Your Guide to Intel 13th Gen

Are you looking to upgrade to the Intel 13th gen CPUs? Overclockers UK has put together this guide with everything you need to know about this brand-new generation of processors, including all of the hardware you need to upgrade. 

Intel 13th Raptor Lake:

Primed to support all of your gaming needs, the brand-new Intel 13th gen CPUs come armed with a vast array of cutting-edge technology.  

Expanding on the powerful hybrid P- and E- architecture, Intel Raptor Lake processors now feature more E-, efficiency, cores to streamline your workloads and make multitasking even easier. Whilst the P-, performance, cores are tasked with optimising your workflow to ensure you get the best possible performance every time. All of which is backed up by the built-in Intel Thread Director, to effectively spread these tasks across the P- and E- cores.  

What’s more, Intel 13th gen CPUs come fully equipped with support for both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, meaning you don’t have to upgrade to DDR5 straight away, or at all if you don’t want to! However, you will have to ensure your motherboard is compatible with your chosen RAM standard. 

If you want more of an in-depth look at Intel Raptor Lake, you can check out our dedicated article! 

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The CPUs:

There are currently six processors available in the Intel Raptor Lake series.  

  • Intel i5-13600 K/KF 
  • Intel i7-13700 K/KF 
  • Intel i9-13900 K/KF 

You can purchase these CPUs as either a K or KF model. Whilst K models are ready and unlocked for unlocking, the F denotes that the CPU does not come with any integrated graphics.  

i5-13600Ki5-13600KFi7-13700Ki7-13700KFi9-13900Ki9-13900KF
Cores14
(6P+8E)
14
(6P+8E)
16 (8P+8E)16 (8P+8E)24
(8P+16E)
24
(8P+16E)
Threads202024243232
Base clock3.5GHz3.5GHz3.4GHz3.4GHz3.0GHz3.0GHz
E- Core max3.9GHz3.9GHz4.2GHz4.2GHz4.3GHz4.3GHz
P- Core
max
5.1GHz5.1GHz5.3GHz5.3GHz5.4GHz5.4GHz
Cache44MB44MB54MB54MB68MB68MB
TDP125W125W125W125W125W125W
UnlockedYesYesYesYesYesYes
Onboard GraphicsYesNoYesNoYesNo

Intel Core i5-13600:

The Intel Core i5-13600 is perfect for both gaming and light content creation. With 14 cores and 20 threads, along with a max boost clock of 5.1GHz, enjoy ultra-fast gaming and effortless multitasking that is perfect for both work and play.  

Intel Core i5-13600K LGA 1700 Processor:

Intel Core i5-13600 CPU
  • 14 cores & 20 threads
  • Hybrid P- and E- architecture
  • 3.50GHz base clock speed
  • 5.1GHz single core max speed
  • 44MB cache
  • 125W TDP
  • Onboard Intel UHD 770 Graphics

Intel Core i5-13600KF LGA 1700 Processor:

  • 14 cores & 20 threads
  • Hybrid P- and E- architecture
  • 3.50GHz base clock speed
  • 5.1GHz single core max speed
  • 44MB cache
  • 125W TDP
  • No onboard graphics

Intel Core i7-13700:

The Intel Core i7-13700 is aimed at streamers and lovers of AAA gaming looking for an upgrade. Utilise the powerful 16 cores and 24 threads to enjoy a fast, optimised experience, even in intensive tasks such as video editing.  

Intel Core i7-13700K LGA 1700 Processor:

  • 16 cores & 24 threads
  • Hybrid P- and E- architecture
  • 3.40GHz base clock speed
  • 5.4GHz single core max speed
  • 54MB cache
  • 125W TDP
  • Onboard Intel UHD 770 Graphics

Intel Core i7-13700KF LGA 1700 Processor: 

  • 16 cores & 24 threads
  • Hybrid P- and E- architecture
  • 3.40GHz base clock speed
  • 5.4GHz single core max speed
  • 54MB cache
  • 125W TDP
  • No onboard graphics

Intel Core i9-13900:

The flagship of the Intel 13th gen is the Intel Core i9-13900. Packed with a whopping 24 cores and 32 threads and a max clock speed of 5.4GHz, this CPU can handle any task you throw its way. From AAA 4K gaming to complex image rendering.  

Intel Core i9-13900K LGA 1700 Processor:

  • 24 cores & 32 threads
  • Hybrid P- and E- architecture
  • 3.0GHz base clock speed
  • 5.8GHz single core max speed
  • 68MB cache
  • 125W TDP
  • Onboard Intel UHD 770 Graphics

Intel Core i9-13900KF LGA 1700 Processor:

  • 24 cores & 32 threads
  • Hybrid P- and E- architecture
  • 3.0GHz base clock speed
  • 5.8GHz single core max speed
  • 68MB cache
  • 125W TDP
  • No onboard graphics

8Pack and Intel 13th Gen:

Overclocking legend, 8Pack, sat down with us and took a closer look at Intel’s brand-new CPUs. We’ve included our video down below if you want to take a look! 

What Do I need to Upgrade to Intel 13th Gen?

Motherboard:

To utilise an Intel 13th gen CPU, you will need a motherboard with a LGA 1700 socket. If you have a motherboard with an existing 600 series chipset, such as the Z690, your motherboard will be compatible with an Intel 13th gen CPU. 

However, you can now also upgrade to a new generation of motherboards with a 700 series chipset, the Z790. 

ASUS ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming Wi-Fi DDR4 ATX Motherboard:

  • ATX form factor
  • Intel Z790 chipset
  • LGA 1700 socket
  • Compatible with Intel 13th Gen
  • Supports PCIe 5.0 and DDR4 RAM
  • Comes with built-in Wi-Fi 6E

MSI Pro Z790-A Wi-Fi DDR5 ATX Motherboard:

  • ATX form factor
  • Intel Z790 chipset
  • LGA 1700 socket
  • Compatible with Intel 13th Gen
  • Supports PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 RAM
  • Comes with built-in Wi-Fi 6E

Cooler:

To keep your brand-new Intel 13th gen CPU cool and performing at its best, then you will need a compatible LGA 1700 cooler

Phanteks Glacier One 240MP AiO CPU Cooler:

  • AiO CPU cooler
  • 240mm
  • 2x 120mm PWM fans
  • Customisable d-RGB lighting
  • Compatible with LGA 1700 socket and Intel 13th gen

Corsair Hydro Series H150i Elite 360mm AiO CPU Cooler:

  • AiO CPU cooler
  • 360mm
  • 3 x 120mm PWM fans
  • aRGB lighting
  • Synchronise via Corsair iCUE software
  • Compatible with LGA 1700 socket and Intel 13th gen

RAM:

The Intel 13th gen CPUs come with support for both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, meaning you can utilise whichever standard of RAM you like. 

If you do wish to upgrade to DDR5, you need to ensure that your motherboard supports it! 

TeamGroup Delta 32GB (2x16GB) DDR5 Dual Channel RAM Kit:

  • 32GB capacity
  • 2 x 16GB RAM sticks
  • DDR5
  • Dual-channel configuration
  • Compatible with Intel XMP 3.0
  • Integrated aRGB lighting

Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Dual Channel RAM Kit:

  • 16GB capacity
  • 2 x 8GB RAM sticks
  • DDR4
  • Dual-channel configuration
  • Compatible with Intel XMP 2.0
  • Integrated aRGB lighting

GPU:

The Intel 13th Gen CPUs are equipped with support for both PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0. This means you can utilise the latest AMD 6000 series and even NVIDIA’s 40 series graphics cards!  

Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT Pulse 16GB GDDR6 Graphics Card:

  • AMD 6000 Series GPU
  • Built with AMD RDNA 2 architecture
  • 2065MHz core clock speed
  • 16GB GDDR6 video memory
  • DirectX 12 Ultimate support
  • Freesync 2 compatible

ASUS GeForce RTX 4090 ROG Strix 24GB GDDR6X Graphics Card:

  • NVIDIA RTX 40 Series GPU
  • Built with Ada Lovelace architecture
  • 16384 CUDA cores
  • 24GB GDDR6X video memory

All Your Intel 13th Gen Questions Answered!

When Will Intel 13th Gen CPUs be Released?

This brand-new generation of CPU has already been released! Intel Raptor Lake CPUs were available to buy from October 20th.  

What Socket Does Intel 13th Gen Use?

The Intel 13th Gen CPUs utilise an LGA1700 socket

Is Intel 13th Gen Good for Gaming?

The Intel 13th Gen comes packed with everything you need to enjoy an optimised gaming experience. The combination of P- and E- cores ensure peak performance in both single and multi-threaded tasks, meaning you can sit back and enjoy ultra-fast speeds and buttery-smooth frame rates in all your favourite AAA games.  

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