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This is the power of Intel processors for 2022, do you have to buy them?

As many of you already know, the next generation of Intel Core processors (and we are going for the 13th) is just around the corner, so it is not surprising that the performance leaks of these new processors of the brand begin to happen. On this occasion we bring you data on what are surely the most important processors of the generation (by sales volume), the Core i5-13600K and the Core i7-13700Kso let’s see how they work and how they compare to what we have now to see if worth hit the jump or not.

First of all, as we have already told you on occasion, you should know that the next generation of Intel Core processors is what we call “transition”, and that in principle it will not mean a huge jump in performance because in essence it is the generation current but fine-tuned and improved. For this reason, we can expect an improvement in performance, of course, but the data will not be anything to write home about either. Anyway, since we already have performance data, we are going to see it in figures.

Performance of the Intel i5-13600K and 13700K

We won’t have to settle for a simple benchmark screenshot this time around, as the leak includes performance data on 10 different games in addition to 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy. The data has been collected at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolution using a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, the most powerful graphics card available, so this should not be the bottleneck but the processor itself. Of course, keep in mind that both processors are QS (Qualifying Sample) and the performance data may not be definitive.

In these first graphs we can see the performance of the Intel Core i5-13600K with both DDR5 and DDR4 RAM compared to the current Core i5-12600K, the processor model that it will replace in the range of Intel processors.

And here the same, but with the Intel Core i7-13700K processor compared to the current 12700K.

Both processors have been tested using two ASRock Z690 Steel Legends WiFi 6E motherboards, one with DDR4 and one with DDR5. The DDR4 RAM ran at a frequency of 3600 MHz while the DDR5 memory was tested at a frequency of 5200 MHz, and in both cases with 32 GB kits in total.

As we can see, both new generation processors have much better performance than the current generation, and although the improvement figures are not extraordinary, as we expected, they are quite remarkable.

Is it worth upgrading the PC?

As a transition generation in which we return to the famous cadence Intel Tick Tock (where they release a new generation with lots of improvements, then an update to it, and then come back again to release a totally new generation), the performance improvement is quite noticeable, but not enough to be worth upgrading to if you already had the current one, Alder Lake-S.

Core i9-12900K

Now, if you have a previous generation and especially would like to try the benefits offered by these hybrid architecture processors in combination with DDR5 RAM, of course it will be worth it because we saw the big generational leap in the current generation, and This next one will not bring any news, but it will increase performance that, as we have seen, can be around 10% improvement.

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