Intel Core i5-13600K CPU Outperforms i9-12900K in Leaked Geekbench Single-Core Test 

Intel’s 13th gen Raptor Lake processors are just a couple of months away from launch, and that hasn’t stopped benchmark leaks from appearing. More than a week ago, we saw the flagship Core i9-13900K appear on Geekbench. However, the results were deemed invalid by Geekbench due to internal issues.  

But today, we have the mid-range Core i5-13600K appearing on Geekbench, and this time the results are valid. 

The i5-13600K is a 14-core CPU with 20 threads. The core count includes 6 P-Cores based on the Raptor Cove and 8 E-Cores based on current Gracemont cores. That’s the exact P-Core count as the Intel Core i5-12600K, but the E-Core count has been doubled.  

So, we are looking at a 40% core count bump and a 25% thread count bump vs. the Alder Lake Core i5-12600K. 

There are two different entries for the CPU on Geekbench, one on the ASRock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6E motherboard & one on an ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard.  

It is not mentioned which Steel Legend board was used since it comes in both DDR5 and DDR4 flavors, but this may very likely be the DDR4 version. Both platforms were running 32 GB of memory. 

According to the data collected by the software, the clock speeds were at either 4.3 to 5.09 GHz (ASRock) or 5.05 to 5.1 GHz (ASUS). This probably means that the latter score is an overclocked setup, or it is just the DDR5 in effect. 

Coming to the actual scores, the processor scored 1980 in single-core tests and 14425 in multi-core tests on the ASRock motherboard. Meanwhile, on the DDR5 ASUS chipset, the CPU scored 2012 in single-core tests and 16054 in multi-core tests.  

If we were to use the better score here, the CPU is up to 8% faster than its predecessor Core i5-12600K in single-core and 38% faster in the multi-core test. This also means that it is around 2% faster than the previous-gen flagship i9-12900K in single-core. 

Intel Core i5-13600K CPU Outperforms i9-12900K in Leaked Geekbench Single-Core Test
Flagship Intel i5-13600K in Single Core
Intel Core i5-13600K CPU Outperforms i9-12900K in Leaked Geekbench Single-Core Test
Intel i5 13600K in Single Core Test

In single-core, the chip is faster than all of AMD’s Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 lineup, delivering a 25% uplift in single-threaded performance versus the Ryzen 5 5600X. The CPU comes close to the Ryzen 9 5950X in multi-core performance and easily beats the Core i7-12700K. 

These are impressive results from Intel, especially considering this is only a mid-range CPU. Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs are expected to arrive in October 2022 and will compete with AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 7000 processors. 

Geekbench 5.0 CPU Ranking CPU Configuration Single-Core Multi-Core 
Intel Core i9-13900K ES 8P + 16E / 32T @ 5.5 GHz   2133   23701 
Intel Core i5-13600K[DDR5] 6P + 8E / 20T @ 5.1 GHz   2012  16054 
Intel Core i5-13600K[DDR4] 6P + 8E / 20T @ 5.09 GHz   1980  14425 
Intel Core i9-12900K 8P+8E / 24T @ 5.2 GHz   1987   17287 
Intel Core i7-12700K 8P+4E / 20T @ 5.0 GHz   1901   14102 
Intel Core i5-12600K 6P+4E / 16T @ 4.9 GHz   1856   11608 
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16C / 32T @ 4.9 GHz   1685   16506 
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12C / 24T @ 4.8 GHz   1669   13954 
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8C / 16T @ 4.7 GHz   1670   10328 
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6C / 12T @ 4.6 GHz   1614   8151 
Intel Core i9-13900K 10% Faster than Core i9-12900K in Single-Core Tests; Thermal Efficiency a Problem 

About Intel

Intel Corporation is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in Silicon Valley. It is the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer on the basis of revenue, and is the developer of the x86 series of microprocessors – the processors found in most personal computers (PCs).

Incorporated in Delaware, Intel ranked No. 46 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

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