Intel Core i9-13900K & Core i5-13600K Review: Raptor Lake Roars

Intel Core i9-13900K & Core i5-13600K: CPU, System, And Browser Benchmarks

When configuring our test systems for this article, we first made sure all firmwares were up to date, then we entered each system's respective BIOS / UEFI and set the board to its "Optimized" or "High performance" defaults. We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set the memory frequency to the maximum officially supported speed for the given platform (without overclocking). The SSDs were then formatted, and Windows 11 Pro was installed and fully updated.

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When the Windows installation was complete, we installed all of the drivers necessary for our components, disabled Auto-Updating and Windows Defender, and installed all of our benchmarking software. When that process was done, we performed a disk clean-up, cleared any temp and prefetch data, processed idle tasks, and optimized all of the SSDs using Windows' built-in utility. Finally, we enabled Windows Focus Assist to minimize any potential interruptions and let the systems reach an idle state before invoking any tests.

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SiSoft SANDRA 2021 Benchmarks

We began our testing with the latest version of SiSoftware's SANDRA 2021, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in sub-system tests that partially comprise the suite with the new Intel 13th Gen Core processors (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and Cache and Memory Latency). All of the scores reported below were taken with the CPUs running at their default settings, with 32GB of DDR5 RAM running at an effective 5,600MHz, in dual-channel mode, on the MSI MPG Z790 Carbon Wi-Fi (with BIOS 7D89v11).

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SANDRA's CPU Arithmetic test puts the Core i5-13600K just north of 412GOp/s with the flagship Core i9-13900K topping 671GOp/s. The Multimedia test has the Core i5-13600K and Core i9-13900K finishing at 1.53Gpix/s and 2.34Gpix/s, respectively, with the higher-end 24-core chip putting up the much higher score. And aggregate memory bandwidth with the two processors hovers between 67GB/s - 70GB/s with the particular Corsair memory kit we used.

AIDA64 Memory Bandwidth, Memory Latency & Cache Latency

AIDA64's CPU Cache and Memory benchmarks measure memory bandwidth during read, write and copy operations, in addition to memory latency, and cache bandwidth and latency.
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With its support for higher-clocked memory versus 12th Gen Core processors, the new Raptor Lake-based 13th Gen Core processors put up the highest memory bandwidth scores of the bunch, for read, write and copy operations.
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While DDR5's higher clocks results in more memory bandwidth versus previous-gen offerings, the higher CAS latency of current DDR5 memory kits results in increased memory latency versus Ryzen 5000 series and 11th Gen Core processors, which use DDR4 memory. Their higher memory frequency does, however, allow the 13th Gen Core processors to put up better memory latency results than AMD's Ryzen 7000 series or Intel's 12th Gen processors.

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Cache latency is somewhat of a mixed bag with Raptor Lake. The 13th Gen Core processors offered similar L1 cache latency to 12th Gen parts, but with much higher L2 latency. Keep in mind, however, that the L2 is twice the capacity, which will result in fewer cache misses. The L3 cache, however, offered much better latency than Alder Lake, likely due to the more intelligent dynamic inclusive/non-inclusive (INI) algo and faster on-chip fabric.

Geekbench v5.4.1 CPU Benchmark With Raptor Lake

In the GeekBench tests, we're stressing only the CPU cores in a system (not the graphics card/GPU), with both single and multi-threaded workloads. The tests are comprised of encryption processing, image compression, HTML5 parsing, physics calculations and other general purpose compute processing workloads.

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The new Core i9-13900K takes the top spot in both the single and multi-threaded tests here, besting AMD's Ryzen 7 7950X, with the Core i5-13600K falling in just behind Intel's previous flagship Core i9-12900K. That's not a bad spot for a $310 processor.

UL PCMark 10 Benchmarks

Next, up we have some full-system testing with PCMark. We're reporting all test results from the PCMark 10 benchmark suite, including the Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation and and total PCMark score. The Essentials test covers workloads like web browsing, video conferencing and app start-up times, while Productivity tests everyday office apps from spreadsheets to word processing. Finally, the Digital Content Creation test evaluates performance of a machine with respect to photo and video editing, as well as rendering and visualization.

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The Core i9-13900K once again takes top honors, even with the varied workloads that comprise the PCMark 10 suite. The Core i5-13600K also performs well, landing ahead of the Ryzen 5000 series processors, but just behind the 7000 series parts and Core i9-12900K.

Bapco Crossmark Testing

Crossmark is a new cross-platform benchmark from Bapco that's available for Windows, Android, iOS and MacOS. Like PCMark, Crossmark measures overall system performance and using real-world applications. It characterizes system responsiveness as well, based on the results of its Creativity and Productivity benchmarks.
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Bapco's Crossmark benchmark suite also has the new Core i9-13900K in the pole position, outrunning the previous leader, the Core i9-12900K. The Core i5-13600K also performed well, lending right in between the more expensive Ryzen 9 7900X and Ryzen 7 7700X.

Browser & Web App Benchmarks: Jetstream 2 And Speedometer 2

Next up, we have some numbers from the Speedometer 2.0 and Jetstream 2 tests available at The Speedometer Benchmark Suite uses a wide array of latency and throughput benchmarks to evaluate web application performance and Jetstream evaluates Javascript and WebAssembly performance; both tests take all of their individual results and tabulate them into a final score.

These benchmarks measure performance of an array of browser-based technologies used on modern, rich web applications. Scores in these benchmark are an indicator of the performance users would see when browsing the web and running advanced web apps. All of the systems were tested using the latest version of Microsoft's Edge browser, with default browser settings, on a clean, fully-updated install of Windows 11.

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The browser-based Jetstream and Speedometer tests had the Core i9-13900K taking the overall lead with the Core i5-13600K finishing in the upper third, besting all of the previous-gen processors and doing battle with Alder Lake and Zen 4.

7-Zip Data Decompression Tests

The 7-Zip benchmark measures compression and decompression performance using the LZMA method, which leverages the Lempel–Ziv–Markov chain algorithm to perform lossless data compression. The benchmark produces a final rating in GIPS (giga instructions per second).

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AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X scores a victory over the Core i9-13900K in 7-Zip, by abut 16% in the multi-threaded test and 10.5% in the single-threaded test. The Core i5-13600K lands about in the middle of the pack, well ahead of the 12th Gen Core i5-12600K, but just behind the Ryzen 7 7700X.

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