Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs are seeing more regular leaks these days, and another piece of engineering has just been spotted, suggesting fast clock speeds and performance for the main chip.
This leak comes in the form of an alleged Core i9-13900K benchmark, with the 24-core processor (with 8 performance cores and 16 efficiency cores) appearing in a Geekbench result.
The result itself is not as important as the clocks the 13900K has been seen running at, namely a base clock of 3GHz and a boost of 5.5GHz. Mind you, this is still a pre-release sample chip – in theory, assuming the benchmark isn’t faked – so these won’t be the final speeds (we’d certainly expect more from the base clock frequency with the finished item).
The leak also shows Turbo (boost) speeds briefly touching 5.7 GHz, which could be a promising indication that maximum boost speeds (for a short time, with Thermal Velocity Boost) might even give it a whirl. higher than with the final CPU.
After all, in the past we’ve heard about the Raptor Lake flagship hitting a max boost of 5.8GHz immediately max boosts can be hit – although we definitely take that with more skepticism than usual).
As for the Geekbench 5 score itself, it puts the 13900K sample at around 8% and 37% faster than its predecessor for both single-core and multi-core performance as VideoCardz (opens in new tab)that detected the result (signaled by BenchLeaks (opens in new tab)), highlights. However, we can’t read much about it because, as already mentioned, it’s not the finished CPU.
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This is another suggestion, then, that the Core i9-13900K can hit some seriously robust speeds in its default configuration, let alone before enthusiasts start fiddling with it and overclocking the CPU.
The possibilities might have AMD worried, especially when other recent leaks about Raptor Lake’s performance suggest that Intel is on to something more promising than you might think, as 13th-gen silicon is supposedly a simple upgrade from Alder Lake.
That said, AMD is taking a big step forward with the next-gen Ryzen 7000 processors, which will be built on an all-new Zen 4 architecture – with Team Red also looking to take big steps forward with increased speeds.
Next-gen CPUs can be a fierce battle, and in the end, it’s hard to judge based on what’s floating around in the rumor mill. What might be more concerning for AMD is how quickly Intel can move forward to keep up with Raptor with Meteor Lake – in an all-new 7nm process – with speculation pointing to these 14th-gen chips starting sometime during the second. quarter of 2023. really put pressure on AMD if it comes to fruition.
While we need to be wary of any leaks, it’s worth noting that the engineering chip seen here was installed on an Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard, which has just had its BIOS updated with support for Raptor Lake CPUs. That gives this leak a little more weight in terms of its likely authenticity, particularly as the specs match another recently spotted 13900K pre-release sample that showed a 5.5GHz boost.
The fact that there’s a seemingly constant stream of Raptor Lake leaks now is also a positive sign that Intel’s 13th-gen processors may come out sooner than expected. As we’ve recently theorized, this could mean a September release rather than the commonly touted October period, but only time will tell.