Can air cooling be used with the Intel Core i9-13900K?
You should know that the high-end processor of the Raptor Lake family is very demanding, with 24 cores, including 16 so-called efficient cores clocked at a boost frequency of 5.8 GHz, a maximum turbo power that can go up to 253 watts (officially ), and a maximum temperature of 100°C at the CPU junction. This processor therefore needs the best in terms of cooling, and the most efficient method of dissipating heat is undoubtedly water cooling.
Can a cooler be used with the Intel Core i9-13900K?
If you want to use this processor, you mainly need the number of cores with a high frequency for your use.
If you prefer a cooler to an All-In-One watercooling system, you don't trust watercooling and have been shocked in the past by stories of leaks. You should know that these systems nowadays are much better designed than at the start, and are often guaranteed for several years.
The Intel Core i9-13900K with its original base frequencies and boost frequencies cannot work well with a cooler, because its temperature even in idle (i.e. at rest) will reach 70°C and when you will launch a few applications, it will very quickly reach 100°C, which is the limitation of the processor. The PC at worst will restart, at best Windows will automatically close the software used.
So what to do? You have several possibilities, you can down clock the processor, therefore reduce the processor frequencies at the level of the motherboard. You can limit the wattage of the processor to 250 watts for example. The processor going beyond 253 watts in reality in video games, in 3D renderings, greedy calculations. You will have a loss of performance, but reasonable, of the order of 10% at worst. To do this, you have to go into the bios when starting the PC. Consult your motherboard manual to find out which menu to go to to configure the frequencies or the power in watts.
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