CES: Intel Rolls Out 13th-Generation Lineup of Laptop CPUs

Intel announced its 13th-gen family of laptop CPUs, including new entry-level chips and its flagship Core i9-13980HX, the high-end of its mobile processor collection (based on Raptor Lake architecture), featuring 24 cores and an impressive boost speed of 5.6GHz. The HX-series includes similar features to Intel’s 12th-gen lineup, such as 32 EUs of onboard graphics capability and support for DDR5 and DDR4, but promises significantly faster speeds to multithreaded performance. When compared to the earlier Core i9-12900HK, Intel claims game performance increases of up to 12 percent and a massive 74–79 performance jump when rendering a scene in Blender.

“The company claims the new Core i9 CPU is 11 percent faster than last year’s top-end 12900HK when it comes to single-threaded tasks, and it’s 49 percent faster for multithreaded work (intensive tasks like encoding video and 3D rendering),” Engadget reports.

“This Core i9 is basically ripped right out of a Raptor Lake desktop processor,” notes PC Gamer. “It’s been resocketed with the laptop-friendly BGA socket (and a bloody massive footprint versus the slimmer U-series), yet otherwise the specs scream desktop-grade processor.” The 24 cores consist of “eight Performance-cores (P-cores) and 16 Efficient-cores (E-cores).”

The new “HX lineup scales all the way down to the Core i5-13450HX, which offers 10 cores (6P, 4E) and up to 4.5Ghz boost speeds,” according to Engadget. “The P series chips, which are meant for performance ultraportables, will reach up to 14 cores, while the low-power U-series CPUs top out at 10 cores (2P, 8E).”

Intel announced 32 new mobile processors in Las Vegas this week, with the promise of driving “unrivaled performance and superior experiences for over 300 laptop designs.” The company claims the new “HX processors deliver the world’s best mobile gaming platform,” resulting from “support for both DDR4 and DDR5 memory, best-in-class connectivity and PCIe Gen 5,” in addition to the following:

  • Up to 5.6GHz turbo frequency – the highest clock speed available for the laptop market – delivering up to 11 percent faster single-thread performance and 49 percent faster multitask performance over the previous generation.
  • Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) for up to 6x faster Internet speeds with no legacy Wi-Fi channel interference.
  • The latest in Bluetooth connectivity with Intel Bluetooth LE Audio and Bluetooth 5.2 supporting up to 2x faster speeds and multiple device connections with lower power consumption.
  • Thunderbolt 4 support, delivering transfer speeds up to 40Gbps and PC connectivity to multiple 4K monitors and accessories.

Check out the release for details on all the company’s new mobile processors. Full specs for the flagship Core i9-13980HX processor are available on the Intel site.

Cheaper, Power-Savvy Versions of Intel’s Excellent Raptor Lake CPUs Are Here, PC Gamer, 1/3/23
Intel Debuts ‘World’s Fastest Mobile Processor’ at CES 2023, Yahoo Finance, 1/3/23
Intel’s 13th-Gen Announcements Give Us 5 Clues About Future Laptops, CNET, 1/4/23

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