Intel’s Raptor Lake processors have appeared in a few more leaks, kicking the rumor mill into high gear around these 13th-generation chips, and spotting alleged pre-release samples of the Core i9-13900K and Core i7-13700K – with the latter running at a seriously fast 6.2GHz.
Let’s start with that 13700K leak that VideoCardz (opens in new tab) marked. It consists of a qualifying sample chip (which essentially means a completed CPU shipped for testing) benchmarked against CPU-Z while being clocked at nearly 6.2GHz (6185MHz) across all of its performance cores (with the efficiency- cores at 4189 MHz), as shared on Twitter by QXE.
Well, because you guys liked it so much I was a rumor mill 🙃13700K QS. pic.twitter.com/pH2kL34JReAugust 2, 2022
Note that this isn’t QXE’s benchmarking – rather a third party from Discord, so apply a little extra skepticism at this point on top of the usual caution around any leak – but if it’s real, it’s pretty impressive to see the 13700K that reaches clock speed. What we don’t know is something about the cooling used (we’ll get to that).
In addition, the single-core benchmark result on CPU-Z reached 1,010, which is very fast, surpassing the recent Raptor Lake leaks we’ve seen. Multi-core was less impressive at 11,877, but then hyper-threading was turned off (with the voltage soaring to 1,536 volts in an attempt to basically get a big overclocking and single-core result).
Wccftech (opens in new tab) (via VideoCardz (opens in new tab)) also saw a second Raptor Lake leak from Baidu (opens in new tab) (again, apply copious spice here) with a tech sample Core i9-13900K. This was overclocked to 6GHz, with a similar voltage to the 13700K above (1.546V), but with the efficiency cores turned off. The flagship achieved a score of 976 for single-core in CPU-Z.
The most interesting thing about this second spill is that the 13900K reaches 6GHz with standard cooling, which means nothing exotic, just an all-in-one liquid cooling setup – at least that’s what the leaker claims.
Analysis: Raptor Lake looks promising for enthusiasts and tinkerers
It’s a real eye-opener to see that the Core i7-13700K is already being pushed well above the 6GHz mark across all cores, even with the caveats mentioned – most notably, unlike the 13900K leak, we’re do not know which cooling was used. And there’s some suggestion that the CPU has used some fancy cooling method beyond traditional means (not nearly as far as liquid nitrogen, mind, but something solid for sure).
Plus, running at that kind of voltage (1.5V+) isn’t really representative of what might be considered reasonable for everyday use with Raptor Lake. Which is fine for a short benchmark run, of course, isn’t necessarily good for constant use, and if you were constantly pushing a Raptor Lake chip that hard it would probably start to fray around the edges for too long (unless you got lucky with your silicone). ).
What we’re trying to say here is don’t expect to buy a 13700K and run it at over 6GHz on your PC. However, what this stack of 6GHz overclocks points out – we’ve now seen some for Raptor Lake – is that 13th-gen CPUs have to be good to juice up nicely. Indeed, the 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 good for this gen for cooling as opposed to Alder.”
So these are all promising signs that Raptor Lake will take a big step forward in performance, especially for those enthusiasts who are about to overclock their 13th-gen CPU.
Rumor has it that Raptor Lake processors will arrive in October, and if that turns out to be the case, they’ll be beaten by AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs for which we’ve now heard official confirmation that they’ll arrive before September is out.