The first reviews of the Intel Core i5-13600K and the i7-13700K have surfaced. Unlike previously leaked figures, these are retail chips and should be a smidge faster. Before we begin, here’s a recap. The 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs double the E-core counts and the P-core cache (1MB>2MB per core). The rest is essentially the same as Alder Lake. This pre-launch review comes from Enthusiast Citizen on Bilibili, who has thoroughly tested Intel’s upcoming desktop processors.
The Ryzen 7 7700X has a clear and consistent lead over the Core i7-13700K when gaming at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. It’s faster than the Core i5-13600K and the 13700K in CS: GO, PUBG, Naraka, Apex: Legends, and Horizon: Zero Dawn.
In Far Cry 6, the Core i7-13700K and the Ryzen 7 7700X are tied across all three resolutions, as in Red Dead Redemption 2, where all four CPUs average roughly in the same ballpark.
Content creation workloads, mainly rendering, heavily favor the Core i7-13700K because of the additional efficiency cores. Even the Core i5-13600K beats the Ryzen 7 7700X in the Cinebench multi-threaded benchmarks. Similarly, Blender favors Intel’s hybrid core processors over AMD’s single-threaded Zen 4 grunt.
The PugetBench suite is an exciting exception. In all three benchmarks, namely Da Vinci, PhotoShop, and Premiere Pro, the Ryzen 7 7700X comes out on top with a distinct margin.
7-Zip’s LZMA compression algorithm has a taste for both single-threaded and multi-threaded goodness. In this case, the Ryzen 7 7700X edges past the Core i5-13600K but is beaten by the 13700K fair and square.
Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake family is looking pretty competitive. Courtesy of the additional E-cores, it’ll make up for what it lacks in single-threaded performance in heavily threaded workloads. Bottomly, the two lineups’ overall performance is within the same ballpark, but the increased competition should lead to better pricing.