The first gaming benchmark of Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S flagship has surfaced. The Core i9-13900K was spotted in the “Ashes of the Singularity” benchmark database alongside the Radeon RX 6900 XT and 32GB of (probably) DDR5 memory. The game was tested at 4K using the “Crazy” preset using the Microsoft DirectX 12 API (AoTS also features DX11, OpenGL, and Vulkan).
The Core i9-13900K/Radeon RX 6900 XT managed to score an impressive 204.7 FPS on average, leading everything else in the database by a sizable margin. The Ryzen 9 5950X and the Core i9-12900K, comparison score “just” 143.5 FPS and 165.3 FPS, respectively. This confers the Raptor Lake top chip with a lead of more than 40% over the 5950X and 23-25% over its predecessor.
It’s worth noting that this will be one of the largest gains in gaming workloads as Ashes utilizes as many cores (and threads) as you throw at it. The fact that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D gets squished (beaten by ~70%) by the 24-core Raptor Lake part is a clear indication of that. Most games like more cache and higher clock speeds over cores which is why Intel’s 13th Gen family will see minimal gains in this segment. AMD’s strategy of increasing the core clocks and adding 3D cache to its Zen 4 chips is likely going to put them ahead of their blue rivals this generation.