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Intel Self-Leaks Upcoming 13th Gen i5, i7, i9 CPU Specs

An image in a computer of an Intel Core i9-12900k CPU

The Intel Core i9-12900K processor already has 16 cores and 24 threads, but the 13th-generation version promises to increase that to 24 and 32.
Photo: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal/Gizmodo

Intel accidentally dropped details about its upcoming lineup of desktop processors on its Canadian site, and while the company was quick to pull the specs, the Internet Archive is ready for those who want the original version.

The Intel Core i5-13600K looks at 14 cores and 20 threads while increasing the maximum frequency of 5.1 GHz. The i7-13700K is 16 cores to 24 threads and 5.3GHz, while the i9-13900K rocks 24 cores, 32 threads and a 5.4GHz frequency. With Turbo Boost Max 3.0 or Thermal Velocity Boost, assuming you have the right power and cooling, you can push high GHz counts.

These numbers aren’t too surprising, but they do help confirm past leaks. In leaked slides shown on igor’sLAB, the 13th generation CPUs seemed to have previously scaled cores and threads compared to the 12th generation. Intel has promised that in addition to the speeds shown here, it has also increased the L2 cache and L3 Intel Smart Cache on i5K processors and above. Of course, the new chipsets will support CPU PCIe 5.0 interfaces up to 16 lanes and continue to facilitate DDR5 and DDR4 RAM, although they will now rise to DDR5-5600 compared to the 12th generation limit of DDR5-4800. The previously leaked SKU map slide gives a good overview of what’s going on here.

Aside from the glaring bragging rights of elevated cores and threads, there isn’t a great great feature here about what’s on the current 12th generation Alder Lake series, which caused a stir by introducing DDR5 support. In our own review of the 12th-generation chips, we already found that Alder Lake was quite future-proof and supported PCIe Gen5 and Thunderbolt 4. these hybrid chips will be in high demand for many users out there.

And, of course, AMD has already rolled into the corner, making Intel overjoyed with its own upcoming Zen 4 CPU lineup, available at the end of this month. AMD’s claim that the 7000 series chips also enable boost clocks above 5 GHz to rival Intel, as well as support for PCIe5 and DDR5. It’s hard to judge their speeds versus Intel CPUs based on cores and clock speeds alone, because we’re only working with pre-release material. Most important is the pricing, with the top Ryzen 9 7950X costing $699 at launch. A top-of-the-line Core i9-12900K costs over $100 cheaper, so eyes are on Intel for the Raptor Lake price.

AMD will also not have a 7800X CPU at launch, September 27, meaning that when it eventually releases its mid-range CPU version, it will likely compete more with Intel’s 13th generation than the 12th generation. And since you’ll likely need to upgrade your motherboard to support this new range of gaming-ready CPUs, users will have to make an even bigger decision.

There’s some argument to further future-proof your computer hardware, but we still don’t know prices for those upcoming 13th-generation processors or their release window. That, in my opinion, will be the main deciding factor in whether there’s any reason to delay the upgrade if you haven’t gone for a 12th gen and you’re absolutely geared up for Intel CPUs. And if you’ve already dropped several Benjamins on new chips, I have serious doubts that digging deeper into your wallet for the 13th gen will result in the kind of performance gains that will require you to spend even more right away.

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