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Is Intel 13th Gen worth it?

Intel's Raptor Lake CPUs are bound to make some hefty changes over its AMD rival, but is it that necessary
Last Updated on April 28, 2023
Is intel 13th gen worth it
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The new Intel 13th Gen processors are certainly worth waiting for. The reason is quite simple: these processors will offer the “world’s best gaming experience,” according to Intel’s CEO, Patrick Gelsinger. Raptor Lake architecture is expected to ensure the new CPUs reach 6.0 GHz. This is a 24% performance improvement when compared with Intel 12th Gen.

Raptor Lake is the peak of hybrid architecture and core management. It will feature eight more efficient cores and another eight more threads over Alder Lake. These numbers will ensure a total turbo boost of an extra 600MHz.




Intel 13th Gen vs Intel 12th Gen

Core i9 13-13900KCore i9 12-12900K
Max Turbo Frequency [GHz]Up to 5.86Up to 5.2
Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency [GHz]Up to 5.7Up to 5.2
Performance-core Max Turbo Frequency [GHz]Up to 5.4Up to 5.1
Efficient-core Max Turbo Frequency [GHz]Up to 4.3Up to 3.9
Processor Cores (P-cores + E-cores)24 (8P+16E)16 (8P + 8E)
Total Processor Threads3224

Intel’s Raptor Lake architecture has increased the number of threads the cores are capable of managing while also boosting its efficient cores. E-cores are the part of the chip that handles highly threaded workloads (multi-threads) and background tasks, such as minimized tabs, IT services, cloud syncing, and more. 

Adding more E-cores frees its performance cores, so they can work more effectively on more power-hungry activities and burst workloads, like 4K gaming and 3D design.

Thanks to those changes in the construction of 13th Gen processors, Intel is able to reach peak performances like they claim: a 15% performance improvement in single-threaded workloads, and a 41% increase in multi-threaded activities.

Intel 13th Gen or Ryzen 7000?

It’s the question that some users will be asking when considering a new build or new pre-built purchase. Opt for Intel 13th Gen, with backward compatibility, or commit to the AM5 platform with a Zen 4 processor?

While we work on providing benchmark comparisons, we’ve also had a look at Raptor Lake vs Ryzen 7000 – comparing the technical differences and potential best use cases.

We’ve also looked at the Core i9-13900K vs Ryzen 9 7950X, and the mid-range battle of Core i7-13700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X.

When will Intel 13th Gen come out?

At the annual innovation event, Intel unveiled the release date for its latest processor, 13th Gen Raptor Lake, which is bound for an October 20th debut. The pre-order landing pages of the usual retailers, like Newegg, are already up and active, so you can order yours as early as today if you want to avoid rushing on release day.

Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows