13th Gen Intel Core arrives with up to 24 cores and much more performance – APK Games

The day has come! After some rumors and leaks, the Intel announced, on Tuesday (27), the first 13th generation Core processors (Raptor Lake). There are six models in this batch, all for desktops. The most powerful of the bunch is the Intel Core i9-13900Ka monster with 24 cores and 32 threads.

13th generation Intel Core chip (image: publicity/Intel)

The new chips continue the hybrid approach that Intel introduced in 12th generation models. This means that we also find performance (P) and energy-efficient (E) cores here.

If we take the aforementioned Intel Core i9-13900K processor as an example, we will see that it has eight P cores and 16 E cores. They are complemented with a set of 32 threads, as you already know.

At this point, you might be wondering if the chip shouldn’t have 48 threads. In fact, Intel followed the logic of implementing a number of threads corresponding to twice the total number of cores. But that policy changed starting with the 12th generation chips. Now there are two threads for each E core and one thread for each P core.

13th generation Core processor (image: publicity/Intel)
13th generation Core processor (image: publicity/Intel)

send more cores

The fact that Raptor Lake chips are a continuation of the work started in the previous generation doesn’t mean there aren’t important advances here. Just remember that 12th generation desktop processors have up to 16 cores. In the new one, as has already become clear, there are up to 24. In summary, this aspect looks like this:

  • Core i9: eight more cores and eight threads
  • Core i7: four more cores and four threads
  • Core i5: four more cores and four threads

It is obvious that this increment has an effect on performance. As an example, Intel says that compared to the AMD Ryzen 8 59050X, the Core i9-13900K was 6% faster in running the game World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. In Marvel’s Spider-Man Remasteredthe performance was 58% higher in this comparison.

We have to wait for independent tests to be sure about performance, as usual. But overall, Intel points out that the new processors are up to 24% faster in gaming and up to 34% faster in creative tools than their AMD counterparts.

There is also performance gain indoors. Intel explains that the Core i9-13900K is about 15% faster than the Core i9-12900K (12th Gen, mind you) in single-threaded operations. In multiple threads, the increment is 41%.

It’s not just the increase in cores that contributes to this. Other technical advances as well. For example, the new high-performance Raptor Cove cores have been optimized over the previous generation to support an additional clock rate of up to 600 MHz.

It doesn’t end there. The cache memory amounts of Raptor Lake chips have been expanded. If we again use the Core i9-13900K as a reference, we will see that it has 32 MB of L2 cache; the Core i9-12900K comes with 14 MB.

Also note that the Intel Thread Director system has been improved. This is technology that monitors the execution of instructions in real time to help the operating system distribute workloads across cores.

13th generation Core processor (image: publicity/Intel)
13th generation Core processor (image: publicity/Intel)

The first 13th generation Cores

Here is the list of the first 13th Gen Intel Core processors. Note that models with the letter ‘F’ at the end of the name do not have an integrated GPU. The letter ‘K’, present in the name of all chips, indicates unlocking for overclocking:

Model cores threads Clock (GHz) Boost 3.0 (GHz) L3 + L2 (MB) Voltage / turbo (W) Graphics / Frequency (MHz)
Core i9-13900K 24 (8 P + 16 E) 32 3 (P) /
2.2 (E)
up to 5.7 36 + 32 125 / 253 UHD 770 / 1650
Core i9-13900KF 24 (8 P + 16 E) 32 3 (P) /
2.2 (E)
up to 5.7 36 + 32 125 / 253
Core i7-13700K 16 (8 P + 8 E) 24 3.4 (P) /
2.4 (E)
up to 5.4 30 + 24 125 / 253 UHD 770 / 1,600
Core i7-13700KF 16 (8 P + 8 E) 24 3.4 (P) /
2.4 (E)
up to 5.4 30 + 24 125 / 253
Core i5-13600K 14 (6 P + 8 E) 20 3.5 (P) /
2.6 (E)
24 + 20 125 / 181 UHD 770 / 1,550
Core i5-13600KF 14 (6 P + 8 E) 20 3.5 (P) /
2.6 (E)
24 + 20 125 / 181

Let it be clear that all these chips support PCIe 4.0 and 5.0 standards, DDR4 memories (yes, they were not abandoned), DDR5-5200 and DDR5-5600, in addition to Wi-Fi 6E.

The socket has not changed. The LGA 1700 continues to be present here. Incidentally, motherboards released for Alder Lake processors (12th generation) are compatible with the new chips.

Despite this, the new generation is accompanied by the new 700 series of chipsets, especially the Z790 model. Among other qualities, the chipset increases connectivity features, ensuring support for the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gb/s) standard, for example.

The manufacturing process is Intel 7the company’s current 10-nanometer technology.

13th Gen Intel: Availability and Pricing

In the United States, official sales of the new Intel Core processors begin on October 20th. The suggested prices there are:

  • Core i9-13900K: $589
  • Core i9-13900KF: $564
  • Core i7-13700K: $409
  • Core i7-13700KF: $384
  • Core i5-13600K: $319
  • Core i5-13600KF: US$ 294

About Brazil, there is still no arrival information here.


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