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8.2 GHz and Beyond: Core i9-13900K is An Extreme Overlocker’s Dream

Intel made the impossible possible. While looking down the barrel of Ryzen 4’s launch, they’ve managed to do something they couldn’t (or were forced to) these days: offering incredible performance at an amazing price. If you’re such an overclocker, the new 13th Gen ‘Raptor Lake’ chips will easily give you speeds as high as 7 GHz on multiple cores, or 8 GHz and above on a single core.

The top-of-the-line Core i9-13900K is the one I bumped up to 8.2 GHz and has an MSRP of just $589 (though it’s now over $600 in many places). Let’s not forget the not too distant days of Intel Extreme Edition. The top dog in the mainstream or recently deceased high-end desktop segment has always been $999 to $1099. With 24 cores and 32 threads and nearly half the price of the Core i9-13900K, it’s a win-win for consumers.

While some would argue that the lower core count Core i5-13600K and Core i7-13700K are the true price/performance winners, I would lift my silver spoon, raise my pinky finger, and go for the top dog 13900K (or top I would like to enjoy Dinosaur. Let’s overclock this.

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

As a professional overclocker, I look forward to taking on new challenges with each new hardware release. However, in this case, Raptor lake overclocking is exactly the same as Alder lake overclocking. Please don’t cry for me yet More on that later.

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