Core i9-13900K outperforms Core i9-12900K by 5 percent in early gaming benchmarks

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.

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