Earlier at the start of the week, we wrote about how an alleged 13th generation Intel Core i9-13900 sample’s benchmarks had popped up online. Now it seems that the top-of-the-line SKU of Raptor Lake, the 13900K, has allegedly gone on sale on the black market.
The allegedly 13900K CPU is quite likely an engineering sample that was given out by Intel to some testers. In practice, these so-called samples should technically be returned to Intel, but because the chipmaker rarely or actively makes an effort to collect back some of these samples, those in possession of the components tend to take advantage of Intel’s careless attitude. And proceed to auction them off, in hopes of earning a little bit of money. It also doesn’t help that Intel always releases several iterations of its processors, and that actually makes whichever sample that was doled out obsolete and outdated.
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Getting back on point, the 13900K was found being advertised on a China-based site and appcalled GooFish, which we can only assume is an auction site. According to the text, the CPU was confirmed to be working on an ASUS Z690 ROG APEX motherboard. As for the CPU itself, the translated text and a partial screenshot from CPU-Z indicates that it also has eight P-Cores, 16 E-Cores, which brings the total number of thread to 32. Additionally, the CPU can also be overclocked, but the individual auctioning off the component didn’t specify the CPU’s base, boost, or achieved clockspeeds.
As far as the rumours go, Intel isn’t expected to officially talk about its 13th generation CPUs until later this year, either in September or October. Unfortunately, there’s still not a whole lot of information on the CPU, but as the rumour mill is still churning and where the 13900K ended up, we could expect some performance metrics to appear soon.
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