CPUsNews

Intel Core i5-13500 Gaming Performance: Nearly as Fast as the i7-12700 at $100 Less, i3-13100 as Fast as the i5-12400

The first reviews of Intel’s 13th Gen non-K budget CPUs are out. Featuring twice as many efficiency cores as 12th Gen and higher boost clocks, DIYers are in for a treat. The Core i5-13400 and 13500 are the highlights of the bunch, with sub-$250 prices and a 65W TDP. We’re looking at six P-cores paired with 4 E-cores for the 13400 and 8 E-cores for the 13500.

Source: Quasar Zone

The non-K Core i5s offer solid gaming performance at a $200 price point, eclipsing the i7-12700 at $100 less. The Core i5-13500 is just a few percent slower than the 12700, while the 13400 lags by a bit under 10%.

The Core i5-13500 comes within striking distance of the i7-12700 in four out of five games. Similarly, the Core i3-13100 levels with the i5-12400, even beating it in certain DirectX 12 titles like Cyberpunk 2077. Meanwhile, for $11 less, the Core i5-13400 is a bit of a misfit with a 4-5% deficit compared to the 13500.

Content creation performance on the Core i5-13500 is similar to gaming, but the i5-13400 and i3-13100 fail to replicate their gaming capabilities. Either way, the 13th Gen non-K lineup will stir things up in the desktop DIY market, possibly leading to additional price cuts across AMD offerings.

Areej

Computer hardware enthusiast, PC gamer, and almost an engineer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.