Core i9-13900K Soars To 8.2 GHz, Beating Ryzen 7000's Peak Overclock

Core i9-13900K
Core i9-13900K (Image credit: Intel/YouTube)

Celebrity overclocker Allen 'Splave' Golibersuch has overclocked the Core i9-13900K processor to 8.2 GHz under liquid nitrogen (LN2) at the finale of Intel's Creator Challenge. The flagship Raptor Lake chip, which will fight for a spot on the list of best CPUs, will hit the retail market on October 20 for $589.

The Core i9-13900K is a 24-core processor with eight P-cores and 16 E-cores. The chip has a maximum turbo boost clock of 5.8 GHz thanks to Intel's Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB) technology. Splave pushed the Core i9-13900K to 8.2 GHz, a spectacular 41% increase over Intel's specification.

The Core i9-13900K shows huge overclocking potential— in contrast, the prior-gen Core i9-12900K only achieved 7.6 GHz. Therefore, the Core i9-13900K shattered the Core i9-12900K's record by 8%.

(Image credit: Intel/YouTube)

AMD's Zen 4 processors have their own merits as well. For example, we recently saw the Ryzen 9 7950X got up to 7.2 GHz on a single core and up to 6.5 GHz on all cores. However, according to HWBot, 7.4 GHz (7,471.96 MHz) is the highest that the Ryzen 9 7950X has reached. Therefore, the Core i9-13900K's clock speed is approximately 11% higher than the Ryzen 9 7950X.

It'll be interesting to see whether Raptor Lake can continue to conquer the overclocking charts. It's been a while since we've seen processors surpass the 8 GHz barrier. AMD's antiquated FX series of chips were notorious for hitting high clock speeds, and most of the HWBot submissions hail from the Bulldozer days. However, the FX-8370 still holds the record of the highest-clocked processor at 8.7 GHz (8,722.78 MHz), a feat from 2014.

While Intel and AMD continue to one-up each other in the overclocking game, consumers care more about out-of-the-box performance. So while the Core i9-13900K looks impressive under LN2, we'll soon see if it can overpower AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X when Raptor Lake launches on October 20.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • emike09
    I'll finally be able to run Flight Sim maxed out without a CPU bottleneck!!! Mom! More LN2!!!
  • Colif
    Get back to me when any of this is useful or possible on air. Its rather meaningless otherwise.
  • spentshells
    I overclocked my lapped q6600 on air to a stable 3.8Ghz. Thats 60% wake me up when the percentage gets that far.

    Also though... gg im super jealous
  • Vanderlindemedia
    Is it a suicide run? Then it's useless to even compare what the max oc'ing potential would be on air.

    spentshells said:
    I overclocked my lapped q6600 on air to a stable 3.8Ghz. Thats 60% wake me up when the percentage gets that far.

    Also though... gg im super jealous

    Its never going to happen with this type of silicon. We are at the max of what is possible for quite some time. Things are slowing down significant.
  • -Fran-
    That was single core and it looks like they tried 6.3Ghz "all-core" (P-cores only), but didn't record it or pass. Still cool, I guess.

    I think Sandy Bridge was a better OC'er.

  • ocer9999
    I wonder if under the hood was a OC-Formula there...
  • gdmaclew
    My Dad is bigger than your Dad.
    Oh Please.
  • DavidLejdar
    Yeah, it is nice to hear about overclocking, but I am certainly one of those who are interested in the out-of-box performance only. And I don't plan to do any overclocking, with the reasons against it:
    extra power consumption,
    possibly voiding warranty and/or reducing life-span (if not done properly), and
    if I would need that extra performance, I should go for a higher tier, or if I would get the highest tier, then not necessarily making full use of it. Specifically, if someone has e.g. the Odyssey Neo G8 screen, or a 360hz screen or recently even a 500hz screen, then they sure may be interested to push the FPS as far as they can get, for which some overclocking may be needed. But for me, some stable 120 frames per second (in most games) will be plenty good, and that should be achievable with out-of-box hardware.
  • Unolocogringo
    Some of us have an overclocking addiction !!!!!
    Been doing it since late/ fall of 96. when I was introduced to The original Thomas Pabst"s (hope I spelled it correct) website.
    P200@252 25%
    P3 450@600 33%
    P3 550e @869 63%
    p3 750@ 997 33%
    P31.26@1589. 12.5%
    Then the P4 fiasco (to keep it family friendly). And I went to the dark side.
    Now days without dry ice/ phase change/ LN2/ LHe2 those numbers are just memories.
  • SkyBill40
    Still can't beat an AMD processor from nearly a decade ago. Interesting.