardz (opens in a new tab)), and the processor is judged from four test runs.
The 13900K scored 4,833 (average) in single-threaded performance, which is about 15% faster than its predecessor (and almost 10% faster than the 12900KS special edition). Pretty impressive performance that ranks first in the PassMark rankings here.
For multithreading, the 13900K scored 54,433 points, which is 31% faster than the 12900K, and even almost 20% faster than the Ryzen 9 5950X in the PassMark CPU classification. Again, it’s a good start and has certainly raised some expectations on what Raptor Lake’s flagship can deliver – though we should always be very careful with benchmark leaks.
Analysis: Promising stuff – and a sign that Raptor Lake is coming soon?
Obviously, this is only one test set – and four sample runs as mentioned – so there’s a very big limit to what we can deduce here. The PassMark is also not the benchmark we enjoy most about leaks, but it is nevertheless a piece of the puzzle when it comes to the overall performance of the 13900K. But that’s just – one piece, not the central piece of the puzzle, many would argue.
At the same time, it cannot be denied that the type of lifting demonstrated here is eye-opening. Unfortunately, we don’t have any next-gen Ryzen 7000 processors arriving on PassMark yet, which of course would make the most informative comparison. And that’s a bit weird since AMD’s Zen 4 chips are coming out soon – September 27, in fact – and Raptor Lake’s silicon has yet to be revealed. (The disclosure is believed to occur the same day the Ryzen 7000 goes on sale, which appears to be some sneaky maneuver by AMD in removing wind from Intel’s sails.)
The Raptor Lake chips won’t be available for sale until next month – seemingly in mid-October or so – but perhaps those benchmarks emerging now are a spark of hope that they can debut earlier in October, not later. We will see, but at least it indicates that Intel’s 13th generation processors are not lagging behind their alleged launch schedule anyway.
We already know that the 13900K could go up to 5.8GHz (albeit briefly) in stock, and the future chip – possibly the 13900KS, which is likely to reappear as a special richer edition of the flagship – is expected to accelerate to 6GHz, Intel recently informed us. Again, it is on the stock exchange as default, right out of the box.
Raptor Lake certainly shapes up impressively, but much like AMD’s Zen 4, with the new-gen Ryzen 7950X flagship already breaking world records in some benchmarks where top players used liquid nitrogen – and yet the 7950X worked with the standard one you can do at home .