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Intel Launches 13th Gen processors: up to 24 cores, availability Oct. 20

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Intel announced the 13th Gen Intel Core processor family. This new generation of processors relies on a 10nm process and will consist of 22 processors with up to 24 cores/32 threads and speeds up to 5.8GHz.

Intel once again used an hybrid architecture. In other words, each CPU features two types of cores:

  • P-cores (Performance Cores), optimized for raw performance. Hyperthreading is supported: 1 core = 2 threads.
  • E-cores (Efficient cores), optimized for a better perf/watt ratio. They are useful for heavily multithreaded tasks as well as tasks running in the background. E-Cores do not support hyperthreading: 1 core = 1 thread.

This new generation supports PCI Express 5.0, which will be very useful, for example, with very fast storage (PCIe 5.0 SSD). Intel also explains that their 13th Gen Intel Core processor family supports up to 128GB DDR5 and DDR4. Last, but not least, Intel increased the size of L2 and L3 cache.

6 desktop processors

Here are the 6 13th Gen Core processor that have been revealed:

Intel Core i9-13900KFIntel Core i9-13900KIntel Core i7-13700KFIntel Core i7-13700KIntel Core i5-13600KFIntel Core i5-13600K
Cores24 (8P+16E)24 (8P+16E)16 (8P+8E)16 (8P+8E)14 (6P+8E)14 (6P+8E)
Threads323224242020
L2/L3 Cache 32MB-36MB32MB-36MB24MB-30MB24MB-30MB20MB-24MB20MB-24MB
P-Core Max Turbo Frequency5.8 GHz5.8 GHz5.4 GHz5.4 GHz5.1 GHz5.1 GHz
E-Core Max Turbo Frequency4.3 GHz4.3 GHz4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.1 GHz4.1 GHz
Processor graphicsN/AIntel UHD Graphics 770N/AIntel UHD Graphics 770N/AIntel UHD Graphics 770
Processor base Power/Max Turbo Power125 W
253 W
125 W
253 W
125 W
253 W
125 W
253 W
125 W
181 W
125 W
181 W
Recommended price (USD)564 $589 $384 $409 $294 $319 $

Performance

Intel boasts “up to 15% better single-thread performance” and “up to 41% better multi-threaded performance”. As usual, we advise you to wait for third-party reviews in order to get a better idea of real-world performance.

It should also be noted that the latest AMD CPUs were launched yesterday, the same day Intel made their announcement. Intel therefore chose to compare the new Intel Core i9 12900K with the old AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, not with the new Ryzen 9 7950X that is now available.

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Intel also provides some overclocking features, with an updated “one-click overclocking feature” (Intel Speed Optimizer), as well as per core tuning visualizations for advanced overclockers. Of course, XMP is supported for DDR4/DDR5 overclocking.

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What’s next?

As explained above, we will have to wait a little bit before we have a precise idea of how powerful these new CPUs are. And for our readers in Europe, the recommended prices in euros have not been announced yet. 13th Gen Intel Core desktop K processors will be available starting Oct. 20, 2022. All of these questions will therefore soon be answered.

We will have to wait a little longer, however, until manufacturers such as HP include these new CPUs in their workstations, but also until Intel announces the rest of their 13th Gen Intel Core processor family. We will follow up on this topic as soon as possible.

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