300W Intel Core i9-13900K CPU Review & Benchmarks: Power, Gaming, Production reviews

November 9, 2022



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Our review & benchmarks of the Intel Core i9-13900K CPU includes testing vs. the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, R9 7900X, Intel i9-12900K, and more. The 13900K CPU is brand new from Intel, but sockets in both Z690 (backwards compatible) and the new Z790 boards — though there shouldn’t be much difference between features. The 13900K can run with DDR4 or DDR5 and will likely be the last true consumer platform on DDR4. AMD AM5 is already fully committed to DDR5.

Watch our Intel i5-13600K CPU review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=todoXi1Y-PI

One correction in this review: We just noticed the power efficiency chart contains a charting error (I accidentally plotted the power efficiency for a different test for the 13900K, but the chart is for Blender — so the numbers are correct but they’re for the wrong software with the 13900K). This error doesn’t change any of our conclusions nor does it change that the CPU does draw 300+/- Watts when under full load, to be clear about that, so power consumption is right. This is the only error we’re aware of and, again, the numbers are right but the 13900K result for the Blender chart is different. That particular chart should be between 32.5-37.0, depending on which set of results you take for the math and if you calculate it warm or cold. This means it is still one of the least efficient entries on the chart; however, the 12900K is actually slightly less efficient than the 13900K here, not more. Sorry for that mistake! No excuses. Just too much data too fast, and I’ll try to get a few hours ahead of the review cycle next time so I’m not operating so tired. My fault and thanks for your understanding! – Steve

Benchmarking includes power consumption tests of the i9-13900K, efficiency charts, and single-core consumption. We’ll also go through gaming benchmarks at 1080p and 1440p, some RTX 4090 benchmarks on the 13900K vs. 7950X, and benchmarks in Blender Cycles, code compile, and the Adobe suite (Premiere & Photoshop).

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – Intel i9-13900K CPU Review & Benchmarks vs. AMD Ryzen
01:30 – Basics
03:05 – Boost is Infinite
04:10 – Compatibility with Z690, Z790, & Memory
05:07 – Power Consumption on 13900K in All-Core Workload
07:23 – Single-Core Power Consumption on 13900K vs. 7950X
07:48 – (Correction in Comments & Description) – Efficiency
08:39 – Brute-Forcing Gaming Results
09:42 – CSGO CPU Benchmarks – 13900K vs. 7900X (1080p, 1440p)
10:48 – FFXIV Best CPUs (13900K CPU Review)
11:22 – Rainbow Six Siege Top CPUs 2022
11:49 – Tomb Raider CPU Benchmarks (RTX 4090 & 3090 Ti)
13:08 – Far Cry 6 CPU Benchmarks (RTX 4090 & 3090 Ti)
14:03 – Frametime Chart – 7950X vs. 13900K
15:11 – Cyberpunk 2077 CPU Tests with RTX 4090
15:30 – Production Benchmarking
16:00 – Blender Cycles CPU Rendering Benchmarks 2022
17:25 – Code Compile CPU Benchmarks for Programming
18:49 – Compression & Decompression CPU Benchmarks
20:42 – Adobe Premiere CPU Benchmarks 13900K vs. AMD Ryzen
21:36 – Adobe Photoshop CPU Benchmarks
22:33 – Conclusion: Intel i9-13900K
25:45 – The i5-13600K Will Be Really Interesting

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37 Comments
  1. Watch our Intel i5-13600K CPU review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=todoXi1Y-PI
    One correction in this review: We just noticed the power efficiency chart contains a charting error (I accidentally plotted the power efficiency for a different test for the 13900K, but the chart is for Blender — so the numbers are correct but they're for the wrong software with the 13900K). This error doesn't change any of our conclusions nor does it change that the CPU does draw 300+/- Watts when under full load, to be clear about that, so power consumption is right. This is the only error we're aware of and, again, the numbers are right but the 13900K result for the Blender chart is different. That particular chart should be between 32.5-37.0, depending on which set of results you take for the math and if you calculate it warm or cold. This means it is still one of the least efficient entries on the chart; however, the 12900K is actually slightly less efficient than the 13900K here, not more. Sorry for that mistake! No excuses. Just too much data too fast, and I'll try to get a few hours ahead of the review cycle next time so I'm not operating so tired. My fault and thanks for your understanding! – Steve

  2. i was watching GN logo ( best !) in slowmotion , 0.25 lower speed , then drunk Jesus start talking to me , i.m still lmao … :DD

  3. didn't round to 420, unsubbed

  4. got a 11700k and an asus z590 wifi board for 259.99 out the door at micro center, both brand new. have fun wasting money

  5. Can you test 12900K vs 13900K on a Z690 DDR4 board?

  6. Is Delidding a 13900KS worth it?

  7. Remember when we laughed at AMD for running hotter than everything else?
    Oh how the turns have tabled…

  8. Why is the box so big? You can prbly fit an entire motherboard in the Intel CPU box

  9. I'm cooling my 13900KF with a Noctua NH-D15, with no apparent issues, getting around the same Cinebench R15 multi core score as a random review site did with an AiO cooler. Could've bought the most expensive, best AiO cooler around if I wanted, but I don't trust having liquids in my PC's.

    As a bonus, my PC is helping my heat pump wam up the old ass house I live in.

  10. This makes no sense, isn’t the TDP at max 140 watts for the 13900k? How did you get +300watts?

  11. Glad I don't need anything new for quite a while. Between my 98se, XP, 7, and Linux machines, I've got all my entertainment covered. Which is hilarious because my main driver (Linux) is a 7600T with a GT 1030 D5.

  12. Looks like I might finally have to part with my trusty noctua NH-D15 air cooler.

  13. Just out if interest, why do you no longer plot temperature vs clock speed anymore in your latest CPU reviews?

  14. "If you have one of these…" I feel attacked being on a Ryzen 5 1600 🙂

  15. Tech Quotes made a video about the problem with an English subtitle explaining the problem
    #Respect_ME_PC_Community

  16. Under what version of Win 10/11 were these tested ?

  17. how much watts in idle 13900k and 7950x??

  18. Reply
    Gjermund Skogstad Lingås November 9, 2022 at 10:15 am

    I miss a temperature chart comparison.

  19. 13900kf and z690 doesn't work properly! Msi tomahawk behaving weird! Cinebench score is half it should be just by rasing the ring by +1

  20. I looked on the results for adobe premiere from puget systems site (the article is "Adobe Premiere Pro: 13th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 7000" can't link because youtube) and they have very different results is there any explenation for that?

  21. Can you TRY contactframe with 13 gen ?

  22. steve @ .25 playback speed in yt is best steve. I guarantee it

  23. Reply
    Ellie’s fun and games November 9, 2022 at 10:15 am

    What’s wrong with eleventh gen it’ll cpus?

  24. If you play games 🎮 buy PS5, it will use 218W only. Save your money 💰.

  25. the i9-13900K and the 4090 both pull over 1000 watts. as an electrician your average 15 amp circuit trips when you go over 1500 watts average load. so in my opinion make sure to save often if youre gaming on a large TV thats connected to the same circuit.

  26. Please add some Rocket Lake CPUs for comparison. It exists and should be added.

  27. Having some real flashbacks to the Pentium 4 days. Intel seems to forget after a decade or so how to make a chip that's not also a hot plate.

  28. LOL, this was great.

  29. I've got a conspiracy for you. Current GPUs and CPUs use more electricity purposely, to increase energy use through inefficiencies, to increase fossil fuels like oil dependence for energy production

  30. Also with power consumption, the returns on mining with this hardware will be interesting to see if it's worth it or not.

  31. What version of windows did you use for gaming benchmarks? Are the 7950x numbers suffering from poor win11 scheduling?

  32. Give me some 3nm silicon from Intel with higher processing efficiency, thanks.

  33. The crash moment pleases me

  34. How many times did Steve say "We are still processing the data."

  35. im rounding that up 420fps nice then we round down from 423 to 420……nice

  36. the amount of power that modern PCs require is insane. 300W for just CPU? whaaat?

  37. 0:25 someone tell me are we supposed to read that pop out on the left? Barely 3 seconds.

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