Intel Core i9-13900K Engineering Sample Tested In Games

Famous hardware reviewer, Extreme Player, got its hands on an Intel 13th Gen Core CPU sample, the Core i9-13900K. This is the upcoming K-series CPU, featuring a processor with 24 cores and 32 threads and unlocked power limits. This is only a qualifications sample and not the actual retail processor. However, the performance this sample provides is pretty close to what will be delivered on the actual version which will be released soon.

Core i9 13900K vs 12900KF

Some results were published following testing using synthetic benchmarks where the Core i9-13900K was up against the Core i9-12900KF processor. The results showed that in some tests, the Raptor Lake was able to score almost 10% higher in single core and 35% more in multi core as compared to the Alder Lake.

The major performance difference comes in from the higher core count with Raptor Lake featuring 16 Efficient cores. Apart from this, both processors are designed to be used on the same platform and are based on the same node. That said, it is also noteworthy that higher single-core performance is attributed to higher frequencies that the Raptor Lake achieves.

The other half of the review mainly focuses on the gaming performance. To put the processor to test, it has been tested using a couple of games like Horizon-Zero Dawn, Red Dead Redemption 2, FarCry 6, Forza Horizon 5, Monster Hunter: Rise, and PUBG. Benchmarks have also been tested using the Final Fantasy Endwalker, CSGO and 3DMark Timespy, and Firestrike tests. The platform used here for testing is the ASUS ROG Z690 Extreme motherboard with features a DDR5-6400 memory of 32 GB. The graphics card used here is MSI’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti SUPRIM X with a power supply of 1500W.

13900K vs 12900KF Relative Harukaze

In almost all of the tests, the Raptor Lake CPU has managed to give better performance, giving it the best shot in CPU-bound benchmarks like the 3DMark Physics. Depending on the resolution played with, the minimum frame rates have also shown remarkable increase ranging between 11% and 28%. The same data was also used by @harukaze, who managed to group it by resolution alongside maximum, minimum , and average frame rates. With a resolution of 1080p which is mostly used for gaming tests, the sample Core i9-13900K appeared 4.46% faster.

Power consumption also plays a huge factor in games. The CPU consumption is almost always at peak during gaming tests. The lower to higher consumption goes from 3W all the way till 44W but regardless of the resolution chosen, some games will still show higher power consumption no matter what.

We are looking forward to Intel announcing its 13th Gen Core desktop series in September, which means it will probably be available by October. As we approach the launch, it will become clearer how close to actual performance these test results are.

13900K power