Intel’s Raptor Lake processors have appeared in a new set of leaked benchmarks that show promising levels of performance, particularly for the mid-range Core i5-13600K that is likely to be a popular CPU in terms of price – certainly if these results are anything to go by. .
The benchmarks were shared on Twitter by hardware leaker HXL, and are pulled from Blender, which measures a processor’s powers in terms of more serious tasks like rendering or 3D modeling.
Blender Benchmark Opendata13900k 557.66 v3.3.013700k 429.7 v3.2.113600k 358.18 v3.3.07950x 607.53 v3.3.07900x 462.39 v3.3.07700x 305.51 v3.3.07600x 234.65 v3.0htpsOctober 10, 2022
Intel’s flagship Core i9-13900K achieved a score of 558, which falls just short of Zen 4’s flagship, AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X, which managed a 608, so it’s considerably faster. However, Team Blue’s flagship is – as you might expect – faster than the 7900X, with the latter clocking in at 462.
Far from the top of the line, Intel’s Core i7-13700K scored 430, and the Core i5-13600K scored 358, which compares to the Ryzen 7700X at 306 and Ryzen 7600X which scored 235.
As Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab)which flagged this, notes, there’s a small caveat for the 13700K here, as it’s running a different (slightly earlier) version of Blender, which essentially means its score should be a little higher – though probably not by much.
Analysis: Worrying Times Ahead for AMD?
As always, we need to be careful about reading too much into the results of a single benchmarking source and taking an appropriate amount of seasoning with any leaks on top of that. But this spillover certainly produces some interesting talking points, the most prominent being mid-range performance.
Intel’s Core i5-13600K is about 17% faster than the Ryzen 7700X and just over 50% faster than the 7600X, with the Team Blue price on this midrange CPU weighing in at $319 versus $399 and $299 (in the US) for those AMD processors respectively. So it’s almost more expensive than the 7600X, being 50% faster, at least in this benchmark – which is really surprising.
At the top of the line, AMD’s 7950X easily takes the speed crown here, being 9% faster than the 13900K, but the problem is that the AMD chip is 18% more expensive (using US MSRPs in all cases here) . While the Raptor Lake flagship is 7% more expensive than the 7900X, it outperforms that CPU by 20% in terms of performance here.
Also, if we compare the 13700K with the 7900X, the AMD processor may not be much more than 5% faster (if we keep in mind that the Intel CPU will probably be a little faster than the declared result, obtained in a version older version of Blender as mentioned), but the 7900X is over 30% more expensive.
All of this leaves Raptor Lake looking quite attractive, at least when paired with this kind of heavy-duty software to overload multi-core workloads. And that should certainly be a concern for AMD, and maybe it could leave Team Red looking to adjust relative pricing here in the long run, perhaps – we can only hope for a competitive environment to help with the cost.
With all that said, what a lot of people will want to see is the relative performance of the games, which we’ll know a lot more about soon – Raptor Lake launches on October 20th.