Intel brings the power of 13th generation desktop CPUs to laptops. This corresponds to all 24 cores. At his CES today, Intel announced the top of his mobile lineup, the Core i9-13980HX. It features 24 cores (8 performance cores combined with 16 efficient cores) and a boost speed of a whopping 5.6 GHz. This is the continuation of Intel’s mighty HX series, introduced last year to give more power to its more powerful laptops. According to the company, the new Core i9 CPU is 11% faster than last year’s top-of-the-line 12900HK in single-threaded tasks.
The performance boost seemed negligible for most tasks, but battery life was phenomenal. We just hope Intel has made some improvements with the new lineup. The company also claims that some 13th Gen chips will offer VPU (Vision Processing Unit) AI accelerators, which can help offload tasks like background blurring during video calls. The lack of a VPU has been a major drawback of the Intel-powered Surface Pro 9 (and the Arm model’s only major advantage), so we’re hoping to see some AI acceleration this year.
49% faster in multi-threaded tasks (intensive tasks like video encoding and 3D rendering). Intel’s 13th Gen HX lineup will be down to the Core i5-13450HX which offers 10 cores (6P, 4E) and boost speeds of up to 4.5GHz. If you crave more performance and don’t mind the impact on battery life, the HX chips should be within your budget. High-performance ultraportable P-series chips reach up to 14 cores, while low-power U-series CPUs with i7-1365U have 10 cores (2P, 8E). I was less than impressed with Intel’s previous P-series CPUs in laptops like the XPS 13 Plus.
Another pleasant surprise: New low end chip. Intel quietly ditched the Pentium and Celeron brands last year. Now we know it’s been replaced by simply an Intel processor and a new N-series chip called the Intel Core i3. These chips are primarily aimed at the education and other entry-level computing markets, so they only come with E-cores. According to Intel, its quad-core N200 chip offers 28% better application performance and 64% faster graphics than the previous generation Pentium Silver N6000. Upgrade to the 8-core i3 N-305 for 42% better application performance and 56% faster graphics.
Sure, everyone wants a 24-core laptop, but better low-end chips have the potential to help kids and others who don’t need a lot of power. Apart from laptops, Intel is also wrapping up its 13th Generation desktop CPU lineup at his CES. They still get up to 24 cores like the enthusiastic K-series chips, but they “only” reach boost speeds of up to 5.6GHz instead of 5.8GHz. The company claims 11% faster single-threaded performance and up to 34% faster multi-threaded tasks.
- Intel 13th generation laptop CPUs have up to 24 cores
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