The Raptor Lake CPU from Intel's mid-range looks like an AMD Ryzen 7000 killer

The Raptor Lake CPU from Intel's mid-range looks like an AMD Ryzen 7000 killer ...

A number of new benchmarks have been revealed for Intel''s Raptor Lake processors, particularly for the Core i5-13600K, which will likely be a popular processor in terms of its pricing, given that these results will be obvious.

Regular hardware leaker HXL shared the benchmarks on Twitter, and they are drawn from Blender, which measures the capabilities of a processor in terms of more serious tasks, such as 3D rendering or modeling.

Opendata13900K 557.66 V3.3.013700K 429.7 v3.2.113600K 358.18 V3.3.07950X 607.53 V3.3.07900X 462.39 V3.3.07700X 305.51 V3.3.07600X 234.65 V3.3.0 10, 2022

Intel''s flagship Core i9-13900K achieved a score of 558, which falls quite short of the Zen 4 flagship, AMD''s Ryzen 9 7950X, who managed 608, so is noticeablely faster. The Team Blues flagship is however as you might expect faster than the 7900X, with the latter scoring 462.

Intels Core i7-13700K scored 430, while the Core i5-13600K scored 358, compared to the Ryzen 7700X on 306 and Ryzen 7600X, who claimed 235 points.

As Toms Hardware (opens in a new tab) highlighted this, there''s a little woes for the 13700K, which is essentially running a different (slightly earlier) version of Blender, which essentially means that its score should be a little higher, although it is unlikely to.

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As ever, we must be cautious about too much looking into data from a single benchmarking source, and make an appropriate amount of seasoning with any leak on the other hand. However, this spillage certainly produces some interesting talking points, the most prominent of which is mid-range performance.

With Team Blues'' pricing tag on the Intels Core i5-13600K, the processor from AMD is less costly than the Ryzen 7700X, while the 7600X is less than 50% faster than the Ryzen 7700X. So, the 7600X is only 50% higher than the previous 7600X, which is equally eye-opening.

The AMD 7950X is 9% faster than the 13900K at the high-end, but the downside is that the AMD chip is 18% more costly (going by US MSRPs in all cases here). While the Raptor Lake flagship is 7% less expensive than the 7900X, it surpasses that CPU by 20% in terms of performance here.

If we compare the 13700K to the 7900X, the AMD processor may not be much more than 5% faster (if we bear in mind that the Intel CPU is likely to be a touch faster than the stated result, obtained on an earlier version of Blender as mentioned), yet the 7900X is in excess of 30% cheaper.

Raptor Lake is looking fantastic, at least when combined with this type of heavyweight software in taxing multi-core workloads. That certainly must be a concern for AMD, and might leave Team Red concerned about adjusting relative pricing here in the long-term, although we can only hope for a competitive environment to assist on the cost front.

With all of that said, what many people will want is a decent gaming experience, which will well know very soon about Raptor Lake.