Intel’s flagship CPU, Raptor Lake, has already hit 8GHz at pre-launch overclocking, giving more weight to the notion that these 13th-gen processors will be seriously tempting for enthusiasts who like to get the most out of their silicon.
As Wccftech (opens in new tab) reports, the overclocked Core i9-13900K hit 8GHz as shown in a (slightly blurred) image, with all the usual possibilities so be careful around here as if this is genuine.
The article claims that an anonymous overclocker accomplished the feat on a Z790 motherboard, and a high-end variant, but no name or brand is mentioned, so there’s practically a veil of secrecy around this one. Supposedly, the applied voltage was 1,792V, and as you can imagine, exotic cooling was needed to reach 8GHz (liquid nitrogen). Only performance cores were running, no efficiency cores active and hyper-threading disabled.
Intel hasn’t had a CPU crossover beyond the 8GHz threshold for overclocks in a long time, as Wccftech points out – over a decade, in fact, although Comet Lake wasn’t too far away, with the flagship Core i9-10900K reaching 7.7 GHz. A powerful speed, but not too close to 8 GHz, which is where all the best overclock records of all time are (the fastest ever, going by the HWBOT ranking, being 8.72 GHz with an AMD FX -8370, an 8-core processor from 2014).
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This is particularly exciting for two reasons. First of all, it’s still too early for overclocking attempts. In fact, when a new processor is released, the initial records are always considerably surpassed a little later on.
To give you an idea of the kind of progress that can be made, consider the current-gen flagship. When the Core i9-12900K was first released, overclocker specialist Allen Golibersuch (known as ‘Splave’) pushed the CPU to 6.8 GHz, before later pushing the 12900K to 7.6 GHz.
So, as you can see, an 8GHz pre-release baseline really points to some serious overclocking issues for the Raptor Lake top. The anonymous overclocker in this case makes a firm claim that we will see A lot of clock speeds higher than 8 GHz on the line.
The second thing that is exciting is that the evidence provided by recent leaks already suggests that Raptor Lake will be suitable for overclocking. Witness the 13900K reportedly hitting 6.5GHz on a single core using liquid cooling – albeit with considerable caveats, as you might imagine – and previous rumors about Raptor Lake offering much more to overclockers than Alder Lake.
All this means that enthusiasts in particular will be very excited to see Raptor Lake hit shelves and find out if these CPUs deliver on that apparent overclocking promise.
Speculation has it that Raptor Lake will go on sale on October 20th (following an initial reveal on September 27th), with AMD apparently interfering with the latest reveal as its Ryzen 7000 chips will be available for purchase on that exact day.