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Intel’s Core i9-13900K Leads Single-Thread Performance Rankings

Intel has yet to officially announce and start shipping the unlocked Core i9-13900K ‘Raptor Lake’ processor, but some of the synthetic benchmark results have already been published. The flagship CPU already tops PassMark’s single-threaded rankings, beating out predecessors and processors from AMD and Apple ( @Tum_Apisak).

Intel’s Core i9-13900K processor has 8 high performance cores running at 3.0 GHz base clock and 16 energy efficient cores running at 2.20 GHz base frequency. However, if you want maximum single-threaded performance, turn on Thermal Velocity Boost to rocket the high-performance cores to 5.80 GHz (at 241W). CPU score 4,883 points PassMark single-threaded performance benchmark471 points higher than Intel’s Core i9-12900KS.

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In fact, Intel’s 12th Gen Core i7 and Core i9 ‘Alder Lake’ processors have been leading the PassMark single-threaded CPU performance rankings for some time now. Primarily due to higher clocks and higher IPC execution, these processors beat out Apple’s M1 system-on-chip, which topped this benchmark throughout 2021.

Still, Apple’s single-threaded efficiency speaks for itself. Intel’s Core i9-13900K (up to 5.80 GHz at 241W) had to run at 65% to beat Apple’s M2 processor (up to 3.50 GHz at 22W to 30W). At higher frequencies, it consumes almost an order of magnitude more power. Of course, Intel’s new flagship CPU has 24 (8P+16E) cores, can process up to 32 threads per clock, and beats all of Apple’s products in synthetic benchmarks.

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On the other hand, Intel’s yet to be released Core i9-13900K is not the best high-end CPU. PassMark general CPU benchmark It takes into account both single-threaded and multi-threaded performance. AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors are clearly leading the game here. For now, the Core i9-13900K leaves a good margin to AMD’s previous generation Ryzen 9 5950X. However, AMD’s next-generation Ryzen 9 7950X will hit the market in the next few days and we’ll be excited to see if it beats Intel’s offerings.

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