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Pushing Boundaries: Using my Intel i9-13900KS for Gaming and Productivity

My experience with the Intel i9-13900KS in gaming and productivity tasks.
Sid Metcalfe

Cartesian Mathematics Foundation


November 13, 2023


I’ve been wanting to try out Intel’s latest powerhouse, the i9-13900KS, for a while. It’s 6GHz speed is impressive. Below is my experience with it gaming and for productivity tasks.


The Power-Hungry Behemoth: Intel i9-13900KS

A visually impactful graph displaying the i9-13900ks’s power consumption juxtaposed with its clock speed

So I recently got my hands on the Intel i9-13900KS released this year, the touted first-ever commercially available 6 GHz processor right out of the box, and, let me tell you, it’s been a heck of a ride. You’ve probably read tons about it already, and yeah, the specs are no joke. This beast comes screaming in with a price tag of $699, and I’m seriously impressed with the performance I’ve been getting.

Just a quick note - I love gaming on the side and I am a bit of an enthusiast when it comes to editing and video processing. For those interested in pushing their systems to the limit, this CPU is mouth-watering.

The i9-13900KS crams 24 cores with 8 Performance-cores and 16 Efficiency-cores into one chip, making it incredibly versatile for both heavy workloads and less demanding tasks. Running multiple VMs, compiling code, or going for a full-on 4K edit feels like a breeze now. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it churns through my usual software like butter.

Talking about gaming: it handles everything I’ve thrown at it without as much as a flinch. Intel definitely nailed it in terms of raw power and gaming performance. There’s no doubt that this CPU is a win for anyone who’s serious about their gaming setup.

There’s been a lot of chatter about the power draw and efficiency of the lineup, but let’s keep it real - performance like this is bound to need some juice, and in my case, it’s a trade-off I’m willing to make. But hey, the silver lining is that we’re talking about advancements here that trickle down to more power-efficient products for the rest of us in the long run.

If you dabble in the world of overclocking, the i9-13900KS is like a playground. I’ve been fiddling with the settings myself, and although that’s covered more in a different section of the article, let’s just say enthusiasts will have a field day finding the sweet spot between the thermals and performance.

Now, does everyone need this much power? Probably not. But for those who dream of unmatched speed and performance, who enjoy pushing their system to the edge, the i9-13900KS is a siren call that’s hard to ignore. I’ve been using it, loving it, and honestly, while it’s not going to be the heart of every machine out there, it’s an exhilarating piece of tech for those who crave that cutting-edge.

I admit, I geek out a bit about these things, and while I know this CPU isn’t going to be everyone’s pick - it’s specialized, and maybe a bit over the top - it’s given me a taste of what’s on the horizon for computing power, and I’m here for it. This is Intel showing off what they can do, and I’m all for a little showmanship in the tech world.

Efficiency Versus Performance: Analyzing CPU Power Dynamics

An infographic showcasing the performance per watt over several cpu generations including the i9-13900ks

I’m the kind of person who likes to eke out every last drop of performance from my setup; squeezing those extra frames in games and shaving seconds off rendering times is my bread and butter. But holy smokes, the power consumption on this thing had me second-guessing! We’re talking about a CPU that can shoot up to a mind-boggling 6 GHz—yes, with an ‘S’ for ‘shoot for the stars’ or whatever Intel was thinking. It made me wonder, “Am I going mad with power?

But hold on, before you jump down my throat about being a wasteful energy hog, hear me out. There’s some method to this madness because what we’re seeing here isn’t just a brute force approach; it’s the pinnacle of performance engineering. It’s the kind of tech that, while packing a punch in the power department, also drives the market forward. Need proof? Look at how the energy efficiency of CPUs has evolved over the years. Take any benchmark list, and you’ll see we’ve made massive leaps forward.

My philosophy is this: We need these halo products, these showpieces, to push boundaries and set new standards. Every new height reached trickles down benefits to the mainstream market. This 6 GHz monster from Intel might be a power guzzling beast on paper, but I bet my bottom dollar the next generation of chips will leverage these developments for more energy-efficient designs. It’s all about the long game.

In using the i9-13900KS, I’ve noticed how it prioritizes its powerful Performance cores for the heavy lifting, while the Efficiency cores take the backend, less intense work. It’s a system that ideally focuses on… well, efficiency. But to be fair, it could be smarter. Right out of the box, it’s not quite there yet with managing power versus performance, and you might need to dive into overclocking and undervolting to get it just right. Still, when I do have it dialed in? It’s a beast, but a well-behaved one at that.

And yeah, the efficiency isn’t always about the lowest number on your power meter. It’s about the capability of the unit—the gains in productivity, the saved hours, and those oh-so-sweet incremental victories in performance that make your rig feel like it’s from the future.

So yes, I view these high-wattage CPUs as pioneers of progress. They might not be the daily drivers for everyone, but they chart the course for tomorrow’s efficient, high-performance computing. OutlineInputBorder And talking about wasted watts, let’s be real: most rigs aren’t running at full tilt 24/7. There’s a balance most users maintain where efficiency remains optimal.

In my journey, the i9-13900KS has proven that pushing boundaries is essential, and it’s a ride that’s as exhilarating as it is enlightening. Sure, there’s always room for improvement, but I’m all for these leaps in tech that make you sit up and pay attention—even if it means occasionally seeing your electricity meter spin a bit faster.

Real-World Applications: How The i9-13900KS Fairs in Gaming and Editing

A scene of a large city within cities skylines on a high-resolution monitor showing cpu usage statistics in an overlay

Running the latest AAA titles like Cyberpunk 2077 or Microsoft Flight Simulator, which used to test my old rig’s mettle, now feel like a walk in the park. We’re talking stable, high FPS at 4K with ray tracing cranked up. Thanks to the 5.8GHz boost on the P-cores, the i9-13900KS just chews through intense single-threaded workloads. It’s a game-changer, especially for CPU-bound titles. And with the 13900KS, I can seamlessly stream my gameplay without any hiccups—it’s a multitasking beast.

Then there’s video editing. My passions sometimes drive me to whip up high-res content, and that often involves hours of grueling render times. But ever since I got this CPU, the difference is night and day. Adobe Premiere Pro feels snappier, and even better, DaVinci Resolve has never been this responsive. I’ve sliced, diced, colored, and exported 4K videos that could easily make my older processors weep. The efficiency cores add that extra oomph in multi-threaded applications, ensuring the heavy workloads never bog me down.

The thermal velocity boost is a neat touch, pushing those clock speeds where it matters. Sure, it’s a hungry chip power-wise, but the sheer performance it brings to the table is enough to silence anyone questioning its raison d’être—at least in the corners I frequent.

Now, I know somewhere on the net someone is calculating performance per watt and figuring out the value proposition. But let me tell you, when you’re in the thick of it, crafting content or gunning for the top score, those extra frames, those reduced render times, they just make sense.

Some might say, “But does anyone really need all that power?” Well, sitting here with my smooth gameplay and fast editing workflow, I’m thinking “Yes, please!” It’s all about that extra headroom—whether to future-proof your rig or just enjoy the lack of stutter and lag in whatever digital adventure you’re embarking on.

I will admit, I’ve read numerous papers on processor design during my college days (like those found on IEEE Xplore) and always marveled at the advances in CPU technology. Seeing those concepts materialize into something as impressive as the i9-13900KS is like watching sci-fi become non-fiction.

In keeping with my curiosity, I’ve kept an eye on the Intel Ark to compare specs and ensure I’m squeezing every bit of juice from this silicon marvel—legit recommended reading for fellow tech enthusiasts. Plus, keeping up with forums and Reddit threads keeps me tuned in to the latest tweaks and optimizations people are trying.

So to sum it up, for hardcore gamers and video editors like myself, the i9-13900KS isn’t just a piece of hardware; it’s an enabler. It’s the silent force that powers marathon editing sessions and keeps me immersed in hyper-realistic game worlds without breaking a sweat. And I’m all here for it.

Cooling Solutions and Overclocking: Navigating the Thermal Challenges

A dynamic image of a high-end pc rig with a custom water-cooling setup highlighting the i9-13900ks at its heart

I dove headfirst into uncharted thermal waters with this chip. Packing a whopping 24 cores and boosting up to 6 GHz, the 13900KS was begging for a cooling solution that meant business. My first instinct was to think big – I’m talking 360mm AIO liquid coolers, the kind that tell your CPU temps to sit down and chill. While liquid cooling is the go-to for many overclockers, I found that the practicality and ease of air coolers are incredibly underrated, especially for less extreme overclocking scenarios.

Enter the behemoths in the room - the Noctua NH-D15 or Dark Rock Pro 4. Sure, they’re not going to let you push your CPU to the outer limits like liquid coolers might, but for folks who’re after a consistent overclock without turning their rig into a spaceship, air cooling is the low-maintenance sweetheart. And guess what? They managed to keep my 13900KS surprisingly cool under most loads - I’m talking no thermal throttling and whisper-quiet fans. It’s like hiring a zen master to keep your CPU chill.

But it’s not just about throwing the beefiest cooler at the problem. There’s a science to this, folks. I had to tinker with the undervolting settings – a stroke here, a nudge there – ensuring my voltages were just enough to maintain stability without making my CPU sweat like it’s running a marathon in the Sahara. It’s a fine line between peak performance and cooking an egg on your processor, but when you get it right, it’s music to the ears and most importantly, longevity for your CPU.

Plus, you can’t talk overclocking without talking about PCB and VRM quality. Those premium boards with their beefy power phases and top-tier capacitors aren’t just for bragging rights - they actually help sustain those ramped-up clock speeds without breaking a sweat. I never skip checking out the overclocking forums and subreddits to see which motherboards are the real MVPs when it comes to overclocking the newest CPUs.

And here’s a word for my fellow tech aficionados who love to go all out – delidding your CPU and replacing the thermal paste with liquid metal can push the thermal envelope even further! It’s not for the faint-hearted, but hey, the gains on the temperature charts can sometimes be jaw-dropping.

There’s something tantalizingly refined about the precision it takes to balance power and thermals. With the right combination of cooling, tweaking, and quality components, I found that the i9-13900KS does indeed sit at the top of the performance throne, without turning my room into a sauna. We’re in an era where we’re watching CPUs push limits we once thought a dream, and I’m all for exploring these frontiers with a toolbox full of cooling tactics and a resolve of steel. Keep pushing the boundaries, but never forget – it’s cool to stay cool!

Tailoring Your Rig: Is the i9-13900KS Overkill for Average Users

A casual desktop setup with a small form-factor pc to evoke the contrast between enthusiast and average user needs

For someone like me, who spends more time in game lobbies than rendering 4K videos, the thought of having $699 worth of high-octane performance under the hood is tantalizing. Yet, in the grand scheme of things, I have to ask myself, “Is this overkill for the average user?”

Okay, it’s no secret that the CPU market is a battlefield, and Intel’s new chip is like a tank in a paintball game. We’re talking about a CPU that has a 300w PL1/PL2 limits—a beefy step up from the 13900k. But, where it really shines for me is the straightforward oomph it promises for the future-proofing of my rig.

Sure, not every day do I fire up software that’ll make those twenty-four threads sweat, but when I do—like that rare but invigorating 4K drone footage edit or the weekend-long gaming marathon—every single Hz matters. I’ve had sessions where my current rig felt like it was huffing and puffing to keep up, and the thought of that silky smoothness from the i9-13900KS has me all jittery with excitement.

To me, it’s not just about what I do with my PC today, but also about what I could do tomorrow—or a year from now. Who knows if I’ll take up 3D rendering or get invested in some serious VR gaming? With the kind of performance per watt improvements we’re seeing generation after generation, investing in something like the 13900KS doesn’t sound so unreasonable.

Now, I know that some might point out that in terms of sheer efficiency, the i9 is playing a different ballgame. Let’s be real here, the 13900KS’s smaller sibling without the “S” could be the more sensible option for an average Joe—and the wallet concurs! But come on, there’s something inherently awesome about owning a piece of tech that pushes the envelope, even if it’s just to claim those fleeting moments of bragging rights.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in for an efficient, lean-running machine that gets me through the day. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and as much as I might not need those extra GHz and watts, the thrill of having them is too strong a call to ignore.

Clearly, for someone like me, the i9-13900KS is a bit like buying a sports car in a city rife with traffic jams—you might not always get to unleash its full potential, but knowing you could… well, that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? As long as you can handle the thermal circus and have the cooling solutions to match (but hey, that’s a story for another day).

In conclusion, while I continue to daydream of my perfect, overpowered rig, the i9-13900KS stands as a monument to what’s possible. It’s a testament to human ingenuity—a jolt of excitement for tech enthusiasts and a snapshot of the future that rests tantalizingly within our grasp. Overkill for the average user? Maybe. But since when has that stopped any of us from dreaming big?