An alleged Intel Core i9-13900K Qualification Sample (QS) processor has flexed its muscles in a handful of PC games in a video review. The flagship Raptor Lake chip turns out to be one of the best CPUs. The game selection offered a basic overview, but still managed to span the most popular genres and game styles today. With this level of processors and a top notch graphics card, gamers will probably want to play with maximum quality settings. In such situations, the new Raptor Lake QS chip is only about 3-6% faster than its Alder Lake predecessor. However, keep in mind that this is a qualifying example and it appears to have a relatively high peak power consumption.
The first real video review of an Intel Core i9-13900K QS processor surfaced a few days ago. It focused on synthetic and app benchmarks against an Intel Core i9-12900KF (the iGPU-less variant of the Core i9-12900K) on the same platform. It was a key moment in the string of leaks that have been exposing Raptor Lake’s flagship chip bit by bit for several weeks now. The main conclusion was that the next-generation flagship offered an average performance improvement of 10% in single-threaded workloads and 35% in multi-threaded workloads.
Today, the same Bilibili resident TechTuber, Extreme Player (opens in new tab), followed a gaming-focused review. Twitter tech detective Harukaze5791 (opens in new tab) has extracted the entire set of results from the video to provide a clearer and more concise overview of the performance comparisons across the range of games (rather than tabulating games individually).
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A major change from Extreme Player’s synthetic/app testing was the use of a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti to optimize the processors. Otherwise, the specifications were the same as in the last video.
In addition to providing benchmarks for gaming performance, Extreme Player has mapped out some interesting peak power consumption stats. The Core i9-13900K chip sometimes ate significantly more power than its Alder Lake predecessor. The games with the largest difference in peak power between generations did not match the games that achieved the most fps using the newer CPU. Horizon Zero Dawn gaming, for example, showed very few performance gains from the 13th Gen Intel Core processor advances. Still, peak power consumption was at least 28% higher in all three resolutions tested.
These are exciting results for PC gamers to ponder. Still, it’s essential to remember a few things; this is an alleged QS test processor and the results are questionable. The only 13th Gen Core processor that currently enables BIOS Asus (or MSI) is labeled “boot only and is not suitable for performance testing”.