EJ Hardware has released new videos in which they have tested Intel’s Core i9-13900K CPU, which is apparently an engineering sample. The SPEC codes as well as the marking are hidden on this sample so it’s difficult to tell how recent this sample can be and whether it’s the ES1, ES2, or the QS. Considering we are nearing the launch, there is a high probability that this is either eh ES2 or the QS.
MSI Z690 GODLIKE motherboards were used for the testing of the CPU which has been compared to the Core i9-12900K CPU. The system comes with Colorful Gamer RGB DDR5-4800 and GeForce RTX 3090 GPU. EJ Hardware has made use of the Phanteks Glacier One 360 MP solution which comes with the Asetek AIO cooler. This mini review predominantly focuses on comparing the 16-core i9-12900K Alder Lake and the 24-core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPUs.
In AIDA64, with a 4.9 GHz frequency for Performance cores, the i9-13900K remains much cooler as compared to the i9-12900K. The Alder Lake reaches a TDP of 280W and a temperature of 86°C, thus meaning that it requires more power than the Raptor Lake and also runs at a higher temperature. It is important to note that the i9-12900K sample being tested here is the same one that has the AVX512 introduction still enabled.
Interestingly, if both the samples are clocked at the same speeds of 5.2 GHz, the Alder Lake ends up requiring more power. The temperature of Raptor Lake remains 10 degrees lower.
One thing is for sure this sample hasn’t been optimized for gaming. Some titles which have been tested at a 1080p resolution show that the Raptor Lake has managed to stay faster in some instances but slower in others. Even if the Performance cores are unlocked to 5.5 GHz, the CPU still performs slower.
Check out the video below…