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Intel Core i9-13900 benchmark leaks suggest it could struggle against AMD

Published Jun 13th, 2022 5:08PM EDT
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Rumors that Intel will release its next generation of desktops have been stirring. But, if these new i9-13900 benchmark leaks are anything to go off, the new Intel CPUs might have a problem beating out AMD.

i9-13900 benchmark leaks suggest AMD could overpower Intel with next-gen CPUs

Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake-H
11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-H mobile chip for laptops. Image source: Intel

Benchmarks for the i9-13900 have appeared in the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark database. VideoCardz originally spotted the leak, noting that the CPU is marked to feature 24 cores with 32 threads. Those cores are split into eight performance cores and 16 efficiency cores. That’s double the number of efficiency cores of last year’s i9-12900.

Additionally, the i9-13900 benchmark leaks suggest the next generation of Intel CPUs will offer a 20% larger L3 cache. It’s also based on an enhanced 10-nanometer process and will support faster DDR5 memory that tops out at 5600MT/s. Previously generations only supported up to 4800 MT/s.

According to the leaked specs, the next-gen CPUs will deliver significant gains over the current generation of Intel processors. Based on the numbers that SiSoftware shared, the flagship chip should manage 33 to 55 percent faster speeds than the current generation. Of course, take these numbers with a grain of salt, as leaks may or may not tell the entire story.

Beating out Zen 3

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New Intel CPUs may beat out Zen 3, but Zen 4 is believed to bring new levels of performance to desktop CPUs. Image source: AMD

Based on the data, the Intel i9-13900 benchmark leaks seem to point towards the next-gen CPU beating out AMD’s Zen 3. However, AMD’s Zen 4 is meant to offer significant gains over the Zen 3. As such, Intel could be in trouble when it comes to keeping up with AMD in the future.

The numbers also note that the chip runs with a maximum of 3.7 GHz for the performance cores and 2.76 GHz for the efficiency cores. This is significantly lower than the 5.0 GHz performance cores and 3.8 GHz efficiency cores of the Alder Lake. However, the numbers still show that it performed better than AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X processor (Zen 3).

What’s important to really note here is that Intel’s 13th-generation chips won’t move the needle very much in tests. Even if the numbers here change a bit with official benchmarks, they still might be disappointing. Still, getting a look at early i9-13900 benchmark leaks is exciting. Especially if you prefer sticking with Intel CPUs in your PCs.

But, if you’re looking for maximum performance in next-generation CPUs, it looks like AMD might have a leg up with the Zen 4 chips it has planned.

Josh Hawkins has been writing for over a decade, covering science, gaming, and tech culture. He also is a top-rated product reviewer with experience in extensively researched product comparisons, headphones, and gaming devices. Whenever he isn’t busy writing about tech or gadgets, he can usually be found enjoying a new world in a video game, or tinkering with something on his computer.