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Alleged Raptor Lake Core i7 Beats AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in Geekbench Leak

Intel Core i7-13700K
(Image credit: Geekbench)

Benchleaks has unearthed what appears to be one of the first sightings of an Intel Raptor Lake Core i7-13700K in the Geekbench online results databases, showing that Intel has quite the roster of chips to compete with AMD's pending Ryzen 7000 series. According to the testing app’s sysinfo summary, the 13700K is a 16C / 24T CPU which has a base clock of 3.39 GHz and a boost clock of 5.29 GHz. Thanks to this potent mix of modern cores, clocks, and caches - the purported 13700K scored 2,090 in Geekbench’s single-thread (1T) tests and 16,542 in the multi-thread (nT) tests.

(Image credit: Geekbench)

There was a time not long ago when Intel’s unlocked Core i7 CPU would have been a flagship part, but in recent years the i9 series has stolen its thunder. Nevertheless, the 13th-Gen Intel Core i7 K model looks like it will be a beast, if we take this score as genuine and compare with averages held in the Geekbench database. For example, it trounces the current AMD consumer flagship Ryzen 9 5950X in single thread tests and edges ahead in multi-thread tests. With finished silicon (it may be an engineering test chip here), an optimized BIOS, a 700-series chipset motherboard, and platform appropriate DDR5 RAM kit, this CPU should comfortably reach even higher. And that's well before we bring any CPU overclocking into the equation. 

Core i7-13700K*

Core i7-12700K

Core i9-12900K

Ryzen 9 5950X

Geekbench 1T

2,090

1,901

1,987

1,685

Geekbench nT

16,542

14,101

17,286

16,505

Above, we have compiled a table of known CPU performance in Geekbench vs the leaked CPU*. In single-threaded tests, the Raptor Lake chip takes the crown with some level of comfort. There is no better single-threaded test chip in the Geekbench database (but there are no other Raptor Lake chips, yet).

Moving along to the multi-threaded test results, the Core i7's 16,542 score is a smidgeon faster than AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X, despite the cores/threads deficit (16C/24T vs 16C/32T). That is a worthy intergenerational leap up the processor pecking order.

Perhaps a better metric to highlight the qualities of the new Core i7-13700K is to compare its score against the Core i7-12700K. In this case, the nT score is 15% faster for the Raptor Lake chip. Remember, though, the Raptor Lake CPUs we have seen double up the Efficiency core counts, so this i7 vs i7 fight is between a 16C/24T Raptor Lake and a 12C/20T Alder Lake CPU.

We have recently also reported on what appear to be genuine benchmarks of pre-release Intel Core i5-13600K and Core i9-13900K processors. With the Core i7-13700K above, we might have collected the whole set of upcoming unlocked 13th-Gen Core CPUs that will soon vie for a spot on our list of Best CPUs for gaming. For more Raptor Lake reading please dive into our extensive Intel 13th-Gen Raptor Lake all we know article.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • cknobman
    Yay Intels next gen unreleased architecture and processors are faster than AMD 1.5 year old soon to be last gen architecture and processors!!

    Didnt see that one coming!! :ROFLMAO::LOL:
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  • dehjomz
    cknobman said:
    Yay Intels next gen unreleased architecture and processors are faster than AMD 1.5 year old soon to be last gen architecture and processors!!

    Didnt see that one coming!! :ROFLMAO::LOL:

    A cheaper Core i7 demolishing the once mighty R9 5950x that used to cost over $800 ? And doing so with less threads and a lower cost?

    Impressive. Competitive forces are at play and that's good for the end consumer.
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  • Johnpombrio
    No fair. I was not able to buy my 32GB 5200 DDR5 Corsair memory at $350 MSRP (half that now) until February. My Alder Lake 17-12700K will be superseded in less than 8 months.
    Reply
  • exploding_psu
    Ahh, I love the smell of competition in the morning.
    Reply
  • RodroX
    Thats good for us. Intel's performance core are bigger and more dense than a zen 3 core, plus this new core i7 packs extra 4 efficient cores (vs AlderLake), so no really a huge surprise here (not considering how AlderLake peforms vs Zen 3 cpus).

    All left here is too see independent reviews that shows the same numbers and to check power consumption and temps. Thats when you have the full picture of a product.
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  • JayNor
    leak today says Raptor Lake will be announced at the Innovation event in Sept, and be available in mid October.
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  • Friesiansam
    Only alleged Raptor Lake i7? So what are the chances this is actually genuine? I'll take it with a VERY LARGE pinch of salt (several kilos).
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  • KyaraM
    Doesn't look too shabby honestly. About 190 points more than the 12700K in single thread, so about 10% more? That would be in line with what Intel said so far I guess. Would have liked to see more, but oh well. This is an unoptimized platform, too, it can still go up from there.

    cknobman said:
    Yay Intels next gen unreleased architecture and processors are faster than AMD 1.5 year old soon to be last gen architecture and processors!!

    Didnt see that one coming!! :ROFLMAO::LOL:
    Hard to compare with Ryzen 7000 when we have no info on that yet, unfortunately. But from what we know about that, it looks like AMD might be slightly behind or comparable in single thread and might, as always, have a slight advantage in multithread. But without more info on Ryzen 7000, it's hard to say. To me, the comparison with Alder Lake is frankly more interesting and that one looks really good. It is quite a good result in how well it does against a CPU with more threads, though, especially when comparing the single thread performance.

    Johnpombrio said:
    No fair. I was not able to buy my 32GB 5200 DDR5 Corsair memory at $350 MSRP (half that now) until February. My Alder Lake 17-12700K will be superseded in less than 8 months.
    Intel pushed out a new, slightly better generation every year since forever, what rock did you live under? It's not as if that 12700k will be tradh overnight, and you can always resell and get a 12700k instead...

    Friesiansam said:
    Only alleged Raptor Lake i7? So what are the chances this is actually genuine? I'll take it with a VERY LARGE pinch of salt (several kilos).
    Very good when taken into account everything known so far, including results from actual QS chips. No need to be that skeptical. I recommend actually reading the article.
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  • TerryLaze
    Friesiansam said:
    Only alleged Raptor Lake i7? So what are the chances this is actually genuine? I'll take it with a VERY LARGE pinch of salt (several kilos).
    As long as intel doesn't come out and tells us all the exact SKU names the article writers have to call it alleged because intel might decide to make it an i9 or keep it i7 but change the number or whatever.
    It's 100% sure this CPU exists and will come out, the only salt is on what they will call it.
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  • dehjomz
    Johnpombrio said:
    No fair. I was not able to buy my 32GB 5200 DDR5 Corsair memory at $350 MSRP (half that now) until February. My Alder Lake 17-12700K will be superseded in less than 8 months.
    Raptor Lake will be replaced by Meteor Lake/Arrow Lake sometime in 2023-24. There’s always something new around the corner.
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