After AMD recently hit the market with the Ryzen 7000 CPUs, which are extremely powerful in games, Intel has released new processors for Socket 1700, which have been available for a year. Previously available Socket 1700 CPUs were Core i-12000 models such as the Core i5-12600K. The new Raptor Lake processors have the model names Core i5-13600K, Core i7-13700K and Core i9-13900K, although these three models are also available without an integrated graphics unit with the abbreviation KF instead of K. Formally, there are six new processors.
Without wanting to reveal too much, but: They show excellent gaming performance in gaming tests and thus put a lot of pressure on AMD. We had already posted a performance analysis of the new Ryzen 7000 CPUs online shortly after their release. Today we are going to take a closer look at the new Raptor Lake processors with a focus on value for money for gaming CPUs starting at around 180 euros. Relevant for our analysis are the sockets AMD AM4 and AM5 as well as Intel’s socket 1700. The old socket 1200 from Intel can also be interesting if you want to put together a particularly cheap entry-level PC – but we leave the socket out. in this particular because we don’t want to look too far down on the performance side compared to the Raptor Lake CPUs
In the price-performance comparison of the AM4, AM5 and 1700 sockets, we will go into detail, because especially the new AMD socket AM5 has a problem: it is the only socket that requires DDR5 RAM, as in currently around 70 is up to 80 percent more expensive than DDR4 RAM without providing any noticeable advantage.
But first, let’s look at the technology of the new Raptor Lake CPUs, which can be compared to three Core i-12000 models due to the identical socket.
Raptor Lake: models and technology
All six new models can be overclocked, which is indicated by K or KF in the name. In the following performance tests and the following table, we only talk about the KF models, as these are always a little cheaper than the K models. The technology in the KF CPUs is identical to the technology of the K models, apart from – as already mentioned – the internal graphics unit (IGP).
Of course, for a gaming PC it doesn’t matter if the CPU has an IGP or not, unless you want to be able to use the PC without a graphics card for diagnostic purposes in case of a problem. Here’s how the specs compare to Alder Lake (also Socket 1700):
|family||Raptor Lake||Raptor Lake||Raptor Lake||Alder Lake||Alder Lake||Alder Lake|
|Cores (p-cores / e-cores)||24 (8/16)||16 (8/8)||14 (6/8)||16 (8/8)||12 (8/4)||10 (6/4)|
|Standard clock p / e cores||3.0/2.2GHz||3.4/2.5GHz||3.5/2.6GHz||3.2/2.4GHz||3.6/2.7 GHz||3.7/2.8GHz|
|Turbo clock p / e cores||5.4/4.3GHz||5.3/4.2 GHz||5.1/3.9 GHz||5.1/3.9GHz||4.9/3.8 GHz||4.9/3.7GHz|
|maximum clock||5.8 GHz||5.4 GHz||left out||5.2 GHz||5.0 GHz||left out|
|TDP||125 watts||125 watts||125 watts||125 watts||125 watts||125 watts|
|MTP||253 watts||253 watts||181 watts||241 watts||190 watts||150 watts|
|Price currently from||715 euros||470 euros||345 euros||560 euros||410 euros||290 euros|
When it comes to watch values, Raptor Lake is a bit over the top compared to Alder Lake. If you compare within Core in classes 3, 5 and 7, it is remarkable that Raptor Lake wins in e-Cores. We already know the division into p- and e-cores from some of the Core i-12000 models: There are the performance cores (p-cores, p = performance), each of which can manage two threads, and the e-cores (Efficiency cores), which has less power and can only control one thread.
The CPU then uses the cores as needed, which in addition to adjusting the clock values should ensure more efficiency. The plus in e-cores from Raptor Lake should of course ensure more performance overall. In addition to the “normal” turbo clock, there is also (as in Alder Lake) a slightly higher maximum clock in the Core i7 and i9.
However, MTP, which unlike TDP is the maximum heat dissipation when using the cores at maximum clock, is significantly higher for Raptor Lake than for Alder Lake. TDP and MTP do not represent the power demand, but allow drawing approximate conclusions about it. In games, as we will see later, even the Core i9-13900KF has an average power consumption of around 145 watts.