Intel Core i5-13600K review: Core i7 you? Try DDR4 and DDR5

We end this review of the new generation processes -at least for now- with the box Try Intel Core i5-13600K Processor The K-series Raptor Lake-S “entry-level” model, which we are reviewing, is probably one of the most productive products that Intel and AMD have introduced in recent weeks in the CPU area. After testing the clearly extreme Core i9-13900K, and probably not for everyone’s reasons, we took a guess at what cards Intel is bringing to the table, which, like the “Alder Lake” generation of Core 12e solutions, topped the list. with the medium and more precisely with the Core i5 lunt. It should be clear to me that this K variant, like its Core i7/Core i9 siblings before it, is fully TDP unlocked for improved performance and overclocking, but the effectiveness of the innovations introduced by the manufacturer in the generation of the Core 13e line is straightforward. more obvious and sensible even compared to the rest of the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X.

The title of the article already says it all and summarizes in a few words the results obtained by the Core i5-13600K in our benchmarks: the use of 6 Raptor Cove cores, associated with 8 high-performance cores – double that of the Core i5 – 12600K – guarantees exceptional results in multitasking and productivity, we can say of the order of a Core i7 (at least from the previous generation); it also behaves very well in games and that despite the maximum frequency of “only” 5.1 GHz, not so much lower than its predecessor, but especially if you look at the AMD Ryzen 7000 from afar (also above 5, 3GHz).

Therefore, as expected, we took the opportunity 13th Gen Core Benchmark with DDR4 Memory a property in which the Santa Clara company has pushed a lot and that, given in hand, allows the user to be able to take the budget for weddings and RAM (if the question is clear). Obviously there will be an overclocking session, an area where this CPU has the potential to be considered the least monstrous, possibly at Core i9-13900K levels, which, as you can easily understand, is usually done with finer Pi for provide clock frequencies in the range of 5.8 to 6 GHz, but let’s go in order.

  • CORE I5-13600K technology
  • test platform
  • DDR4 and DDR5 Processor and Gaming Performance
  • Consider

CORE I5-13600K technology

As usual, before moving on to the number of tests, we will update the data sheet and recall the product features on the most optimized Intel 7 production node, or if you prefer with the improved 3rd generation 10nm SuperFin process. . . Intel’s performance ratings were confirmed: +15% single threaded and +41% multi-threaded, so no special tests would be needed to get a clear win over the previous model, Core. i5-12600K (Review).

Also Core i5-13600K benefits from larger L2 cache per core and per cluster among other things, with a revised cache policy, now more dynamically and intelligently optimized for single-threaded and multi-threaded loads. Subsequently, it improves the Thread-Director that handles tasks in P-Core or E-Core for the type, as well as DDR5 support; the native goes from 5200 to 5600 MT/s, while for overclocking or via Intel XMP 3.0 – DDR5 (7)800 kits are now available Certified 13th generation kernel.

Like all 13th Gen Core series CPUs except the “F” and “KF” variants, there’s an integrated Intel UHD 770 GPU on board – the same chip found in the Alder Lake-S but with a change in clock frequency from 1.45 GHz to 1.5 GHz; it is the 32 Execution Unit chip that also allows you to test “light” games in 720/1080p with project and bass, but at the same time it is useful in products thanks to Intel Quick Sync, Clear Video HD (discontinued from AV1 cod ).

Returning rather to the purely technical characteristics of the CPU, we are faced with a 14 cores / 20 threads , that is, 6 P-Core Raptor Cove with Hyper-Threading (6C/12T) and 8 E-Core that, although efficient, leave their mark in the field of multitasking. Considering that Core i5 does not support Intel Turbo Boost 3.0 function, the maximum CPU frequency can reach 5.1GHz for P-Core and 3.9GHz for E-Core; good cache allocation, 48 MB between L2 and L3, while Maximum turbo power (MTP) increases from 150W at 12600K to 181W (which are not very rare).


Please note, if still required, that Raptor Lake-S processors are compatible with LGA 1700 based motherboards in the Intel 600 series tests performed section. the new Z790 platform It’s clearly very similar to the Z690, but with some improvements to the PCI-E 4.0 chip lanes (going from 12 to 20 Gen 4) and then an increase in USB M2 and Superspeed slots (see 3.2 Gen 2×2 20 Gbit/s) .

In addition to the ASUS ROG STRIX Z790-E Gaming WIFI that we have already seen with the Core i9-13900K, the current ROG STRIX motherboard platform includes the following. STRIX Z790-A WIFI GAMING D4 which, as you can easily guess from the acronym, supports DDR4 RAM.

No further notice of the repeated variant Wi-Fi for gaming Z790-E DDR5 (we invite you to see HERE), a little news from the sister STRIX Z790-A WIFI GAMING D4 , aesthetically not too far apart but with a color that contrasts with the striated aluminum and silver, always with the ROG RGB logo on the rear I/O panel. Although very similar, the two cards have substantial differences, it is not true that the first is designed for high-end DDR5, while the DDR4 model tries to reduce costs, even at the memory level.

The build quality of the two models is nearly identical, so the heatsink system is powered based on section power and the number of M2 SSDs; we show that STRIX Z790-A GAME WIFI D4 offers 16 VRM + 1 timing – two smaller than the Z790-E – still offering great performance and the ability to keep the Core i9-13900K at bay while overclocking.

The anticipation, in addition to DDR4, up to 5333 MT/s, is subject to PCI-E 5.0 support, although the main PCI-E x16 slot is only limited; The M.2 slots, 4 in total, for PCI-E SSDs are all Gen 4, while the STIX Z790-E has an additional one with a PCI-E 5.0 interface (the first M.2 slot is driven by the CPU).

Aside from what we’ve seen so far, and other little things like the addition of some USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports and gold-plated audio jacks, there aren’t many other differences between the two products; even the STRIX Z790-AMU WIFI supports the best D4 that ASUS company can currently offer:

  • 1 PCI-E x16 slot (Gen 5), 2 PCI-E x16 slots (Gen 4), 1 PCI-E x1 slot (Gen 3)
  • 4 M.2 Gen 4.0 slots
  • WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, Intel 2.5G LAN
  • 17 USB ports with 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 20Gbps
  • ASUS SupremeFX Audio (ALC4080), 7.1, AMP Savitech.
  • HDMI video output (4K @ 60Hz) and display port (8K @ 60Hz)
  • BIOS FlashBack and Clear CMOS button
  • M.2 Q slot, Block, Plus Q-Release
  • ASUS AURA Sync with ARGB header support
  • OptiMem II, ASUS AI Cooling with Xpert 4.0, ASUS AI Overclocking, Two-way AI Sound Reception

As for the cost of the two models, remembering in case we are talking about high-end products (also in DDR4) also optimized for overclocking and artificial intelligence, you can already find the ROG Strix Z790- E Gaming WiFi for about 670 euros, while it goes down about 200 euros for the Z790 -A Gaming WIFI D4 variant with DDR4 support.

test platform

Looking at the ASUS matrix, it’s not hard to guess which platform the Core i9-13600K sits on, cooled in this case by another ASUS product, the ROG RYUJIN II 360. To measure chip work Intel offers a DDR5 6200 kit and a DDR4 4000 kit to repeat the homogeneous scenario and not too much with the loss of DDR4. Among other things, the Raptor Lake-S memory controller turned out to be simply excellent and allowed us for the first time to use DDR4 in Gear 1 mode, that is, with a 2000 MHz memory controller (when the Alder Lake-S Wall was around 1800MHz). Occasionally I also checked the approvals of the “old” Alder Lake-S, “matching” all DDR5 platforms, thus also Raptor Lake and Zen4, with DDR5 6200.

processors :

  • Intel Core i9-13900K, Core i5-13600K
  • Intel Core i9-12900K, Core i7-12700K, Core i5-12600K
  • Intel Core i9 11900K, Core i7-11700K, Core i5-11600K
  • AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, Ryzen 5 7600X.
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X and 5800X3D, Ryzen 5 5600X.

heat sinks :

  • ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 360 for AMD AM5 LGA 1718, Intel LGA 1700 and Ryzen 7 5800X3D
  • NZXT Kraken X63 for Intel LGA MCC and AMD AM4

Base plates:

  • ASUS ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi for Core i9-13900K
  • ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Hero for Ryzen 7000
  • ASUS ProArt X570 WiFi Creator for Ryzen 7 5800X3D
  • ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming Wi-Fi for 12th Gen Intel Core
  • ASUS ROG MAXIMUM XIII HERO for 11th Gen Intel
  • ASUS Prime X570 PRO for AMD Ryzen 5000 series

Regards :

  • DDR5 :
    • Corsair Vengeance 32GB 6200MT/s CL36 (Intel Core 13th & 12th Gen)
    • G.Skill Trident Z5 32GB 6000 @ 6200 MT/s C30 (Ryzen 7000)
  • DDR4:
    • Corsair Vindicta RGB PRO 32GB 3600MT/s CL16 (Ryzen 5000 & 11th Gen Intel)
    • Kingston Fury Renegade 32GB 4000MT/s CL16 (Intel Core i5-13600K)

Graphic card : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 FE

SSD storage : Corsair MP600 PRO LPX 2TB

Power supply : Corsair RM1000x 1000W

Operating system : Windows 11 PRO updated to the latest version

Software package :

  • R15 film bank
  • Cinema bench R23
  • corona test
  • indian essay
  • Blender – BMW Scene
  • Embedded CPU-Z Benchmark
  • Try 7-Zip 32MB
  • WinRAR multithreaded test
  • Brand PC 10
  • 3DMark Time SPy processor test
  • AIDA64 Ultimate AES and SH3 encryption
  • Mozilla Kraken (web browser)
  • Far from crying 6
  • watchdogs: legion
  • 5 years
  • “Red Dead Redemption II”
  • horizon without sunrise
  • Shadow of the Tomb Rider


Let’s move on to the field test, the first test session is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and requested, the report of the Core i5-13600K temperature and power consumption which, like its big brother, for TDP and overclocking capabilities (mainly). We have already seen that the MTP (Maximum Crowd Power) was increased on the Core i5-12600K, however, from 150 to 181 Watts during our tests. Based on Cinebench R23, the new Raptor Lake-S did not exceed 150 Watts all are of the best temperament. This trend is much more manageable than the Core i9-13900K, while on the performance side it is already clear that Intel’s mid-range has put all those references to the new Ryzen 5 7600X and Ryzen 7700X hard.

The Core i5s consume a little more than the Ryzen 5 7600X in-game, more along the lines of the Ryzen 7 7700X, as they notice the highest power peaks and the lowest operating temperatures, all with the multi-core performance that we will see next. in detail – definitely superior.

About overclocking Unlike its 12th generation predecessor, the Core i5-13600K shows impressive potential, to say the least. with the greatest ease 6 GHz hit us in every dual core application, when a frequency of all cores 5.7 GHz . It’s worth noting that these results, still unlikely in our opinion, were achieved with a 360mm Liquid AiO system, leaving more room for growth in the type of fanatics who like to try their hand at sessions. cooling with unconventional systems.

DDR4 and DDR5 Processor and Gaming Performance

This section on processor and game performance, on the one hand, gives us an overview of the Intel processor compared to the other models in the lot, on the other hand, it shows us the differences that can exist between the Raptor Lake configuration. -S with DDR4 and one with DDR5. In this case, the behavior of the 13th Gen Core platform doesn’t differ much from what we saw in Alder Lake (here’s our comparison): single-core performance doesn’t vary as much as multi-core performance. – a little more – and fruit; a somewhat different discourse in games of chance, where, as is often the case, the percentage can vary greatly depending on the title played.

In rendering and equipment, the Core i5-13600K offers really impressive performance compared to its direct rivals Ryzen 5 7600X and Ryzen 7 7700X (that’s a bit), both of which are almost always outperformed; At first, we notice that in the aforementioned benchmarks, the newly arrived Core i5 is just the Ryzen 9 5950X and the new Ryzen 9 7000 series (as well as the Core i9-13900K) is a great calling card even for all different ones. of the outer zone

In this round of tests, AMD remains ahead of WinRar and Mozilla Kraken, while if we talk about the “small” game, Raptor Lake averages +7% on Ryzen 5 7600X and +5.3% on Ryzen 7 7700X (we mentioned the average of FPS at 1080P). Returning instead to the comparison at home with Alder Lake, this Core i5 still beats the 12600K and 12700X, not to mention that it is often close to the Core i9-12900K, sometimes even ahead, even in games but on several levels.


While we hope to test the Core i7-13700K as well, which didn’t arrive in time to be included in the test sessions, this series of tests on the Core i5-13600K still allows us to complete this “first wave”. 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake-S Core Processors Considering that the Core i7 variant is to be run by the Core i9-12900K, also for consumption, Intel’s goal for the K-series seems pretty clear: the Core i9 -13900K is the benchmark for those looking for outright performance, sacrificing a few watts, the Core i7-13700K still looks premium but with an eye on price (Ryzen 9 7900X shows), while this Core i5-13600K takes the competition in the $300/euro range to another level .

The tests leave no room for doubt: except for the game, where the variations can change depending on the game considered, the Ryzen 5 7600X is clearly defeated and the Ryzen 7 7700X also begins to suffer from the competition of the Core i5 Raptor Lake; especially considering the list prices of both products between $319 and $399 (for Ryzen 7). As seen in several sessions, there are areas where Ryzen is still the favorite due to AMD’s architecture, but at first, Intel’s solution is excellent, still offering similar performance in “DDR4 sauce”.

When it comes to the differences between Intel Raptor Lake-S DDR4 and DDR5, we have seen how there is a difference, however, these differences are only noticeable in benchmarks and hardly noticeable by common usage; Of course, in “more sensitive” games, having 10 or 20 more FPS could make a difference -especially if we are dealing with high-resolution monitors-, but in general it is a “reduction” that will equal the savings in the game. economy. the entire platform (motherboard-RAM).

Finally, we can say, at least for now, that The Intel Core i5-13600K is undoubtedly one of the most interesting processors in the mid-range consumer segment : The price is good, the performance is good in hunting and especially in productivity, an area where it clashes and prevails with previous models (see Ryzen 7 7700X and several previous generation Core i7 / Ryzen 7).


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