Intel Core i5-13400 tested
According to multiple reports, Intel’s unreleased 13th Gen Core series are already being sold on Asian market for two weeks. This means that the non-K series went on sale way before official launch, now set for CES 2023 in January.
Although these CPUs are now easily available in select countries, not all board markers have released supporting BIOSes yet, especially for the 600-series. This is important because Intel has not yet released a next-gen mid-range B760 motherboard series which should be combined with those new CPUs.
Turns out JAWARA media has both the new CPU and working BIOS for their ASRock B660M PG Riptide motherboard. This board paired with DDR4-3600 memory has been used for a direct comparison between Core i5-12400 and i5-13400. Their short video was posted 8 days ago, but it is worth sharing regardless, because this is the first comparison of this type of retail processor.
As a reminder, Core i5-13400 has similar specs to its predecessor except now it features 4 extra Efficient cores. And 200 MHz higher turbo clock (4.6 GHz). This means that single-thread performance will see smaller uplift than multi-threaded and exactly this is shown in firs Cinebench R23 comparison:
Only 5% performance uplift in single threaded test and 29% in multi-threaded (just ignore the x-axis not starting from 0). Reviewer also shares some power and thermal tests. The CPU does indeed require 20W more power, but the temperature has only increased by 1°C. Both CPUs have the same base power of 65W, while their boost power should be around 117W.
As mentioned, Core i5-13400 series are now on sale in many Asian countries. Price varies and often includes an actual working motherboard. However, given that Intel is trying to heavily compete with AMD with their mid-range CPU offer, the i5-13400 should not cost more than 200 USD.