Ideal for the retarded elitist who throws life expectancy and system longevity out the window in the vain of epeen and benchmarks.

It’s a well known phenomenon that the only sort of criteria Intel’s 13th Generation “Raptor Lake” processors are mostly competitive with AMD is with their power consumption, with the Core i9-13900K readily consuming anywhere from over 150 watts to exceeding over 300w at peak depending on the workload.

A massive increase in mean power consumption figures and most especially peak power pull compared to even a full 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X, Raptor Lake is a mighty competitive series of CPUs but this comes at a serious cost for high-end SKUs, immensely hot and hungry CPUs.

Let alone for those insane enough to actually push their factory binned X900K/S processor even further with manual overclocking, it’s becoming all the more difficult to actually reign in the temperatures on high-end Raptor Lake processors, with most outlets managing to reach TJMAX with even the most basic of 360mm AIO liquid cooling solutions, you’re basically forced to fork out a lot more cash on exotic and extravagant cooling solutions if you want to be able to run your CPU effectively.

This isn’t really anything new, Intel Core Processors have been notorious for being immensely hot and hungry for countless years already, especially after they started to stretch the ringbus on Skylake.

Though of course this is now a concern for those running Ryzen 7000 series X CPUs, despite consuming far less wattage, as those are essentially quote-on-quote “designed” to operate at 95 degrees Celsius regardless of your cooling solution, the superior the cooling you throw at the Ryzen the performance automatically climbs albeit marginally.

I’d still rather shave off core voltages for either processor though.

The laws of thermodynamics are perfectly clear, running silicon at over 100 degrees is almost certainly bound to decrease the lifespan and longevity of your component.

However if you simply don’t give a fuck about the lifespan of your CPU, probably because you’re a brand elitist who upgrades their system each and every year, perhaps Intel’s upcoming Raptor Lake Refresh might just be the CPU for you.


MSI are incorporating a new “feature” that simply lets your system burn, literally. With MSI’s Z790 motherboards users now have the option of increasing the maximum TJMAX for their unlocked 14th Gen Core CPUs to a peak of 115 degrees Celsius.

Considering the sheer demand for wattage Intel processors have in this day and age, after tacking on a bunch of “efficient” Atom cores, 100C is no longer a concern in the eyes of your average consumer or even tech journalists, especially considering how MSI’s “over-temperature” default means that your processor doesn’t actually begin to throttle down in frequency until it reaches a staggering and life threatening 107 degrees Celsius.

But soon they’ll be able to turn up their Throttle Threshold on MSI motherboards all the way up to 115C, which will only work for 14th generation processors in an unsurprising twist of fate, given how the only noteworthy changes made to the upcoming refresh are maximum frequency alone, which even on a slightly more mature 10nm processing node is bound to demand even more juice to function.

We’ve already been made aware that Intel’s 15th Generation “Arrow Lake” is targeting a 5+ percentage single core improvement and around 20% overall in terms of 8P + 16E multithreaded capabilities, which if true will more than likely give the performance crown over towards AMD with their upcoming Zen 5 processors, without even the need for them to introduce Zen 5 X3D CPUs to take the top spot.

Raptor Lake is competitive, mostly when paired with high-end DDR5 memory kits, but it’s immensely hot and hungry. The upcoming Raptor Lake Refresh simply just tacks on a couple hundred Megahertz right out of the box, with the 14900K apparently boosting to a maximum of 6GHz, which no doubt will have an effect on increased power consumption and CPU core temperatures.