Valid Intel Core i9-13900 Geekbench 5 showcase thrashes the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and the Ryzen 9 5950X
We recently reported that an Intel Core i9-13900K stopped by Geekbench 5 for a set of valid single-core and multi-core runs. The processor managed to outperform the current gen AMD Zen 3 and Intel 12th gen Alder Lake champions by wide margins, especially in multi-threaded performance. Now, an Intel Core i9-13900, the locked version of the Core i9-13900K, has also paid Geekbench 5 a visit, resulting in impressive single-threaded and multi-threaded scores. The report comes to us courtesy of BenchLeaks.
Before we jump into the results, it is important to mention that the Core i9-13900 was paired with a Gigabyte Z690 GAMING X motherboard and 32 GB of DDR5 memory with a base clock of 2 GHz and a max frequency of nearly 5.3 GHz. Curiously, the memory speed was severely hampered at just 2394 MHz. Such a low memory frequency will most likely have affected the performance of the chip for the worse, so we won’t be surprised if the retail samples produce appreciably better numbers.
With a single-core Geekbench 5 score of 2,124 and a multi-core score of 19,957, the Core i9-13900 nearly matches the Core i9-13900K in single-threaded performance while trailing by 21% in the multi-threaded benchmark. Such a considerable difference in multi-threaded performance is interesting since both chips have 24 cores/32 threads. We can assume that the difference can be the result of lower clock frequencies of the Core i9-13900 (3 GHz vs 2 GHz base, 5.3 GHz vs 5.5 GHz boost) and a significantly slower memory (3,200 MHz vs 2,394 MHz).
Moving on, the Core i9-13900 handily beats the Core i9-12900K in the multi-threaded run based on our median Geekbench 5 score for the Alder Lake part. The Raptor Lake CPU enjoys a healthy lead of 9% in single-core and 12% in multi-core tests. The multi-core improvements can be attributed to higher core counts for the Core i9-13900 which has 8 extra E-cores than the 12th gen Core i9.
The Core i9-13900 thrashes AMD’s consumer Zen 3 champion, the 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 5950X in Geekbench 5 based on our median readings. The single-core score of the Intel part is 28% higher than AMD’s chip while the multi-core result is close to 25% better.
Finally, the Ryzen 7 5800X fares even worse against the Core i9-13900 than the Ryzen 9 5950X in the multi-threaded Geekbench 5 benchmark. While Team Red’s 8-core/16-thread CPU trails the Intel chip by 27% in the single-core test, it falters in the multi-core run where the Core i9-13900 boasts a 77% better score.
Long story short, Intel’s 13th gen Core i9-13900 looks like a beast through and through. That said, Intel’s CPU will have stiff competition from the Ryzen 9 7900X and the Ryzen 9 7950X which are due to be announced today and are rumored to be packing some seriously impressive core clock improvements.