Intel's Raptor Lake processors are seeing more regular leaks these days, and another engineering sample has just been spotted that suggests fast clock speeds and performance for the flagship chip.

This leak comes in the form of an alleged Core i9-13900K benchmark, with the 24-core processor (with 8 performance cores and 16 efficiency cores) appearing in a Geekbench result.

The result itself is not as great as the clocks the 13900K has been seen to run at, i.e. a 3 GHz base clock and a 5,5 GHz boost. Remember this is still a chip sample from pre-launch, in theory, assuming the benchmark isn't tampered with, so these won't be the final speeds (we're definitely expecting more than the basic clock rate with the finite element).

The leak also shows Turbo (boost) speeds briefly touching 5,7 GHz, which could be a promising indication that maximum boost speeds (for a short time, with Thermal Velocity Boost) could even slip a little further. than that with the ultimate CPU.

After all, we've heard in the past about the Raptor Lake flagship hitting a max boost of 5,8GHz right out of the box, and that kind of talk has been going on for some time now (with some peddlers of rumors even floating around the idea that even faster max boosts could be achieved, although we certainly take this with more skepticism than usual).

As for the Geekbench 5 score itself, it puts the 13900K sampler around 8% and 37% faster than its predecessor for both single-core and multi-core performance, like VideoCardz (opens in a new tab), which detected the result (tagged by BenchLeaks (opens in a new tab)), underlined. However, we cannot read much about it because, as we have already pointed out, it is not the finished processor.

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That's another suggestion that the Core i9-13900K could hit very high speeds with its default settings, not to mention before enthusiasts started messing with it and overclocking the CPU.

The possibilities there could worry AMD, especially when other recent Raptor Lake performance leaks suggest that Intel is onto something more promising than you might think, given that the 13th Gen silicon is supposed to be a simple upgrade from Alder Lake.

That said, AMD is taking a huge leap forward with the next-gen Ryzen 7000 processors, which will be built on an all-new Zen 4 architecture, and Team Red is also looking to usher in big strides with accelerated speeds.

So next-generation processors could be a close battle, and ultimately it's hard to judge based on what has been circulating through the rumours. What could be more concerning for AMD is how quickly Intel could push to keep up with the Raptor with Meteor Lake, on an all-new 7nm process, with speculation pointing to these 14th-gen chips launching. at a later date in the second quarter. of 2023. really put pressure on AMD, if it comes to fruition.

While we should be wary of leaks, it's worth noting that the engineering chip seen here was installed on an Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard, whose BIOS was just updated with support for Raptor Lake processors. That gives this leak a bit more weight in terms of likely authenticity, especially since the specs match another recently previewed 13900K pre-release sampler that showed a 5.5GHz boost.

The fact that there is currently a seemingly constant stream of Raptor Lake leaks is also a positive sign that Intel's 13th Gen CPUs could sneak in sooner than expected. As we recently theorized, that could mean a September release instead of the commonly rumored October timeline, but only time will tell.

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