ExtremePlayer is now onto testing of two CPUs from the Raptor Lake-S desktop lineup; the Core i7-13700K 16-core CPU and Core i5-13600K 14-core CPU. These CPUs come with a hybrid configuration with Raptor Core as well as Gracemont architectures.
The increase in the number of Efficient cores (almost by half) is what gives an upgraded edge over the Alder Lake parts. Not just more cores, the Raptor Lake models also come with higher boost clocks which go up by 400 MHz for the i7 and 300 MHz for the i5. The L2 cache has also been increased in both parts by almost double as compared to the Alder Lake CPUs. Both models also come with default support for DDR5 memory.
The review is quite comprehensive and shares a transparent comparison between the Raptor Lake 13700K and 13600K parts and the 12700K and 12600K parts. Each of these processors have been tested using two ASRock Steel Legend Z690 motherboards. One motherboard featured DDR5-6400 memory and the other featured DDR4-3200.
In the CPU-Z test, for instance, the i7 shows a massive 10% boost in the single-core test and 34% better results in multi-thread. The i5 shows a boost of 5% in single-core and 41% in multi-thread.
Considering the higher power consumption, the better performance is not a surprise at all. The power consumption reached a whopping 244W on the i7 using the AIDA64 FPU test, which is quite higher than the 188W of 12700K. The same results showed on i5-13600K which has an increased power consumption of 178W, which is 30W more than i5-12600K using the same test.