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Intel or AMD processor: Can the Core i5-13600K with a Ryzen 5950X?

At the end of this year we will have a very interesting fight in the world of CPUs. On the one hand, the Ryzen 7000 with the new AMD Zen 4 architecture, on the other hand the Intel Core 13 with Raptor Lake architecture. Well, little by little, the performance of the different models is being known, as is the case of the i5-13600K, which according to benchmarks has impressive performance. Reaching the level of the most powerful Ryzen 5000 processor so far. How has this result been obtained?

The Raptor Lake architecture of the Intel Core 13 is still a substantial improvement over its predecessor. Since it works under the same socket, the LGA 1700, and its changes at the architecture level are small, since among them we can count a greater amount of cache memory and more E-Cores in some configurations. However, this does not mean that they are a bad processor since the current 12th generation CPUs hold the crown. So Intel’s challenge is to really keep it in front of an AMD that will make a much more profound change.

Some benchmarks with a bit of cheating

The Intel Core i5-13600K is a processor with a configuration of 6 cores P-Core and 8 cores E-Core insider. However, before going to the benchmark results we have to read the fine printwhich will allow us to have a better perspective of the results that you will see later in this article.

There is a myth that E-Cores have to do with energy efficiency, rather they have to do with efficiency in terms of the area or space occupied. The reason why Intel doesn’t put more in their system is because the communication ring doesn’t support more clients. They even have the HyperThreading function removed for it, since with it each core counts as two clients and that increases the latency between cores. What’s more, E-Cores are less energy efficient at certain speeds than P-Cores.

For now I5-13600K engineering samples testedwhich is allow to also place the E-Cores at 5.1 GHz speed and not just the P-Cores. The consequences of it? Better multithreading performance, but has the consequence that the voltage rises to 1.31 V and the TDP to 173 W. Which is not a normal consumption scenario. In any case, it is the final version of the processor.

This is how the i5-13600K performs according to benchmarks

Let’s be honest, the vast majority of our readers when they go to buy a new PC will look at an i5 rather than the superior i7 and i9 in performance. The reason? The budget when building a computer and that is why it is of great interest to a large number of future buyers to see how a CPU like the i5-13600K performs. Well, in Geekbench 5 the results in terms of performance and in comparison with other cores are as follows. In particular, we are also interested in the leap compared to the i5-12600K, which it will replace.

Processor Geekbench 5 single core Geekbench 5 multicore
Intel Core i5-13600K 2012 16054
Intel Core i5-12600K 1856 11608
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 1685 16506

Note that these results are based on the trap of forcing the E-Cores beyond their usual speed. On the other hand, Geekbench 5 is a very bandwidth sensitive benchmark. In any case, it will be the real applications that we use on a day-to-day basis that will serve as a true benchmark of performance. Although for this we will have to wait a few months.

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