300W Intel Core i9-13900K CPU Review & Benchmarks: Power, Gaming, Production
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300W Intel Core i9-13900K CPU Review & Benchmarks: Power, Gaming, Production
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Our review & benchmarks of the Intel Core i9-13900K CPU includes testing vs. the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, R9 7900X, Intel i9-12900K, and more. The 13900K CPU is brand new from Intel, but sockets in both Z690 (backwards compatible) and the new Z790 boards — though there shouldn’t be much difference between features. The 13900K can run with DDR4 or DDR5 and will likely be the last true consumer platform on DDR4. AMD AM5 is already fully committed to DDR5.

Watch our Intel i5-13600K CPU review here:

One correction in this review: We just noticed the power efficiency chart contains a charting error (I accidentally plotted the power efficiency for a different test for the 13900K, but the chart is for Blender — so the numbers are correct but they’re for the wrong software with the 13900K). This error doesn’t change any of our conclusions nor does it change that the CPU does draw 300+/- Watts when under full load, to be clear about that, so power consumption is right. This is the only error we’re aware of and, again, the numbers are right but the 13900K result for the Blender chart is different. That particular chart should be between 32.5-37.0, depending on which set of results you take for the math and if you calculate it warm or cold. This means it is still one of the least efficient entries on the chart; however, the 12900K is actually slightly less efficient than the 13900K here, not more. Sorry for that mistake! No excuses. Just too much data too fast, and I’ll try to get a few hours ahead of the review cycle next time so I’m not operating so tired. My fault and thanks for your understanding! – Steve

Benchmarking includes power consumption tests of the i9-13900K, efficiency charts, and single-core consumption. We’ll also go through gaming benchmarks at 1080p and 1440p, some RTX 4090 benchmarks on the 13900K vs. 7950X, and benchmarks in Blender Cycles, code compile, and the Adobe suite (Premiere & Photoshop).

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – Intel i9-13900K CPU Review & Benchmarks vs. AMD Ryzen
01:30 – Basics
03:05 – Boost is Infinite
04:10 – Compatibility with Z690, Z790, & Memory
05:07 – Power Consumption on 13900K in All-Core Workload
07:23 – Single-Core Power Consumption on 13900K vs. 7950X
07:48 – (Correction in Comments & Description) – Efficiency
08:39 – Brute-Forcing Gaming Results
09:42 – CSGO CPU Benchmarks – 13900K vs. 7900X (1080p, 1440p)
10:48 – FFXIV Best CPUs (13900K CPU Review)
11:22 – Rainbow Six Siege Top CPUs 2022
11:49 – Tomb Raider CPU Benchmarks (RTX 4090 & 3090 Ti)
13:08 – Far Cry 6 CPU Benchmarks (RTX 4090 & 3090 Ti)
14:03 – Frametime Chart – 7950X vs. 13900K
15:11 – Cyberpunk 2077 CPU Tests with RTX 4090
15:30 – Production Benchmarking
16:00 – Blender Cycles CPU Rendering Benchmarks 2022
17:25 – Code Compile CPU Benchmarks for Programming
18:49 – Compression & Decompression CPU Benchmarks
20:42 – Adobe Premiere CPU Benchmarks 13900K vs. AMD Ryzen
21:36 – Adobe Photoshop CPU Benchmarks
22:33 – Conclusion: Intel i9-13900K
25:45 – The i5-13600K Will Be Really Interesting

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  1. Watch our Intel i5-13600K CPU review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=todoXi1Y-PI
    One correction in this review: We just noticed the power efficiency chart contains a charting error (I accidentally plotted the power efficiency for a different test for the 13900K, but the chart is for Blender — so the numbers are correct but they're for the wrong software with the 13900K). This error doesn't change any of our conclusions nor does it change that the CPU does draw 300+/- Watts when under full load, to be clear about that, so power consumption is right. This is the only error we're aware of and, again, the numbers are right but the 13900K result for the Blender chart is different. That particular chart should be between 32.5-37.0, depending on which set of results you take for the math and if you calculate it warm or cold. This means it is still one of the least efficient entries on the chart; however, the 12900K is actually slightly less efficient than the 13900K here, not more. Sorry for that mistake! No excuses. Just too much data too fast, and I'll try to get a few hours ahead of the review cycle next time so I'm not operating so tired. My fault and thanks for your understanding! – Steve

  2. It's actually quite efficient if you limit the top power, and use the ecores more. If your doing production its solid. i think that's why people would buy this. I 'd not look at thsi as a gaming cpu. i kind of get your point, but just limit the power you lose almost no perf. I;'m cooling it on a d15, and it 's really working well.

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