Intel has revealed that an as-yet-unknown 13th-generation processor will likely be the one to break the 6GHz barrier. In other words, there’s probably a Core i9-13900KS waiting in the wings that hasn’t appeared on leaked charts yet.
I spoke to Intel’s Mandy Mock — vice president and GM of desktop and workstation at the company for a separate soon-to-be published article discussing the company’s 13th-generation CPUs and expansion plans — who mentioned the 6GHz figure that was announced. announced in official slides at the company’s Tech Tour event in Israel this week knocked.
However, since none of the CPUs we’ve seen in leaked slides hit 6GHz so far, that suggests an incredible number comes from an as-yet-unknown CPU that’s above the likely Core i5-13600K, 13700K, and 13900K, which are all except confirmed so far. When asked about this, but without referring to specific models, Mandy said “something might follow” on the expected announcement of these CPUs later this month.
The Core i9-13900K is said to have a peak boost frequency of 5.8GHz according to the slide below, which was published by IgorsLAB this week. That’s 200MHz less than the 6GHz figure quoted in this week’s presentation from Corporate Vice President, Isic Silas.
A ‘KS’ model would also make sense, as Intel already did the same with the Core i9-12900KS, which offered a peak boost frequency of 5.5GHz, 300MHZ over that of the Core i9-12900K. A Core i9-13900KS sitting 200MHz above the Core i9-13900K’s peak boost frequency would make sense and ‘KS’ models have often aimed for nice round numbers like all-core boosts of 5GHz on the Corei9-9900KS or sitting in the middle at 5.5GHz with the Core i9-12900KS.
Anyway, given how impressive Intel’s 12th Gen CPUs are, it’s exciting that Intel has found noticeably more frequency with its 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs. I’ll be covering the new launches from AMD and Intel, so subscribe to TBEN here using the blue Follow button above as I’ll cover the latest PC tech and news and review the new CPUs when they land. You can also watch me on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.