More-core Intel Core i7-13700 makes underwhelming first appearance on PassMark with +10% performance gains over the i7-12700
It is the Intel Core i7-13700 that has become the first Raptor Lake processor to appear on the PassMark synthetic benchmark, despite numerous appearances elsewhere by other SKUs. The i7-13700 produced a single-thread rating of 4,347 and a CPU Mark of 34,431. In the high-end desktop processor chart, the latter score is high enough to leave the i7-13700 rubbing shoulders with the likes of the i7-12700K and AMD Ryzen 9 5900. Two samples have been benched so far, leaving a high margin for error.
However, a closer look shows once again that Intel has focused more on the architecture for Raptor Lake and less on raw performance gains. While the i7-13700 only produces single-thread and multi-test results that are +10.15% and +9.64%, respectively, greater than those of the Intel Core i7-12700, it does come with a core-count bonus. The Alder Lake chip has 12 cores (8P + 4E) and 20 threads whereas the Intel i7-13700 grows to 16 cores (8P + 8E) and 24 threads.
At this stage, it’s practically pointless to compare these Raptor Lake leaks with current AMD rival benchmarks because of the huge differences in SKU age and architecture. There are no Zen 4 parts publicly listed on PassMark yet, so for the sake of curiosity the gains for the i7-13700 over a fellow 65 W desktop processor, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800, are +28.38% (single) and +33.14% (multi). But this is with a favorable 8-core, 8-thread, 19-month advantage for the chip from Team Blue.