CPU Performance

To start testing off I went with a rendering-focused benchmark with the always popular Blender. This benchmark was recently updated so our result list is smaller here. I have all three tests stacked together so we can see an overall of them altogether. Blender loves the higher core counts so it isn’t a surprise that the 16 core Ryzen 9 7950X is at the top here but the 13900K is next down the list. Both CPUs have the same thread count of 32, but the 7950X has full-sized cores for its 16 cores whereas the 13900K has its mixed P and E cores with the E-Cores not having hyper-threading. The big news in this test is with the 13600K coming in just behind last year's flagship 12900K and ahead of the Ryzen 7 7700X which is a more expensive CPU. 

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Continuing with the video encoding theme I also have Handbrake which is an open-source transcoder. For this test I am taking a 4k video down to 1080p 30 FPS, the results are the average FPS of that task. The Intel i9-13900K sits at the top of the chart here by 11 FPS over last year's 12900K with AMDs 7950X in third. Even the 13600K has a big improvement here with it gaining almost 25 FPS over last year's 12600K putting it up close to the $549 7900X.

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For the always popular Cinebench, I have finally retired the old R15 tests but I am still testing with the current R23 and the slightly older Cinebench R20. I always like Cinebench because we have multi-core and single-core performance which gives us a good look at the performance of the whole CPU and IPC performance. In R20 on the multi-core test, the 7950X with its 16 full-sized cores is still the king but the 13900K is a lot closer there than I would have expected with a big gap between it and the 7900X. The 13600K on the other hand sits between the 7700X and the older 12900K. But for the single-core test, the 13900K with its crazy 5.8 GHz max turbo clock speed is way out in front of everything else tested. The 13600K is in the middle of all of the new 7000 series Ryzen CPUs and 40 points ahead of last year's 12900K. Then in Cinebench R23, the results look similar with the 7950X and 13900X way out ahead of everything else in the multi-core test, and the 7950X is still in the lead there. But single core performance once again has the 13900K in its own class and the 13600K again ahead slightly of the 12900K.

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Next up we have ray tracing-focused rendering benchmarks. Here I tested the CPUs in POV-Ray and V-Ray including the newer V-Ray Benchmark 5. POV-Ray was also tested with a single core and across all of the cores. In POC-Ray the 7950X is still at the top with its raw cores but the 13900K isn’t too far behind then there is a big gap after that. The 13600K is sitting in good company ahead of the 7700X and the 12900K. Then for single-core performance, the 13900K is way out in front, and the 13600K is the next fastest running just ahead of all of the Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs. In the older V-Ray Benchmark 1.0.8 the 16 cores of the 7950X have it finishing the test two seconds faster than the 13900K and again the 13600K is sitting between the 12900K and the 7700X along with the old high core count 7980XE in the mix there as well. As for V-Ray Benchmark 5, I just added it into the mix last minute so I haven’t added in the Ryzen 7000 Series for comparison but I included it just to show how big the gap between the 13900K and the 13600K is in these multi-threaded tasks.

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I also tested using the CPUz’s built-in benchmark which does run on a single thread and with all threads. I feel like I’m repeating myself over and over again but the single-thread performance test has both of the 13th gen CPUs at the top and the 13900K way out in the lead. This test does have the 13900K in front of the 7950X in the multi-thread test but it does seem to favor Intel slightly. The gap in performance after those two CPUs down to the 7900X is surprising or at least it would be if I hadn’t already seen it in a few of the previous tests already.

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Next, we have wPrime which is a classic overclocking benchmark that calculates pi out to 1024 million digits and is timed. This is a multi-thread heavy test which has the older high core count CPUs still all over the top of the charts and while the 13900K does have 32 threads and 24 cores, 16 of the 24 cores are the E-Cores which are focused more on background tasks. The 13900K performed similarly to the 11900K and the 9900K and this was an improvement. The 79 second score was 102 seconds faster than the 12900K did in this same test. In fact, the 13600K was right with the 12900K, showing how the performance has improved.

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7 Zip is another open-source program, this time for compressing and decompressing all of your files. Here I have run the benchmark and we have three results. The combined MIPS is a combination of compressing and decompressing performance. Then I have it broken down between the two. This workload likes extra cores which can be seen with the CPUs that are up at the top being some of the older high core-count CPUs that I have tested in the past. Even with the Ryzen 9 7950X having a higher core and thread count though the i9-13900K has a substantial lead in the combined MIPS results and even the 13600K is punching way ahead of its weight class running right with the 7900X. The split results show us a little more though with the 7950X still being at the top of the chart with it sorted by the compressing results but the 13900K having a HUGE lead when decompressing which is what puts it ahead in the combined results. The 13600K however was right with the $200+ more expensive 7900X in all three results here.

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Jetstream 2 is a compilation benchmark that takes a long list of HTML5 and Java in-browser tests and runs them all three times and puts together an overall score. I love this benchmark because let's be honest, most people are using their browser more than any other game or program. Jetstream gives some interesting results sometimes though but it tends to prefer high IPC or single-core performance and there are some situations where it prefers lower core-count CPUs. This time around the 13600K didn’t outperform the 13900K but the two CPUs do sit on top and at the bottom of the four new Ryzen CPUs rounding out the top 6 results with the 13900K on top.

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For Passmark Performance Test I used the latest version, Performance Test 10 I only look at the overall CPU score which takes a few different synthetic benchmarks and combines the results to put together an overall score. This is a test that does favor multi-threader performance over IPC and you can see that with the 7950X topping the chart here and the 13900K sitting between that and the 7900X. The 13600K did outperform last year's 12900K which is the most interesting result here as well as the 7700X.

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Crossmark was a late addition so I haven’t retested on other CPUs yet. Crossmark is from BAPCo which also makes SYSmark and this is a cross-platform test where you can compare performance between phones and both windows and mac computers. This is the start of our overall PC benchmarks and Crossmark uses a mix of real-world tests to output an overall score. Without any comparisons, this information doesn’t do us much good just yet but we can see that the 13900K scored a 2538 and the 13600K had a 2137.

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PCMark 10 is a great test because it tests things like video calls, browser performance, excel, and word performance to give an idea of real-world performance. It tends to like higher clock speeds but does take raw core count into account as well which you can see with the 7950X at the top of the chart here and the 13900K sitting behind it just barely. The 13600K is the surprise though with it outperforming the 12900K but the 7700X did outperform it here.

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We recently added even more real-world testing with the UL Procyon Benchmarks which are as real-world as they can get using the actual programs that you would use in each test. There are three overall benchmarks, first is the Office Productivity Benchmark which uses Microsoft Office 365 to test actual performance in word, excel, PowerPoint, and outlook. The second benchmark is the Photo Editing Benchmark which is run using the latest version of Photoshop as well as Lightroom Classic to look at photo editing performance. Then the last test is the Video Editing Benchmark which uses the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro to test video editing performance. I have all three scores stacked together to get an overall look at the performance. Three of the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs top the chart here which was a surprise, the 13900K did improve on the performance seen from the 12900K but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the latest Ryzen CPUs in these real-world tests. The one exception to that was in the video editing test where the 13900K did outperform all of the Ryzen CPUs, but that lead was lost with the Office and Photo editing results being lower.

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Moving the focus over towards gaming my next test is using Dolphin 5.0 Benchmark. Dolphin 5.0 is a Wii emulator and like most emulators, it doesn’t care about high core counts at all. In fact, it only runs two in total. Clock speeds are king here but apparently, it is all about the base clock speeds for the Ryzen CPUs with the lower-end versions with higher base clocks outperforming their higher-end brothers. None of that matters when compared to the 13900K however which improved from the 12900K by 21 seconds putting it 14 seconds faster than the 7900X. The 13600K improved by 17 seconds compared to the 12600K and this put it above all but one of the new Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs as well with it sitting behind the 7900X by just two seconds.

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Before diving into game testing I wanted to check out synthetic performance using 3DMark. I tested with the older DX11 Fire Strike test as well as the newer DX12 Time Spy. I also added the new 3DMark CPU Profile benchmark into the mix as well which does a good job of showing the full range of thread counts that you might see being used in games as well as a max threads option that does everything above 16 threads. In the Fire Strike test, the 13900K is at the top of the chart with a big lead over the 7950X and the 7900X and the 12900K are surprisingly close together in their results. The 13600K running with the 7700X given the price difference. In the Time Spy test, Intel did even better with the 13900K out in front and then last year's 12900K behind it. Even the 13600K came in ahead of the 7950X in that test. In the last test, the CPU profile graph shows performance differences at 1, 2 4, 8, and 16 threads as well as a test with max threads which maps out the performance depending on thread count in 3DMark. The 7950X tops the max threads end of the chart with its 16 cores and 32 threads but the 13900K was behind it there but ahead in the 1-8 thread tests.

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For in-game performance testing, I ran them through a variety of new and old games. TF2 for example is a very old game at this point but is also extremely CPU dependent which makes it a good option to check out for older source-based games. Game results for the i9-13900K had it at the top of our graphs in 5 out of the 9 tests and with it being 1 FPS off in Shadow of the Tomb Raider to the 7950X and 1 FPS off from the 13600K in Ghost Recon Wildlands. That result especially is interesting because the 12600K performed similarly against the 12900K as well last year with the mid-range CPUs gaining 1 FPS over the flagship. In Dirt 5 and Metro Exodus the new Ryzen CPUs were all out ahead of the 13th Gen CPUs and there were a lot of tests where all four of the new Ryzen CPUs came in just ahead of the i5-13600K but overall in all of the gaming tests, Intel’s new CPUs did well taking the crown back, of course, we don’t have the 5800X3D in the mix.

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I did also run both CPUs through a few tests using AIDA64, specifically, I wanted to check out cache performance, memory performance, and how the CPUs handle single and double precision and different integers. It’s surprising to see how much faster the new 7000 Series Ryzen CPUs are compared to the new 13th Gen CPUs when it comes to L1 performance and L3 to a lesser extent but the 13900K does catch back up with its larger L2 cache, but not enough to pass the 7950X. Another interesting result is in the memory performance with the new Ryzen CPUs having noticeably lower memory latency but the 13th Gen Intel being faster with memory read speeds and Ryzen a little faster on Memory write speeds.

AIDA64

L1 Cache Read

L1 Cache Write

L1 Cache Latency

L2 Cache Read

L2 Cache Write

L2 Cache Latency

L3 Cache Read

L3 Cache Write

L3 Cache Latency

GB/s

GB/s

ns

GB/s

GB/s

ns

GB/s

GB/s

ns

AMD Ryzen R7 2700X

999.43

502.5

1

978.03

495.12

2.8

414.95

417.71

8.8

AMD Ryzen R5 2600X

768.13

388.05

1

729.37

366.01

2.9

429.09

323.83

9.1

Ryzen 5 2400G

485.01

238.29

1

459.8

232.2

3.1

222.96

181.6

9.6

Ryzen 3 2200G

460.55

227.41

1.1

352.84

177.56

3.3

137.3

171.2

10.2

Intel i7-8700K

1595.6

803.65

0.9

640.37

397.14

2.6

337

213.67

11

Intel i5-8400

1417.2

710.79

1

543.81

352.9

3.1

270.89

186.82

13

Intel Core i9-7980XE

3758.3

1896.7

1.1

1671.7

1069.9

5.6

229.61

118.4

21

Intel Core i9-7960X

3532.3

1785.2

1

1571.6

1003.5

5.1

220.22

121.04

19.8

Intel Core i7-7820X

1969.9

995.02

1

884.63

574.74

5.6

114.4

103.57

19.2

Intel Core i5-7640X

1044.8

31888

1

397.26

247

2.9

228.31

163.86

11.1

Intel Core i9-7900X

2418.5

709.16

1

1037.3

521.94

5.2

124.16

106.78

21.2

Intel Core i7-7740X

1102.7

561.25

0.9

424.55

304.3

2.7

287.01

186.67

21.2

Intel i7-6900K

1963.9

999.59

1

710.28

310.34

4.1

243.96

195.41

14.6

Intel i7-7700K

1114.6

560.82

0.9

415.45

285.97

2.7

234.5

188.7

10.4

Intel i7-5960X

1748.5

874.6

1.2

623.08

272.77

3.5

260.72

184.92

15.3

AMD Ryzen R7 1800X

917.46

460.16

1.1

831.95

446.37

4.7

388.18

386.01

12.4

AMD Ryzen R7 1700X

867.89

435.33

1.2

809.29

419.38

5

369.75

350.31

12.9

AMD Ryzen R7 1700

793.9

398.12

1.3

742.92

389.73

5.4

334.36

332.12

14.2

AMD Ryzen R5 1600X

689.47

345.95

1.1

630.99

334.93

4.7

386.48

326.86

12.3

AMD Ryzen R5 1500X

446.84

224.01

1.1

306.82

211.58

11.8

306.82

211.58

11.8

AMD Ryzen R5 2600

685.38

344.05

1

669.28

333.5

3.1

381.16

320.56

9.8

AMD Ryzen R7 2700X

849.91

426.09

1

837.76

418.75

3

357.51

356.71

9.4

Intel i7-8086K

1596.4

803.56

0.9

623.36

423.53

2.6

380.04

243.73

10.9

Intel i9-9900K

2375.6

1195.4

0.8

907.65

626.34

2.4

302.01

221.1

11

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

3098.6

1551.4

0.9

1545.3

1416.8

2.8

1014.4

836.39

11.5

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

2133.2

1072.9

0.9

1069.1

993.49

2.8

611.53

573.21

10.2

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

1547.4

779.24

1

777.62

745.3

2.8

584.93

538.45

10.4

AMD Ryzen 3 3400G

508.97

253.87

1

490.26

247.04

3

233.57

193.62

9.3

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

1080.5

541.5

0.9

541.84

530.5

2.7

322.13

321.33

11.1

AMD Ryzen 3 3100

965.85

484.67

1

485.55

460.71

3.1

374.11

343.53

11.8

Intel i5-10600K

1676.6

840.87

0.8

662.98

452.67

2.5

361.35

238.47

10.5

Intel i9-10900K

3162.1

1586.7

0.8

1201.8

759.97

2.4

407.66

245.94

11.4

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

1721.4

869.69

0.9

851.89

831.97

2.6

276.24

298.84

11

Intel i9-11900K

4542.8

2299.3

1

1413.2

691.62

2.5

330.32

213.28

11.4

Intel i5-11600K

3412.3

1724.9

1

960.91

526.76

2.7

319.1

198.57

11.4

Intel i9-12900K

2310

1438.7

1

1233.5

562.72

2.9

678.84

418.11

19.8

Intel i5-12600K

1461.1

971.78

1.1

846.4

360.51

3.2

598.86

292.09

21.4

AMD Ryzen 5 4500

1561.9

784.1

1

785.34

751.61

2.9

350.05

571.19

10.5

AMD Ryzen 5 5600

1646.6

831.24

0.9

832.43

767.22

2.7

445.8

437.73

11.9

AMD Ryzen 7 5700X

2267.8

1157.8

0.9

1147.6

1026.1

2.6

501.53

526.11

11.5

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X

2722.9

1381

0.7

1361.1

1305.1

2.7

887.95

901.2

10.1

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X

1996.3

1019.3

0.7

1020.9

999.93

2.6

847.43

847.61

10.5

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

5252.2

2685

0.7

2615.6

2588.4

2.6

1293.7

1357.3

9.9

AMD Ryzen 9 7900X

4042.4

2051.4

0.7

2008.5

1956.3

2.5

1278.6

1394.1

9.8

Intel i9-13900K

2005.7

872.39

0.9

2280.2

851.63

3.7

1729.2

619.38

18.3

Intel i5-13600K

3218.4

1472.5

1.1

1156

479.87

4.5

907.63

406.76

14.9

 

AIDA64

Memory Read

Memory Write

Memory Latency

Single-Precision FLOPS

Double Precision FLOPS

AES-256

24-bit Integer IOPS

32-bit Integer IOPS

64-bit Integer IOPS

MB/s

MB/s

ns

GFLOPS

GFLOPS

MB/s

GIOPS

GIOPS

GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R7 2700X

50214

48578

65

507.9

253.9

70514

127.7

127.7

64.22

AMD Ryzen R5 2600X

50273

48346

65.5

383.2

191.4

51932

95.82

95.82

48.15

Ryzen 5 2400G

45967

47850

66.6

235.9

117.8

32388

58.94

58.98

29.67

Ryzen 3 2200G

35567

36240

118.4

225.8

112.6

27603

56.32

56.32

28.3

Intel i7-8700K

38421

40175

57.9

825

412.5

29406

370

370

51.55

Intel i5-8400

38096

40549

59.8

728.8

364.5

25192

323.5

323.5

45.55

Intel Core i9-7980XE

77004

68888

73.4

1831

915.5

69377

821.2

821.3

121.6

Intel Core i9-7960X

79416

71554

74.9

1681

840.6

65409

754

753.9

114.7

Intel Core i7-7820X

76049

73759

71.6

944.9

472.5

36420

423.7

423.7

63.85

Intel Core i5-7640X

30786

31888

68.5

536.5

268.2

18547

238.1

138.1

33.53

Intel Core i9-7900X

76856

72856

72.8

1148

574.5

45506

515.1

515

79.76

Intel Core i7-7740X

38455

40596

53.2

575.4

287.8

20503

258.1

258

35.97

Intel i7-6900K

66786

68130

61.9

1023

511.7

36340

255.9

255.9

63.96

Intel i7-7700K

38498

40448

52.7

575.7

287.9

20519

258

258

35.98

Intel i7-5960X

66108

49545

62.8

895.5

447.7

31783

223.9

223.9

55.97

AMD Ryzen R7 1800X

44031

43425

81.8

472.4

236.2

64016

118.1

118.1

59.03

AMD Ryzen R7 1700X

44493

43749

78.3

446.8

223.4

61730

111.7

111.7

55.84

AMD Ryzen R7 1700

45343

43777

82.6

408.5

204.3

56811

102.1

102.1

51.05

AMD Ryzen R5 1600X

44452

43918

83.7

354.9

177.5

49340

88.74

88.73

44.34

AMD Ryzen R5 1500X

44289

43746

83.1

229.8

114.8

31983

57.43

57.45

28.72

AMD Ryzen R5 2600

50385

48499

66.5

351

175.4

48939

88.03

88.02

44.01

AMD Ryzen R7 2700

50088

48343

65.9

434.3

217.2

60336

108.6

108.6

54.68

Intel i7-8086K

39069

40675

56.2

824.9

412.5

29397

369.9

369.9

51.55

Intel i9-9900K

39682

41015

51.1

1226

613

45542

550

549.8

79.79

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

53981

52271

70.7

1546

772.1

106943

385.7

385.7

96.57

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

51498

28739

67.3

1078

537.8

74474

271

271.2

67.77

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

50769

28736

68.9

799.5

400

55456

198.6

198.6

49.64

AMD Ryzen 3 3400G

49936

53502

67.1

257.2

128.5

35736

64.16

64.16

32.25

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

51435

28743

66.4

551.6

276.1

38176

138.7

138.7

34.65

AMD Ryzen 3 3100

50246

28734

71.1

497.6

248.7

34946

124.4

124.4

31.09

Intel i5-10600K

43340

43430

48.2

863.8

431.9

30782

387.2

386.9

53.99

Intel i9-10900K

44972

43808

50.5

1632

815.7

58163

731.3

731.2

102

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

50972

28772

59.2

891.9

445.8

61623

709.6

709.7

55.72

Intel i9-11900K

44919

43343

51.8

1068

534.2

164966

547

547

182.7

Intel i5-11600K

43953

43468

55.6

838.7

419.4

123767

429.3

429.3

143.4

Intel i9-12900K

71418

72395

82

695.7

247.9

140499

400.6

400.6

166.2

Intel i5-12600K

65416

71336

87.8

432.5

216.2

86470

252.7

252.7

96.22

AMD Ryzen 5 4500

52683

53191

82.8

806

402.6

56578

201.5

201.3

50.35

AMD Ryzen 5 5600

48444

28753

70.9

853.2

426.2

107839

675.8

679.6

53.38

AMD Ryzen 7 5700X

47858

28760

68.2

1158

577.9

137459

919.1

912.9

74.38

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X

58755

80120

70

1392

694.6

192730

1205

1205

602.4

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X

54720

80771

69.5

1046

523.1

147661

912.5

912.5

456.4

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

67342

76712

69

2735

1364

379510

2370

2370

1184

AMD Ryzen 9 7900X

68064

78123

67.7

2062

1029

288134

1792

1789

895.4

Intel i9-13900K

76006

68902

86.1

2238

1116

157028

831.4

831.4

270.6

Intel i5-13600K

64721

62311

97.2

1294

647

86637

509.5

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