The flagship of the new generation of Intel Central processor was spotted in a leaked benchmark, with the Raptor Lake chip showing good speed.
The Core i9-13900K appeared in PassMark, which Tum_Apisak brought to our attention on Twitter (courtesy Video card (opens in a new tab)), with CPU ranking in four samples.
The 13900K scored 4833 (average) single-threaded performance, which is about 15% faster than its predecessor (and almost 10% faster than the special edition 12900KS). A pretty impressive performance that earns it the top spot in PassMark.
For multi-threading, the 13900K scored 54,433, which is 31% faster than the 12900K and nearly 20% faster than the Ryzen 9 5950X in PassMark’s CPU Score. Again, it’s a good early demo, and has certainly raised some expectations around what Predatory lake flagship can deliver – although we should always be very careful with leaked tests.
Analysis: Promising stuff – and a sign that Raptor Lake is on the way?
Obviously, this is only one set of tests – and four samples, as noted – so there are very many limitations to what we can do. PassMark is also not a benchmark we’re excited to see in leaks, but it does represent a piece of the puzzle as to the 13900K’s overall performance. But this is just one part, not the central element of the jigsaw, many argue.
At the same time, it cannot be denied that the mood displayed here is eye-opening. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have the next-gen Ryzen 7000 CPUs shown on PassMark, which would obviously be the most telling comparison. And that’s a bit surprising, since AMD’s Zen 4 chips are imminent – on September 27th, in fact – and the Raptor Lake silicon hasn’t even been announced yet. (This reveal is believed to take place on the same day the Ryzen 7000 goes on sale, which seems like some clever maneuvering from AMD in terms of taking the wind out of Intel’s sails).
The Raptor Lake chips won’t go on sale until next month – mid-October or so, it seems – but perhaps these benchmarks emerging now are a glimmer of hope that they could debut before October . We’ll see, but at the very least it indicates that Intel’s 13th generation processors aren’t being pushed back from the rumored launch schedule after all.
We already know The 13900K can boost up to 5.8GHz (albeit briefly) in stock, as well as an upcoming chip – believed to be the 13900KS, again likely to arrive as a special edition of a higher-end flagship – set to boost to 6GHz, Intel recently told us. And again, this is standard performance as default, right out of the box.
So Raptor Lake is certainly impressive, but so is AMD’s Zen 4 with its next-gen flagship Ryzen 7950X is already breaking world records in some tests where the top performers used liquid nitrogen – and yet the 7950X ran with standard home-made cooling.