Intel’s 13th Gen processors arrive October 20th with $589 flagship Core i9-13900K

intel 13th gen proccessor i9
intel 13th gen proccessor i9

After weeks of teasers and leaks, Intel is finally officially launching its 13th generation processors today. Intel’s 13th generation desktop processors will start arriving on October 20, led by the flagship Core i9-13900K priced at $589. That’s the same price as Intel’s previous flagship 12900K, despite Intel’s warning of price hikes. Intel’s 13th generation announcement comes as AMD today launches its new Ryzen 7000 processors in the battle for desktop dominance.

The Intel Core i9-13900K will come with 24 cores, 32 threads and a clock speed of up to 5.8 GHz. Built on the Intel 7 process and its performance hybrid x86 architecture, the 13th generation processors include Performance cores (P-cores) and Efficient Cores (E-cores) that intelligently divide the workload using Intel Thread Director, an integrated microcontroller inside the CPU that it monitors threads and ensures they are running on the correct cores.

Intel used the same architecture for its 12th generation chips last year, and it’s a similar approach to what Apple did with its Arm-based silicon. Instead of cramming new chips full of power-hungry cores, this P-core / E-core split should be more efficient. However, these 13th gen chips now consume more power at max turbo than their Alder Lake predecessors.

The 13th generation of Intel processors will include a total of 22, headed by today’s Core “K” processors for very high-end consumer PCs. Intel promises up to 15 percent better single-threaded performance on its Core i9-13900K and up to 41 percent better multi-threaded performance.

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