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Core i9-13900K Cooling Guide: Testing Intel’s Flagship With Budget Air and Big AIOs

When Intel launched its 12th Generation Alder Lake CPUs, the Core i9-12900K presented cooling challenges in some scenarios due to the increased heat density of the Intel 7 manufacturing process. However, with the launch of Raptor Lake and especially the Core i9-13900K, Intel has bumped up both the core count and clock speeds of their latest flagship processors. As a result, once the power cap is lifted, it can draw over 330W while running Cinebench R23 (about 100W higher power consumption than the i9-12900K), and it’s not easy to cool.

Below we take a look at Intel’s Core i9-13900K and what it takes to cool it. We also test it with more basic air coolers to see what we gain and lose with different levels of cooling.

New test configuration

CPU Intel i9-13900K
Tested comparison air cooler DeepCool AG620, dual tower air cooler
Thermalright Assassin X120 R SE, single tower air cooler
Thermalright AXP120-X67, SFF Air Cooler
Compare tested AIO coolers Deep Cool LT720 (360mm)
motherboard Asus TUF Gaming Z690 Plus Wi-Fi DDR5
sheep Important DDR5-4800
GPUs Intel ARC A770 LE
case Cooler Master HAF 700 Berserker
PSUs Cooler Master XG Plus 850 Platinum PSU

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