Intel Raptor Lake Breaks Sweat in Preview Benchmarks

A set of benchmarks (opens in new tab) have appeared online for what appears to be Intel’s 13th-generation Core architecture, known as Raptor Lake, which will soon vie for a spot on our list of best gaming CPUs. The results, which appear to be from a submission to the SiSoftware database, appear to show the chip’s hybrid architecture gives a Ryzen 9 5900X a run for its money, though there are no direct apples-to-apples comparisons to be made between the chips chosen due to differing core counts. Also, these chips will face off with AMD’s Ryzen 7000, which isn’t on the market yet. Take the news more as an indication of what to expect, rather than solid fact until official benchmarks can be verified.

SiSoftware Benchmark Hardware Specifications
Specifications Intel Core i9-13900 8C+16c/32T (RPL) Intel Core i9-12900 8C+8c/24T (ADL) Intel Core i9-11900K 8C/16T (RKL) AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12C/24T (Zen3)
Architecture Raptor Cove + Gracemont / RaptorLake Golden Cove + Gracemont / AlderLake Cypress Cove / RocketLake Zen3 / Vermeer
Cores / Threads 8C+16c / 32T 8C+8c / 24T 8C / 16T 2M / 12C / 24T
Rated Speed (GHz) ? 2.4 big / 1.8 LITTLE 3.5 3.7
All/Single Turbo Speed (GHz) 3.7 big / 2.76 LITTLE 5.0 big / 3.8 LITTLE 4.8 – 5.3 4.5 – 4.8
Rated/Turbo Power (W) 65 – 200 [=] 65 – 200 125 – 228 105 – 135
L1D / L1I Caches 8x 48kB/32kB + 16x 64kB/32kB 8x 48kB/32kB + 8x 64kB/32kB 8x 48kB 12-way / 8x 32kB 8-way 12x 32kB 8-way / 12x 32kB 8-way
L2 Caches 8x 2MB + 4x 4MB (32MB) [+2.3x] 8x 1.25MB + 2x 2MB (14MB) 8x 512kB 16-way (4MB) 12x 512kB 16-way (6MB)
L3 Cache(s) 36MB 16-way [+20%] 30MB 16-way 16MB 16-way 2x 32MB 16-way (64MB)
Microcode (Firmware) TBA 090672-1E 06A701-40 8F7100-1009
Special Instruction Sets VNNI/256, SHA, VAES/256 VNNI/256, SHA, VAES/256 AVX512, VNNI/512, SHA, VAES/512 AVX2/FMA, SHA
SIMD Width / Units 2 x 256-bit 2x 256-bit 512-bit (1x FMA) 2x 256-bit
Price / RRP (USD) $549? $519 $539 $549

The benchmarks use the 5900X – a 12-core, 24-thread chip – alongside Intel’s 11th and 12th-gen i9s, one an 8C/16T and the other a 16C(8+8)/24T hybrid design. The Raptor Lake contestant has more of the efficiency cores than the 12th-gen CPU, boasting eight power and 16 efficiency cores, for 32 threads overall and likely the same chip that leaked (opens in new tab) earlier this year.