Core i9-13900K Creeps Behind Ryzen 9 7950X In Blender Benchmarks

Alder Lake
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As tipped by Twitter user HXL, (opens in new tab) Intel's 13th Generation Raptor Lake CPU lineup is putting up serious numbers against AMD's new Ryzen 7000 series processors in the Blender Benchmark. Intel's Core i7-13700K is competitive against the Ryzen 9 7900X, while the Core i5-13600K leaves the Ryzen 7 7600X and Ryzen 7 7700X in the dust.

For the uninitiated, Blender is an open-source content creation tool that can do several different tasks, including 3D rendering, video editing, modeling, animation VFX, and more. As a result, the program can be CPU and GPU-heavy, making it an excellent tool for benchmarking.

At the top of the list is AMD's 16-core behemoth, the Ryzen 9 7950X, spitting out a score of 607.53 points. Underneath the Ryzen 9 7950X sits the 24-core Core i9-13900K at 557.66 points. Then you have the Ryzen 9 7900X at 462.39 points, Core i7-13700K with 429.7 points, Core i5-13600K with 358.18 points, Ryzen 7 7700X with 305.51 points, and Ryzen 5 5600X with 234.65 points.

This Blender benchmark run is exciting to see and shows how potent Intel's hybrid microarchitecture can be right now in the form of Raptor Lake. Based on these numbers alone, we can see that Intel had clawed back much of that multi-core performance it lost to AMD in 2017 when Ryzen first launched.

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CPUsScore
Ryzen 9 7950X607.53
Core i9-13900K557.66
Ryzen 9 7900X462.39
Core i7-13700K429.7
Core i5-13600K358.18
Ryzen 7 7700X305.51
Ryzen 7 7600X234.65

AMD's Ryzen 9 parts are the only two chips that can beat Intel's Raptor Lake CPUs in Blender's heavy multi-core workload. The Ryzen 9 7950X is 9% faster than the Core i9-13900K, and the Ryzen 9 7900X delivers 7.6% more performance than the Core i7-13700K.

But, even here, the results aren't all that great, considering Intel's pricing strategy. For example, the Core i9-13900K is $50 cheaper than the 7950X, and the Core i7-13700K is a whopping $100 more affordable than the 7900X.

(Note: Technically, Intel's Core i7-13700K results were using an older version of Blender - version 3.2.1, instead of version 3.3 all the rest of the chips are using. But, according to a report by Phoronix, (opens in new tab) version 3.2.1 features a slower benchmark vs. 3.3, meaning the Core i7-13700K would probably be hair quicker in version 3.3.)

Once we get into the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 parts, Intel completely dominates both parts, with both its Core i7-13700K and Core i5-13600K. The i5-13600K beats the Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 5 7600X by a landslide, being 17% and 51% faster, respectively.

It'll be interesting to see how Raptor Lake behaves once we review the architecture in the next several weeks. But it appears like Intel has the potential to win the multi-threaded battle with its latest rendition of its hybrid CPU architecture.

Aaron Klotz
Freelance News Writer

Aaron Klotz is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering news topics related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.

  • waltc3
    Things will really get interesting when we look at the wattages...;)
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  • BX4096
    waltc3 said:
    Things will really get interesting when we look at the wattages...;)
    Or temperatures. Some of these new products can be marketed as room heaters for the cold winter ahead.
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  • Warrior24_7
    What? In “Blender”, who cares? Intel 13900K and the RTX 4090 for me, I’m good! They’ll “both” be mine here shortly!
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  • BeedooX
    Warrior24_7 said:
    What? In “Blender”, who cares? Intel 13900K and the RTX 4090 for me, I’m good! They’ll “both” be mine here shortly!
    Nice! I think it's going to be the 7950X running in ECO mode, and a top model multi-chip RDNA3 GPU.
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  • Starry Dynamo
    Do these numbers reflect the security mitigations? I've read that the new Ryzen CPUs aren't as badly impacted by those as the Intel ones. All benchmark articles I've read lately don't even mention this.
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  • -Fran-
    Starry Dynamo said:
    Do these numbers reflect the security mitigations? I've read that the new Ryzen CPUs aren't as badly impacted by those as the Intel ones. All benchmark articles I've read lately don't even mention this.
    These are not (more than likely) using final BIOS revisions as well, so don't trust these numbers blindly. Plus, not much other information was given on the platform either.

    Other than those caveats, this is as close as I'm expecting the general 13K vs Ry7K to go down, so maybe the 13900K will reach partity with the 7950X using a tad more power across and gaming-wise, all of the Intel lineup will be a hair faster than Ry7K, except the 5800X3D and the memes will be glorious.

    Regards.
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  • hotaru251
    i'd actually be shocked if Intel DIDN'T beat amd in blender...given its got more cores.
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  • -Fran-
    hotaru251 said:
    i'd actually be shocked if Intel DIDN'T beat amd in blender...given its got more cores.
    Look at it this way: they added 8 more E-cores while only increasing the power by 12W (241 to 253 was it?). Unless they go above that power (253W), the clocks across the board can't be higher than Alder Lake's, so it'll be interesting to see the clocks behaviour there. For an unlimited Raptor Lake, holy cow, I'm expecting some really high wattage and impresive clocks.

    Regards.
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  • dalauder
    No matter what the data says, somehow the articles always find a way to talk about Intel's chips winning.

    When the quad-core i5's got smoked by Ryzen 5's, the articles were about how Intel's i9's beat Ryzen R9's. Now that the Ryzen chips hold the performance crown, most of the discussion is about how they're overpriced and how the i5's are faster. Just spin the articles both ways sometime.
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  • -Fran-
    dalauder said:
    No matter what the data says, somehow the articles always find a way to talk about Intel's chips winning.

    When the quad-core i5's got smoked by Ryzen 5's, the articles were about how Intel's i9's beat Ryzen R9's. Now that the Ryzen chips hold the performance crown, most of the discussion is about how they're overpriced and how the i5's are faster. Just spin the articles both ways sometime.
    Heh, that is true. A better click-grabbing title would've been "AMD keeps the top while Intel can't catch it in Blender".

    I'm sure a lot of... Hm... Very civilized and corteous Intel fans would have made their opinions clear on the matter xD

    Regards.
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