core i5 13600K review

Intel Core i5-13600K review – is the 13600k worth it?

Is the Core i5-13600K worth buying now?

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The Intel Core i5-13600k is a phenomenal CPU regarding power and efficiency. This is mostly thanks to the LITTLE.big technology introduced to Intel’s architecture back in the 12th generation of processors. LITTLE.big provides power without compromising efficiency too much, and it’s what helped Intel stay in the game.

The i5-13600k is the entry-level CPU in the 13th generation lineup, having 14 cores (6 P-cores, 8 E-cores) and a total of 20 threads. With a maximum boost frequency of 3.9GHz, the 13600K still has room to dominate in the gaming space, despite being entry-level.

The 13900K was released in 2022, meaning it can be found at a very competitive price, and perhaps hold value over newer CPUs on the market.

Intel Core i5-13600K

Cores/ threads
14 cores (6 P-cores + 8 E-cores) 20 threads
5.1 GHz
CPU socket
LGA 1700

Core i5-13600K specifications

before we get into the performance of the 13600k and see just how well it does, we need to outline the specifications of the 13600K.

  • Cores: P-cores 6 / E-cores 8
  • Threads: 20
  • Base clock frequency: P-cores 3.5 GHz / E-cores 2.6 GHz
  • Boost clock frequency: P-cores 5.1 GHz / E-cores 3.9 GHz
  • L3 cache: 20MB
  • Default TDP: 125 W / 181 W boost.
  • iGPU: Intel UHD graphics 770

As you can see, there’s plenty to be excited about regarding the 13600K. We have a 14-core, 20-thread configuration that can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. But before we see the results of our testing, we need to outline the components on the test bench on which we tested the 13600k.

the test bench consisted of:

  • Intel Core i5-13600K
  • ASUS ROG RYUJIN ii 360 CPU cooler
  • ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Extreme
  • Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR5 @5600Mhz
  • MSI Gaming X Trio RTX 3080
  • Fractal Design ION+ 860W
  • Samsung 860 Evo

Intel Core i5-13600K performance

We tested the 13600k in both synthetic and real-world scenarios, to get a feel for how well this CPU can perform in varying situations. First up, we have the synthetic benchmarks.

Core i5-13600k synthetic performance

13600k synthetic benchmarks

We tested the 13600k in some of the world’s most popular synthetic benchmark tests, CPU Z, Cinebench R23, and Geekbench 5. Reporting on both single and multi-core performance results as we went.

In CPU-Z, the 13600K performed strongly, scoring 830 points in single-core benchmarks and 9,846 points in multi-core benchmarks. Comparatively, the 7600X lagged behind with scores of 766 points and 6,075 points, respectively.

Moving to Cinebench R23, the 13900K displayed commendable single-core performance, scoring 1,992 points, and impressive multi-core performance with 24,024 points. In contrast, the 7600X scored 1,954 points and 15,000 points in the same benchmarks.

Geekbench 5 further highlighted differences in performance. The 7600X outperformed in single-core benchmarks once again, showcasing Zen 4 cores’ efficiency in AI and decoding tasks. The 13600K scored 2,006 points in single-core benchmarks and 16,989 points in multi-core benchmarks, while the 7600X scored 2,183 points and 11,120 points, respectively.

Core i5-13600k real-world performance

13600k benchmarks

We wanted to get a well-rounded set of results that meant we could determine how the 13600K performed in an average sense. that’s why we chose to test the CPU in gaming workloads too, because, well, we all like a good gaming session. We tested the 13600k in Cyberpunk 2077, Elden Ring, CS:GO, and GTA V.

Starting with Cyberpunk 2077, the 13600K clocks in at an average FPS of 179, with the 7600X trailing closely behind at 170 FPS. This showcases the single-core prowess of the 13600K.

Elden Ring follows a similar pattern, with the 13600K averaging 162 FPS and the 7600X slightly behind at 157 FPS.

In a surprising turn, CS:GO flips the script, with the 7600X outperforming the 13600K. The 13600K logs an average FPS of 353, while the 7600X takes the lead with 378 FPS.

GTA V yields no clear winner, with both CPUs delivering around 157 FPS on average. However, it’s evident that GPU limitations come into play here, especially on low settings.

Is the Core i5-13600K worth it?

Because the 13600K was released in 2022, you can now pick one up for a pretty competitive price (around $290 if you’re lucky). This holds its value well over the 14th generation, because the performance improvements are not all that great, and it costs much more. But, if you want a CPU that holds its own in gaming workloads, exists on the future-proof LGA 1700 platform that supports both DDR4 and DDR5 memory (separate motherboards needed) then look no further than the Coore i5-13600K, the little entry-level CPu that could.

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