Intel's Raptor Lake is really in full swing with leaks as another one has just surfaced, but the latest leaked test results aren't from the 13th gen flagship chip, as many have been lately, but from a range model middle of the chip giant. incoming line of next generation processors.

To be specific, what we see here is a supposed benchmark of the Intel Core i5-13600K, a processor that will be the choice of many buyers as a more affordable option than Core i7 or i9 processors.

The leak was spotted by VideoCardz (Opens in a new tab) and is another case that was shared via Bilibili in China, this time courtesy of Enthusiastic Citizen (Opens in a new tab). The claim is that the 13600K processor in question is an ES3 or Engineering Sample 3, meaning it is a later pre-release chip.

However, Enthusiastic Citizen claims that the ES3 processor runs on the same clocks as a QS or Qualified Sample, in other words, the pre-release models that are essentially the final version, shipped to Intel partners for testing, so which should give us a good idea of ​​the final performance (arm yourself with very pronounced skepticism considering all this, of course).

This means that the engineering sample ran from 4,9 GHz to 5,1 GHz on its performance cores, but Enthusiastic Citizen bumped it up to 5,1 GHz on all cores to simulate the final chip (efficiency cores are also have increased from 3,9 GHz to 4 GHz as well).

In case you forgot, the Core i5-13600K is supposed to have six performance cores and eight efficiency cores, which means it's a total 14 core chip (with 20 threads, because only the performance cores have hyperprocessing).

Benchmarking was done in CPU-Z and Cinebench, and in the former, the 13600K hit 830 points single-core and 10,031 points multi-core, 8% and 79% faster than its predecessor, the current 12600K, respectively. .

Looking at Cinebench R23, we see that the 13600K achieves 1.387 points single core and 24.420 multicore. That's 40% faster for multicore compared to 12600K, but the single core result turned sour here as it's actually 26% slower for the Raptor Lake chip.

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Clearly, something fishy is going on with this first Cinebench result, as a next-gen processor that is 26% slower than the chip it replaces is obviously not correct. This reminds us that pre-market silicon benchmarking, especially in a scenario where an engineering chip has been hardened to match the assumed frequency of a qualifying sample, is a veritable minefield of challenges.

Still, the other results provided here fall more or less where we expected. Seeing a 40% increase in multicore is very impressive, and lines up exactly with another leak where the flagship Core i9-13900K also achieved that same 40% generational leap, adding a bit more weight to the evidence. presented here.

It's a good sign to see such predicted performance gains for a mid-range Raptor Lake processor, and we can certainly expect better multi-core performance from 13th-gen chips given that Intel is actually supposed to increase the total number of cores by doubling about efficiency cores in the 13600K (and 13900K).

However, these early leaks also indicate that power consumption spikes with Raptor Lake, and Enthusiastic Citizen theorizes that the 13600K could run at a TDP of 160W (not a world of difference from the 150K's 12600W, but it's a small step anyway).

One of the most exciting things to see right now is the sudden increase in leaks around sample Raptor Lake processors, often seen as the launch of a new generation of silicon approaches. Intel 13th Gen chips are rumored to arrive in early October, theoretically after a late September launch event, and the steady stream of Raptor Lake spills happening right now suggests that will be the time. case.

The main question then is whether AMD will be able to beat Intel with the release of Ryzen 7000 before then – at the moment the rumor seems to believe that both next-gen CPU lines are set to debut around the same time. , in September. AMD will take a large amount of water in addition to the territory of the middle range if this filtering results will be profitable, because Team Red does not leak the lujo de llegar tarde con Zen 4.

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