Intel adds sixteen new 13th Gen Core locked desktop processors starting at $109
Apart from new mobile processors, Intel has also launched a plethora of new desktop processor models as part of its 13th generation lineup. Joining the six existing unlocked K-Series models are sixteen new locked models, six of which are low-power OEM variants.
Starting with the ten standard variants, we have the Core i9-13900 at the top, which maintains the 13900K’s core and thread count but drops clocks across the board, with clocks boosted up to 200 MHz. Base clocks are also lower, resulting in a lower base power of 65W, although boost power is only reduced from 34W to 219W, so you’ll still need a beefy cooler if you plan to run at maximum turbo speeds.
Next is the Core i7-12700, which makes similar concessions to clock speeds compared to the 12700K and hits the same 65W base power and 219W boost power limits as the 12900.
With the i5 and i3 models, things get a bit different. Even though these are 13th Gen parts, they are basically rebranded 12th Gen Alder Lake models. That means there’s a lot of difference between the i5 and i3 models beyond clock speeds.
The Core i5-13600, for example, has the same 14 cores, 20 threads as the 13600K, but they’re not the same cores, so even though clock speeds only drop by around 100-200 MHz during the turbo, the differences in actual performance would be much more. The L2 cache has also been lowered from 20MB to 11.5MB. The memory controller is also different, which means reduced bandwidth and a drop in 12th Gen DDR5 JEDEC timing from 5600MHz to 4800MHz. On the upside, power dropped to 65W base and 154W during turbo.
The differences between the i5-13500 and 13400 are greater than they were between the 12500 and 12400. While the difference between the 12th gen models was only clock speed, the 13500 is configured differently and has 6 P and 8-E cores. cores, unlike the 13400, which has 6 P cores but only 4 E cores. There is also a boost clock difference of around 200 MHz and higher L2 and L3 cache on the 13500. However, both consume same 154W under turbo load.
Finally, there’s the i3-13100, which is really just the 12100 but with an overclock. The new model has 200 MHz higher clocks but is otherwise identical.
Apart from the 13600 and 13500, all other models also have an F variant, which does not have an integrated GPU.
Then there are the T models, which are heavily clocked variants designed to target lower power consumption, 35W at idle and only up to 106W for the high-end 13900T under turbo. These parts are only for OEMs manufacturing pre-built systems and are not for sale to regular customers.
For pricing, we only have Intel’s RCP amount, which is the unit cost per 1,000 units purchased by the retailer. The actual cost is a little higher but usually not much. All in all, there are some interesting numbers in there, especially the relatively small price gap between the 13500 and the 13400 despite the significant spec difference between the two. The 13100F’s starting price is still excellent despite the relative lack of improvements over its predecessor, and the 13700F can still be a great all-around processor for the price.
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