Intel’s Raptor Lake processors have surfaced in a few more leaks, with high-speed rumors surrounding these 13th-gen chips and alleged pre-release samples of the Core i9-13900K and Core i7-13700K being detected – with the latter running at seriously fast 6.2GHz.
Let’s start with that 13700K leak that VideoCardz (opens in new tab) flagged. It consists of a qualifying sample chip (i.e. essentially a finished CPU, sent for testing) compared to CPU-Z clocked at nearly 6.2 GHz (6185 MHz) on all its performance cores (with the efficiency running at 4189 MHz), as shared on Twitter by QXE.
Well because y’all liked me being a rumor so much 🙃13700K QS. pic.twitter.com/pH2kL34JReAugust 2, 2022
Note that this isn’t QXE benchmarking – rather a third party from Discord, so apply a little extra skepticism at this point in addition to the usual caution regarding any leaks – but if it’s genuine, it’s pretty impressive to see the 13700K hit that speed. of the clock. What we don’t know is anything about the cooling used (we’ll come back to that).
Also, the single-core benchmark result on CPU-Z hit 1,010, which is pretty fast, and beats the recent Raptor Lake leaks we’ve seen. Multi-core was less impressive at 11,877, but then hyper-threading was disabled (with the voltage raised to 1,536 Volts in an effort to get a big overclock and single-core result, basically).
Wccftech (opens in new tab) (through VideoCardz (opens in new tab)) also detected a second Raptor Lake leak from Baidu (opens in new tab) (again, apply a lot of spice here) showing a Core i9-13900K engineering sample. This was overclocked to 6GHz, using a voltage similar to the above 13700K (1,546V), but with the efficiency cores disabled. The flagship achieved a score of 976 for single-core on CPU-Z.
The most interesting part with this second spill is seeing the 13900K hit 6GHz using standard cooling, which means nothing exotic, just an all-in-one liquid cooling setup – or so the leaker claims.
Analysis: Raptor Lake looks promising for enthusiasts and tinkerers
It’s really surprising to see that the Core i7-13700K is already being pushed well above the 6GHz mark on all cores, even with the aforementioned caveats – the most notable being that, unlike the 13900K leak, we don’t know what cooling was used. . And there’s a suggestion that the CPU used some sophisticated cooling method beyond traditional means (not as much as liquid nitrogen, mind you, but certainly something robust).
Also, running at this type of voltage (1.5V+) is not really representative of what can be considered reasonable for everyday use with Raptor Lake. What’s good for a short round of benchmarking isn’t necessarily good for constant use, of course, and if you were to continually push a Raptor Lake chip that hard, it would likely start to fray around the edges in no time (unless you got lucky with her silicone).
What we’re trying to say here is don’t expect to buy a 13700K and run it above 6GHz on your PC. However, what this stack of 6GHz overclocks – we’ve seen a number for Raptor Lake now – points out is that 13th-gen CPUs must be good to get good performance. In fact, leaker QXE claims that Raptor Lake will be better than Alder Lake when it comes to running at higher voltages for overclocking, saying, “Also 1.3V should be fine for this generation to cool off, unlike Alder.”
So, these are all promising signs that Raptor Lake will take a considerable step forward in terms of performance, particularly for enthusiasts who will be overclocking their 13th-gen CPU.
Raptor Lake processors are rumored to arrive in October, and if that’s the case, they’ll be beaten at launch by AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs, for which we’ve now heard official confirmation that they’ll arrive before September is out.