Intel Core i9-13900K, the 13th Gen Raptor Lake flagship CPU, specs, price, performance and availability – everything we know so far

Intel Core i9-13900K will be the flagship chip of the 13th generation Raptor Lake Desktop CPU family that will support the LGA 1700/1800 socket platform. Like its predecessor, Alder Lake, the Raptor Lake chip will adopt a similar hybrid architecture design consisting of P-cores and E-cores, but with more cores, higher clocks and a larger cache for faster performance.

Intel Core i9-13900K CPU: The 13th Gen Raptor Lake desktop flagship with 24 cores and over 5.5GHz clock speeds

[Updated- 02/07/22]

While we’ve already described what Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake and Z790 Platform here to the table, I believe the fastest chip in the lineup deserves its own roundup. Intel’s Raptor Lake isn’t a massive architectural upgrade, but a refinement of the existing Alder Lake design that will tempt gamers and content creators with more of just about anything. The Core i9-13900K, the flagship of this lineup, will have to prove it’s the real deal by showing not only a decent CPU performance boost over the Core i9-12900K, but also against AMD’s Ryzen 7000 flagship chip. based on the Zen 4 core.

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs Expected Features:

  • Up to 24 cores and 32 wires
  • Brand new Raptor Cove CPU cores (higher P-Core IPC)
  • Based on 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ process node
  • Supported on existing LGA 1700 motherboards
  • Dual-channel DDR5-5600 memory support
  • 20 PCIe Gen 5 lanes
  • Improved overclocking features
  • 125W PL1 TDP (Flagship SKUs)

Intel hasn’t officially confirmed the Core i9-13900K CPU component yet, but there are multiple leaks confirming its existence and also the fact that the chip will get an even faster ‘Special Edition’ variant with even higher clock speeds. So with that said, let’s get on with the specs.

Intel Raptor Lake vs AMD Raphael Desktop CPUs Comparison ‘Expected’

CPU family AMD Raphael (RPL-X) Intel Raptor Lake (RPL-S)
Process node TSMC 5nm Intel 7
architecture Zen 4 (Chiplet) Raptor Cove (P core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
Cores / Wires Up to 16/32 Up to 24/32
Total L3 cache 64 MB (+3D V cache) 36MB
Total L2 cache 16MB 32MB
Total cache 80MB 68MB
Max bells (1T) ~5.8GHz ~5.8GHz
Memory support DDR5 DDR5/DDR4
Memory channels 2 channel (2DPC) 2 channel (2DPC)
Memory Speeds DDR5-5600 DDR5-5600
DDR4-3200
Platform Support 600 series (X670E/X670/B650/A620) 600 series (Z690/H670/B650/H610)
700 series (Z790/H770/B760)
PCIe Gen 5.0 Both GPU and M.2 (extreme chipsets only) Both GPU and M.2 (700 series only)
Integrated graphics card AMD RDNA 2 Intel Iris Xe
Wall outlet AM5 (LGA1718) LGA 1700/1800
TDP (maximum) 170W (TDP)
230W (PPT)
125W (PL1)
240W+ (PL2)
launch 2H 2022 2H 2022

Intel Core i9-13900K ‘Raptor Lake’ CPU Specifications

In terms of specifications, the Intel Core i9-13900K CPU offers a total of 24 cores and 32 threads. These are divided into an 8+16 configuration with 8 P-Cores based on the Raptor Cove and 16 E-Cores based on the Gracemont core architecture. All these cores are fabricated on the 10nm ESF or ‘Intel 7’ process node. Since the chip will contain more cores and cache with the same process node, the total die size would be slightly larger than Alder Lake’s C0 desktop die.

As for cache, the Intel Core i9-13900 Raptor Lake CPU has 16 MB L2 cache for the P-Cores (2 MB per core) and 16 MB L2 cache for the E-cores (4 MB per cluster of 4 cores) . This will give us a total of 32MB of L2 cache which when combined with the L3 cache will give us a total of 68MB of cache which is claimed to be referred to as ‘Game Cache’.

A leaked CPU-z screenshot showing an Intel Core i9-13900K Engineering Sample CPU. (Image Credits: Chishell Forums)

The exact clock speeds are unknown at this time, but we’ve seen examples from 4.0 (ES1) to 5.5 GHz (ES3). Current rumors expect the single-core clocks to go up to 5.8GHz for the latter retail portion, while the all-core boost is expected to hit 5.4-5.5GHz. The CPU will have a based TDP of 125W (PL1) and a PL2 TDP (or MTP – Maximum Turbo Power) of approximately 250W. The actual figure would be around 253W at max, which will be 12W higher than the Core i9-12900KS.

Like Alder Lake, Intel Raptor Lake CPUs, including the Core i9-13900K, will not offer AVX-512 support as it has been removed from current and future mainstream processors. The CPU also offers enhanced DDR5 memory support while retaining DDR4 support. The DDR5 memory is natively supported at speeds of up to 5600 MT/s and speeds of over 8000 MT/s can be expected once Raptor Lake hits the market.

On the other hand, the CPU gets some improved overclocking features such as the following:

  • Added per-core OC TVB support
  • Added OC TVB Support Package
  • Efficient TVB support added

Recently, OneRaichu, who has been at the forefront of tracking Intel CPU rumors, pointed out that 13th-generation Raptor Lake CPUs may include one SKU that can have a turbo clock speed of up to 6 GHz, the Intel Core i9-13900KS. This would make Raptor Lake the first x86 CPU family to offer a clock frequency that will break the 6 GHz barrier. Knowing that AMD is going all out with their own Zen 4 powered Ryzen 7000 chips in the clock department with 5.5 GHz+ is achieved over several threads and rumors of 5.6-5.8GHz single-core clocks in the airit looks like Intel will just unleash everything it’s capable of with Raptor Lake.

Intel Core i9-13900KS CPU Specifications ‘Preliminary’:

CPU name Intel Core i9-13900KS Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-12900KS Intel Core i9-12900K
Process node 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’ 10nm ESF ‘Intel 7’
P-Core Architecture Raptor Cove Raptor Cove Golden Bay Golden Bay
E-Core Architecture Gracemont Gracemont Gracemont Gracemont
Hybrid configuration 8+16 8+16 8+8 8+8
Cores/Wires (Max) 24/32 24/32 16/24 16/24
Basic clock To be determined To be determined 3.4GHz 3.2GHz
monocore boost ~6.0GHz ~5.8GHz 5.5GHz 5.2GHz
All Core Boost ~5.6GHz ~5.4GHz 5.2GHz 5.0GHz
Memory support (native) DDR5-5600 DDR5-5600 DDR5-4800 DDR5-4800
L2 cache 32MB 32MB 14MB 14MB
L3 cache 36MB 36MB 30MB 30MB
TDP (PL1) 150W 125W 150W 125W
TDP (PL2) 253W 253W 241W 241W
Price (list price) ~$750 US ~$599 US $739 US $589 US
launch 2H 2022 2H 2022 2H 2021 2H 2021

Intel Core i9-13900K ‘Raptor Lake’ CPU Performance

In the performance section, Intel has officially stated that the Raptor Lake CPUs deliver a two-digit performance boost. They didn’t specify whether this is single-core or multi-core, but based on recent leaks, we can see that the performance bump mainly comes in the multi-threaded part thanks to the increased number of cores, but single-core performance also gets a decent amount. bump thanks to the raised clocks and cache.

Intel’s Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake ES1 CPU is largely comparable to the Intel Core i9-12900K clocked at 4.0GHz, but the ES3 CPU gets 7% faster in single- and 28% faster in multi-thread tests. It also delivers 34% higher single-threaded and 21% higher multi-threaded performance compared to the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. Now AMD is expected to get an additional > 15% single-threaded IPC uplift and an overall >35% multi-threaded uplift, coming from a combination of architectural and clock improvements, gen-over-gen with Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 CPUs so it will be a very close battle between the two flagships.

In terms of gaming performance, Intel Core i9-13900K CPU is said to be the better chip when it comes to running games. We’re told the CPU will reclaim the gaming crown from AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D for a short while before AMD fires back with its 3D V-Cache lineup expected to debut this year too

Intel Core i9-13900K ‘Raptor Lake’ Price & Availability

Intel’s pricing strategy when starting the 12th Gen Alder Lake lineup was very aggressive and that certainly helped them sell enough units to get started. making a dent in AMD’s Ryzen market share and its earnings† Segments such as the Core i5 and Core i7 appear in the ‘Top 10 sellers’ on various NA & EU based retailers, but the top Core i9 parts are what enthusiasts settle for.

It is likely that Intel will keep the prices of its chips going into the future. Intel only increased the price by $50 US when they doubled the number of cores from 8 on the Core i9-11900K ($539 US SEP) to 16 on the Core i9-12900K ($589 US SEP). Since Raptor Lake is not a doubling and is primarily a refinement of Alder Lake, we can expect prices to remain the same, reaching the $599 US mark at most. AMD’s flagship will likely cost around $700-$800 US, meaning Intel could have a big head start in the price-performance segment.

In terms of launch and availability, Intel 13th generation Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs are expected to launch in the second half of 2022 alongside the 700 series chipset family. The launch is reportedly set for Q4 2022, meaning we could see these chips in action at the earliest by September or October, which would also be just in time for the next-gen AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs† Both AMD and Intel will be pushing their flagship CPUs on their respective flagship platforms, so we can’t wait to see the final battle in a few months.

Are you planning to upgrade your Alder Lake CPU to Raptor Lake as soon as it hits the market?


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