Intel’s Raptor Lake non-K processors won’t launch until 2023. However, Vietnamese retailer Nguyen Cong Computer (via) momomo_us (opens in new tab)) already have some in stock, including the Core i5-13400F and the Core i5-13400. The retailer has reviewed two of his 65W chips as mentioned above. These are retail units, so the results show the final performance of the processor.
The Core i5-13400 comes with a 10 core, 16 thread configuration with 6 P cores and 4 E cores. The recipe sounds familiar as it’s the same design as Intel’s latest generation Core i5-12600K Alder Lake part, one of the best CPUs out there. The reason is that some of Intel’s Raptor Lake chips will use reheated Alder Lake C0 or H0 dies. This strategy would effectively allow Intel to recycle its leftover Alder Lake silicon and bring its E-cores back to the latest Core i5 non-K SKUs that previously had no E-cores in his Alder Lake. The bad news is that these processors will feature Golden Cove cores instead of the new Raptor Cove cores. We haven’t been able to confirm which Raptor Lake non-K chips will feature Alder Lake silicon, but from the looks of it, the Core i5-13400 is likely one of them.
The Core i5-13400 also retains the same L2 cache (9.5MB) and L3 cache (20MB) as the Core i5-12600K. In terms of clock speeds, the Core i5-13400 has a P core base clock of 4.1 GHz and an E core boost clock of 3.3 GHz. Therefore, the Raptor Lake chip will sport 11% higher P-core base clocks and 18% higher E-core base clocks than the Core i5-12600K. Naturally, the Core i5-13400 doesn’t have a higher boost clock than the Core i5-12600K. Because the former is a 65W chip while the latter is a 125W class part. Nonetheless, the Core i5-13400 has a boost clock speed of 4.6 GHz, which isn’t too shabby for a 65W processor.
The Core i5-13400F shares the same specs as the Core i5-13400 but offers the same level of performance. The only difference is that the Core i5-13400F does not have the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 730 engine. As such, the Core i5-13400F is priced slightly lower than the Core i5-13400.
Intel Core i5-13400F, Core i5-13400 Benchmark
|processor||Cinebench R23 Multicore||Cinebench R23 Single Core||Blender (BMW27)||Adobe Premier (Puget Systems)||Adobe Photoshop (Puget System)|
|Core i5-13400, Core i5-13400F||15,255||1,767||155||1,166||870|
The Core i5-12600K scored 12% higher than the Core i5-13400 in the Cinebench R23 single-core test and 6% higher in the multi-core test. Additionally, in his Blender using the BMW27 scene, the Alder Lake portion was 5% faster than the Raptor Lake chip. However, the Core i5-12600K’s advantage over the Core i5-13400 was not significant in other real-world workloads. For example, the Core i5-12600K only outperformed the Core i5-13400 by 2% in Adobe Premiere. Additionally, performance in Adobe Photoshop improved by only 4%.
Overall, the Core i5-12600K performed slightly better than the Core i5-13400 in many benchmarks, with the exception of the Cinebench R23 single-core test where the Alder Lake chip showed a 12% difference. Nonetheless, the Core i5-13400’s results were good considering it’s a 65W processor competing with a 125W processor. Note that 65W is the Base Power (PBP) value for the processor. nguyen cong computer (opens in new tab) highlighted that the Core i5-13400 has been bumped to 140W, but believes more optimized firmware will likely reduce power consumption. For reference, the Core i5-12600K has a maximum turbo power (MTP) rating of 150W.
Nguyen Cong Computer lists the Core i5-13400 and Core i5-13400F in its online store, but the retailer has not disclosed the price.However, hardware detection momomo_us (opens in new tab) I found both chips on PC Canada. Core i5-13400 is $239.37 (328.99 Canadian dollars (opens in new tab)), Core i5-13400F retails for $212.44 (291.99 Canadian dollars (opens in new tab)). Of course, computer hardware is a bit more expensive in Canada, so the actual prices for the Core i5-13400 and Core i5-13400F are probably cheaper in the US.