Intel’s Raptor Lake processors launched and impressed in every way, with the flagship getting a glowing review from us – and now that the Core i9-13900K has claimed the world record for the fastest desktop CPU overclock ever the times.
Yes, the long-running title that AMD proudly locked away about eight years ago – with its FX 8370 processor – has fallen, with overclocking specialist Elmor managing to push the 13900K to a staggering 8812.85MHz.
Naturally, this overclock used liquid nitrogen cooling, as all record efforts do (or an equivalent exotic method of lowering the CPU temperature temporarily, to allow it to be ridiculously pressed). The 13900K was installed on an Asus ROG Z790 Apex motherboard (Shamino from Asus ROG was involved in the record setting overclock which you can watch here (opens in new tab)).
Analysis: The best is yet to come?
Well, we kind of thought this was coming, after the Core i9-13900K was doing so well on leaked pre-release overclocks (which hit the 8GHz mark and then 8.2GHz more recently). What we didn’t expect, to be fair, is that the Raptor Lake flagship would immediately put the AMD FX 8370 at the top of the fastest HWBOT rankings.
It usually takes longer to get such impressive overclocking gains, so this is a seriously revealing display of the 13900K. More to the point, inevitably over time overclockers will get more out of any processor, so we can anticipate the 13900K approaching the magic 9GHz mark.
What does this mean for the average PC user? Or, at the very least, the average PC user looking at the high-end processor market who can afford to invest in flagship silicon?
Well, obviously these folks won’t see anything like zipping at 9GHz speeds, which can only be achieved by exotic cooling. But what it does represent is an indication that the 13900K will offer good overclocking potential at all levels, and indeed the entire Raptor Lake lineup apparently will.
We’re already hearing elsewhere that there’s plenty of room for overclocking (for the average user) with the 13700K – the more affordable Raptor Lake high-end option (Core i7) – so this all bodes well for gamers or enthusiasts looking to get the most out of its 13th-gen chip, even with air cooling (and certainly a good liquid cooler).
All in all, liquid nitrogen isn’t needed to really feel the benefit of Raptor Lake’s overclocking capabilities by any means – and these are exciting times for anyone who likes to tinker with their CPU and tweak it for the best performance.