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8.2 GHz: the crazy overclocking of a Core i9-13900K presented by Intel

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Written by Guillaume
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However, this is not enough to ensure the record in this area ..

In a few days, Intel will release the 13th generation of its processors, the Raptor Lake. A launch that will start as always with the most powerful models, the most elitist. Then, probably at the beginning of next year, Intel will extend the Raptor Lake architecture to its entire catalog, focusing first on so-called "desktop" computers and laptops with different variants that consume more or less energy.

The Core i9-13900K should be the best on Raptor Lake. It is a processor with impressive characteristics, including 24 cores combining 8 efficient cores(Raptor Cove) and 16 efficient cores(Gracemont) and 32 threads. Intel has increased the cache memory associated with the processor to a total of 68 MB divided into 32 MB of L2 cache and 36 MB of L3 cache. The integrated graphics solution has been upgraded to Inte UHD Graphics 770 and the base frequencies of 2.2 / 3 GHz on the efficient / high-performance cores are used. However, the latter can go much higher and Intel mentions a boost frequency of 5.8 GHz.

This is a very high value and brings us much closer to the 6 GHz threshold. In order to show that its processors have some reserve, Intel had fun launching a small overclocking contest with Allen 'Splave' Golibersuch - a specialist of the genre - at the helm. The Core i9-13900K was thus able to go up to 8.2 GHz, but Intel specifies that this frequency was reached only on one powerful core, the others being satisfied with 5.7 to 6.3 GHz.

Of course, to reach such a frequency, you need a "cooperative" processor and a particularly muscular cooling system, based on liquid nitrogen. Intel is obviously proud of the result, which allows it to shatter the record set by the Core i9-12900K, which could not exceed 7.6 GHz. However, it should be noted that these 8.2 GHz are not a "global" record. In 2014, some smart guys had actually managed to push an AMD FX8370 to 8.7 GHz!