Fierce competition in the desktop CPU market is keeping us all on the edge of our seats. AMD laid down a solid marker with Ryzen 7000 Series, only for Intel to come along and play the role of major disruptor. Top-end Core i9-13900K goes toe-to-toe with the best that AMD has to offer, but it is further down the stack that Intel really stands apart.
Core i5-13600K, at under £400, delivers a true wallop and leaves a graveyard of mid-range chips trailing in its wake. Equivalent Ryzens struggle to compete on either price or performance, and even Intel’s own last-gen Alder Lake stack is left looking timid by comparison. Spare a thought for anyone who splashed the cash on a limited edition 12900KS.
A cat among the pigeons will naturally force a rethink. Rumours of a 10-core Ryzen 7 7800X are abound, and in the interim, the cost of AMD’s groundbreaking Ryzen 7 5800X3D has also been slashed dramatically.
Launched just six months ago with 3D V-Cache technology, the 5800X3D’s 100MB (4MB L2, 96MB L3) of onboard cache proved beneficial in gaming workloads, and despite the introduction of next-gen parts, it remains a stellar choice for enthusiasts. A price cut always helps add to the attraction, and having arrived with a $449 MSRP, the cache-laden chip is now selling for $349.
Is it enough to stave off the threat of Raptor Lake? Probably not, but one thing’s for certain, competition in the space will result in some eye-catching deals. Bring on Black Friday.