Intel Core i9-13900K Video Review by Hardware Unboxed

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date : 2023-01-12 15:00:22
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Titre Original: Intel's Zen 4 3D V-Cache Counter, Core i9-13900KS Review & Benchmarks
Intel Core i9-13900K Video Review by Hardware Unboxed
Video Review for the product Intel Core i9-13900K, published on Youtube with the title "Intel's Zen 4 3D V-Cache Counter, Core i9-13900KS Review & Benchmarks" by Hardware Unboxed

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Books today we're taking a look at the new Intel Core I9 13900 KS this one's in the film or Grizzly contact frame which is why it looks a bit different than normal and also we've had to cover up where we got it from because this is not part of the official review program if there is one we acquired a confidential chip from well somewhere anyway this is the 1300 KS and it is very similar to the 1200 KS and 9900 KS that came before it so let's just say this special edition product is nothing more than a mildly overclocked version of the original sure it might be bin silicon but for the most part that just means it's a whisker faster and a boatload more expensive how much faster and how much more expensive we'll get to in a moment but before we do today's sponsor spot is brought to you by gigabyte and their Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series of graphics cards for gamers seeking a premium experience the aorus range offers a number of excellent models such as the extreme master and water force all models include high-end coolers either with massive triple fan heat sinks or large radiators in the case the waterfall series these aggressive performance Focus designs ensure optimal operating temperatures and maximum power delivery they're also very eye-catching with stunning RGB visual effects and of course with the ability to support Ray tracing and dlss you can enjoy breathtaking in-game visuals for our Aussie viewers these models are also available in pre-built systems from m-wave ple scorptec and aceticon so for more information please check the link in the video description okay so if you're familiar with the core I9 13900k getting up to speed with the ks version it's not going to take long the thermal velocity boost frequency has been increased from 5.8 gigahertz to 6 gigahertz the p-core base frequency has also been increased from three gigahertz to 3.2 gigahertz and this has raised the base TDP from 125 watts to 150 watts while the max turbo Power Remains the Same at 253 watts and well you're
now up to speed so that's it a seven percent increase to the base clocks and a three and a half percent boost to the peak operating frequency actually no that's not it I forgot one Minor Detail the price currently Intel's charging customers 600 us for the standard 1300k and although I don't have the official MSRP for the new KS version as Intel never sampled us or gave us any information about these parts but locally here in Australia the 1300 KS is set to cost twelve hundred and sixty dollars up from a thousand dollars for the standard model so that's a 26 percent price premium for what might amount to around a five percent performance Improvement and that 26 margin seems about right the 1200k for example launched at 650 us and can be had for 430 U.S today while the 1200 KS that launched at 800 us and can be had for 520 us today so that's a 23 launch premium and a 21 premium at present so therefore it stands to reason the 13 900 KS will be coming in at at least a 20 premium but probably closer to 30 which is crazy given what it is now normally I have quite a few
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application and gaming benchmarks for you but as you're about to see in terms of performance there's generally very little difference between the K and KS model so rather than spend 20 minutes going over dozens upon dozens of graphs I'll speed up the process by reducing the amount of applications we're going to look at while skipping most of the individual game results for the 11 game average also full disclaimer the 3900 KS was benchmarked using the Arctic liquid freezer 2 420 millimeter AIO with the thermal Grizzly CPU contact frame installed and this did improve the all core clocks when compared to the be quiet pure Loop 2 FX 360 millimeter AO which we normally test with without the contact frame and I will show you those results in a moment as for testing I'll be using a GeForce RTX 4090 Windows 11 and resizable bar was enabled for all test configurations okay let's get into it before we get into the blue bar graphs though here's a look at the all core behavior in cinebench R23 on average we saw a package power of 280 Watts with a peak of 300 watts and this allowed for an average clock frequency of 5480 megahertz for reference the 13900k saw the same package power figures but only sustained a frequency of 5330 megahertz making the ks model around three percent faster interestingly when running the single core cinebench R23 test we saw a typical operating frequency of 5580 megahertz with random and very brief spikes up to 5985 megahertz now the biggest issue with the 1300 KS is surprise surprise power and thermals the same issue with the 1300k and then the 1200k before it after just a matter of seconds when running an all-core workload the 13900ks spikes to at least 100 degrees at which point core throttling is triggered dropping package power from 300 watts to 260 Watts they're using the B quite pure Loop 2 FX 360 millimeter IO the 13900ks run at an average of 5370 megahertz which is only 40 megahertz higher than the 139 hurricane as both are firmly limited in our testing but as I noted earlier the Arctic liquid freezer two 420 millimeter IO with the thermal Grizzly CPU contact frame allowed the 1300 KS to sustain a clock speed of 5480 megahertz and this is after an hour of looping cinebench R23 given that's only a three percent increase over the 13 900k and most people interested in the 13900 KS will be looking to upgrade the cooling I think benchmarking with the Arctic liquid freezer and contact frame makes the most sense so we're going to do that okay so here are the cinebench R23 scores taken after a 10 minute Loop the 13900ks improved upon the original model's score by just five percent scoring 40 789 points making it seven percent faster than the 7950x we're also looking at a five percent increase in single core performance over the 13900k or a six percent increase when using the faster ddr5 7200 memory the gains in Photoshop are minimal here the 1300 KS provided a mega three percent performance Improvement achieving a score of 1 665 points compared to the 1612 points provided by the original 13900k the blender open data results are really disappointing here we're looking at a one percent increase in performance one whole percent improved then arming the
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1300 KS with ddr5 7200 got the margin to three percent So the faster memory is making the biggest difference in this test the only impressive aspect of the 1300 KS so far is power consumption and although power usage in general for these core I known Parts is actually very unimpressive relative to the 13900k we're getting a little extra performance at no real cost to power usage the higher quality bin silicon is able to run at slightly lower voltages resulting in the figures that we see here when compared to the 7950x though total system usage is around 40 percent higher with the I9 part which is really bad given the ryzen 9 processor was 12 faster in this test so the 13th gen core I9 series is a disaster for productivity when it comes to power usage and while you can limit the power that does limit performance handing the 7950x a larger performance advantage time for some gaming benchmarks and there's really no good way to break this news so here it is the 13900 KS is 1.3 faster than the 39 hurricane Hitman 3 at 1080p with an RTX 4090 that said you can achieve a massive four percent boost yep that was sarcasm if you use ddr5 at 7200 memory while leaving the 13900k with ddr5 6400 I suppose using 7200 memory for both CPUs will likely see The Return of that one percent margin here we're looking at a one and a half percent performance boost in Horizon zero Dawn for the 13900 KS while using ddr5 7200 memory booster performance biofo the two percent hitting 218 FPS again we're looking at very uninspiring gains in cyberpunk 2077 here the 13900ks offered a one percent performance gain going from 217 to 219 FPS wow feel that difference this did make the ddr5 7200 gains look rather impressive though hitting 228 FPS which is a mere four percent boost but still compared to FPS that's kind of nice the rift breaker is a benchmark that Intel does very well in the 1300k for example is two percent faster than the 7700x though here the 13 nauticals only delivers an extra percent so 2fps more it would seem as though the biggest Advantage here is brought to you by the ddr5 7200 memory as the extra bandwidth provided a reasonably impressive 11 performance uplift hitting 229 FPS FPS mad CS go players will enjoy a massive 20 FPS boost at 1080p with the RTX 4090 though that is just a four percent increase but for the 1300 KS that's a big result and if you opt for ddr5 7200 memory you can push that up to 544 FPS last up before we take a look at the 11 game average here's the newest addition to the CPU testing a plague Tower Requiem here the 13 Nutter okay was good for 120 FPS on average which made it just three percent slower than the 7700x however the 1300 KS was able to match the 7700x so a three percent boost over the 13900k and then armed with ddr5 7200 memory we extracted a further three percent performance okay so here's a look at the 11 game average and as found previously the 7700x and 13900k are neck and neck that being the case the on average two percent increase for the 1300 KS meant it was a whopping two
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percent faster than the 7700x so yeah all that extra heat and power for a measly two percent boost on average then with ddr5 7200 which the 7700x can't use the 1300 KS was five percent faster then for those of you interested here's the 1440p data under the slightly more GPU Limited Test conditions the 13900 KS was two percent faster than the 1300k so that's rather pointless well I wasn't that impressed with the 1300k and I reviewed it back in October so as you'd probably expect I'm none to impress with the ks version it basically takes all the dumb attributes of the original and just doubles down on them resulting in basically no extra performance and a huge price premium so just what we've come to expect from Intel's KS processors of course these special edition processors are meant for extreme overclockers and I guess enthusiastic overclockers in general so if you see value and paying over a 20 premium for what is meant to be bin silicon then I guess fine for everyone else though they just make no sense and I feel the same can really be said about the 13900k typically speaking the ryzen 9 7950x is a bit cheaper though the savings there are eaten up by the motherboard costs but it is also the superior productivity CPU generally offering greater performance at significantly lower power consumption the memory costs in my opinion are irrelevant here is you wouldn't and really shouldn't pair the core I9 processor with ddr4 memory now the 7150x it might like to run at 95 degrees but it doesn't throttle and it is easy to keep at that temperature with a basic cooler meanwhile the 13900k wants to exceed 100 degrees with a 360 millimeter IO and therefore does have to Thermal throttle the core I9 part also dumps significantly more heat into your case and if that sounds trivial to you trust me it's not iGame using a 1200 KS and it's a real pain and as such I will be doing away with it later this year for gaming though I'd rather use the ryzen 7 700x or the more efficient 7700 version though you can under Vault and or use eco mode with the 7700x anyway it's a significantly more power efficient part that delivers 13 900k like gaming performance for well under 400 us that said if your primary concern is gaming then right
now you are best off waiting until Zen 4 3D V cash Parts land next month and check out what they have to offer the 1300 KS though it just ain't it it's a dumpster fire of a processor and at the expected price tag of 1260 Australian and at least 700 U.S it's just a joke I guess at the right price this could be a great product as you just power limit it for more sane operating temperatures but if you're going to do that then the 1300 okay obviously makes more sense so as I've said short of extreme overclockers this is a seriously dumb product that you should avoid and that's probably why Intel hasn't sampled the 1300 KS at least they didn't to us we didn't sign an NDA so we could have released this review at any time but I believe we are going live at the official time and date out of respect for other reviewers

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00:00 - Welcome back to Hardware Unboxed
00:52 - Sponsor Spot
01:43 - Intel Core i9 13900KS Specifications
03:53 - Test System Specs
04:08 - All-Core Behaviour Cinebench R23
05:58 - Cinebench R23
06:22 - Adobe Photoshop 2022
06:38 - Blender Open Data
06:55 - Total System Power Consumption
07:41 - Hitman 3
08:12 - Horizon Zero Dawn
08:24 - Cyberpunk 2077
08:48 - The Riftbreaker
09:12 - Counter Strike: Global Offensive
09:32 - A Plague Tale: Requiem
09:59 - 11 Game Average (1080p)
10:27 - 11 Game Average (1440p)
10:40 - Final Thoughts

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