Intel Breaks 8 GHz Frequency After More Than A Decade With LN2 Overclocked Raptor Lake Core i9-13900K CPU

Intel Breaks 8 GHz Frequency After More Than A Decade With LN2 Overclocked Raptor Lake Core i9-13900K CPU
A delidded Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU smiles for the camera. (Image Credits: Expreview)

Intel's 13th Gen Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake flagship is going to bring the blue team back into the 8 GHz frequency league after more than a decade.

Intel Achieves 8 GHz Frequency Record With Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU After More Than A Decade

It's been more than a decade since Intel achieved an overclocked frequency record beyond 8 GHz. The only Intel chips that show up in the 8 GHz+ lists at HWBOT are the old Celeron and Pentium 4 parts dating back to the early 2000s. However, Intel is going to change this next month with its 13th Generation Raptor Lake CPUs.

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Currently, the highest frequency record still belongs to AMD's FX-8370 which sits at an insane 8.72 GHz. Intel's Celeron D352 takes up the fifth spot with an overclocked frequency of 8.61 GHz. So far, there have been no modern Core or Ryzen CPUs that have managed to break past the 8 GHz clock barrier. The Intel Core i9-10900K was the last modern chip to achieve a high clock rating of 7.7 GHz a few years back. Overclockers are now gearing up to once again achieve overclocks beyond 8 GHz with the Raptor Lake chips such as the Core i9-13900K.

The Intel Core i9-13900K is the flagship Raptor Lake CPU, featuring 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 features 68 MB of combined cache and a 125W PL1 rating that goes up to 253W. The CPU can also consume up to 350W of power when using the "Extreme Performance Mode" which we detailed here.

We managed to secure an overclocked result of the Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake CPU from an overclocker whose currently testing the chip on an unreleased Z790 motherboard. We can't say the name or model of the manufacturer or brand that the board is from but it is going to be a real high end variant. The overclocker stated that he was easily able to push the 13900K Raptor Lake up to 8 GHz using LN2 cooling and with a voltage of 1.792V.

The overclocker also mentioned that 8 GHz is a baseline for 13900K overclocks and that we will see much higher clock speeds once the lineup goes official. The overclock was applied across 8 P-Cores with SMT disabled so 1-core results could end up even higher. Overall, it looks like the Raptor Lake CPU platform will be a huge deal for overclockers & enthusiasts and we can't wait to see even more extreme results in the coming months.

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