Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU comes with "Extreme Performance" mode, up to 350W power on high-end Z790 motherboards

Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU comes with “Extreme Performance” mode, up to 350W power on high-end Z790 motherboards

Intel’s flagship Raptor Lake, the Core i9-13900K, gets a new “Extreme Performance” mode on high-end Z790 motherboards. The new performance mode would essentially allow the chip to run on an unchained power setting, sipping over 300 watts of power to deliver its full potential.

Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU with “Extreme Performance” mode, an unleashed 350W power limit setting available on high-end Z790 motherboards

The Intel Core i9-13900K is the flagship Raptor Lake CPU, with 24 cores and 32 threads in an 8 P-Core and 16 E-Core configuration. The CPU is configured at a base clock of 3.0 GHz, a single-core boost clock of 5.8 GHz (1-2) cores, and an all-core boost clock of 5.5 GHz (all 8 P cores). The CPU has 68MB of combined cache and a PL1 value of 125W that goes up to 250W. However, to get the best performance, Intel comes with a new performance mode.

As ProHardver explains, the Intel Core i9-13900K CPUs or the Raptor Lake Core i9 “K” series in general get a new profile known as “Extreme Performance”. This is also known as the “Unlimited Power” setting on certain motherboards. Essentially what this profile does is unlock Raptor Lake’s power limit and run it up to 350 watts at stock loads. The higher power results in higher performance, but at the cost of the aforementioned power budget and thermals.

This “Extreme Performance” mode will be one of several overclocking and tuning options coming to the Raptor Lake “K Series” CPU lineup. One interesting thing the site states is that high-end Z790 motherboards will be required and only a certain number will be qualified to support the feature. Obviously, a 350W design requires a lot of cooling, not only for the CPU but also for the motherboard’s VRMs. Whether this feature will remain exclusive to Z790 cards or come to Z690 as well, only time will tell. The high-end Z690 cards are capable enough, so some vendors may also release the BIOS with “Extreme Performance” mode for current generation boards.

We’ve already seen overclocking over 6 GHz bringing power consumption to 350W and this profile is going to do the same. Overclockers will definitely set their boards to run in “Extreme Performance” mode for the best overclocking results, while users can stick with the default power profile and still get decent performance out of the chip. It’s mostly a matter of preference here, as 350W of power consumed on the CPU alone isn’t sustainable for the gamer’s room, given the heat this beast would produce. Even if you’re using a high-end cooling solution, don’t expect temperatures below 70-80C at full load.

The Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake desktop CPUs, including the flagship Core i9-13900K, are expected to launch in October on the Z790 platform. The CPUs will be up against AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPU lineup, which will also launch in Fall 2022.

Intel Raptor Lake vs AMD Raphael Desktop CPUs Comparison ‘Expected’

CPU family AMD Raphael (RPL-X) Intel Raptor Lake (RPL-S)
Process node TSMC 5nm Intel 7
architecture Zen 4 (Chiplet) Raptor Cove (P core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
Flagship SKU Ryzen 9 7950X Core i9-13900K
Cores / Wires Up to 16/32 Up to 24/32
Total L3 cache 64 MB (+3D V cache) 36MB
Total L2 cache 16MB 32MB
Total cache 80MB 68MB
Max bells (1T) 5.7GHz 5.8GHz
Memory support DDR5 DDR5/DDR4
Memory channels 2 channel (2DPC) 2 channel (2DPC)
Memory Speeds DDR5-5600 DDR5-5600
DDR4-3200
Platform Support 600 series (X670E/X670/B650/A620) 600 series (Z690/H670/B650/H610)
700 series (Z790/H770/B760)
PCIe Gen 5.0 Both GPU and M.2 (extreme chipsets only) Both GPU and M.2 (700 series only, but split)
Integrated graphics card AMD RDNA 2 Intel Iris Xe
Wall outlet AM5 (LGA1718) LGA 1700/1800
TDP (maximum) 170W (TDP)
230W (PPT)
125W (PL1)
240W+ (PL2)
launch Sep 2022 October 2022

News Sources: ProHardver, HardwareTimes, Videocardz


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