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Intel Starts 13th Gen Core CPUs With Upto 24 Cores

Intel today gave the go-ahead for the introduction of the 13th generation of its core CPUs for both notebooks and mini-PCs, with the product range being extremely wide and including chips with up to 24 cores.

Starting today, Intel is flooding the PC market with an almost unmanageable number of new processors from the “Raptor Lake” series, i.e. the 13th Gen Intel Core chips. The focus of today’s announcement, which was made at the CES 2023 electronics trade fair in Las Vegas, is primarily on processors for notebooks.

Intel Core i9-13980HX with 24 CPU cores

As usual, they are available in three categories, namely as “Raptor Lake”-U, -H, and -P, whereby the difference in each case is the power loss and other features after all the chips are supposed to be installed in different types of notebooks. The absolute top model is the Intel Core i9-13980HX, which according to Intel is the “world’s fastest mobile processor”.

The chip offers a total of 24 cores, which, however, are used in a big.LITTLE configuration, as is now common with Intel. The flagship SoC therefore only has eight high-performance cores, while an additional 16 efficiency cores are integrated. Intel specifies the maximum turbo clock rate for the “P” cores at an impressive 5.6 gigahertz. In extreme cases, however, the chip also requires up to 157 watts to call up the maximum performance.

Raptor Lake-HX brings desktop dies to notebooks

Otherwise, the “HX” chips for notebooks are by no means particularly economical. There’s a reason for this: Intel is basically repackaging the same dies that are used in the desktop CPUs of the “Raptor Lake” series. Ultimately, you want to achieve up to 11 percent more single-thread performance and up to 49 percent more multitasking performance with the top model. The gaming performance should increase by up to 12 percent.

Overall, Intel wants to launch 11 different Core i5, i7, and i9 variants of the HX series, with three of them, aimed at enterprise customers, i.e. to be installed in workstations. Also new are the more economical “Raptor Lake” H processors, which are in the 45-watt range. They offer up to 14 cores, with a maximum of six performance and up to eight efficiency cores being integrated. The turbo clock reaches a maximum of 5.4 gigahertz.

Raptor Lake-P for performance notebooks and Surface Laptop

There are also chips for thin-and-light laptops from the “Raptor Lake” U and P series. The “P” stands for performance, so these are chips with a power loss of 28 watts, while the U variants are specified with a “base power” of 15 watts. The range in these two groups is initially very small because there are only two Core i5 and i7 versions for enterprise and private customers.

In the enterprise market, the Intel Core i7-1370P with six performance cores and a maximum of 3.9 gigahertz turbo clock provides plenty of propulsion in thin and light notebooks. “Normal” customers have to make do with the Intel Core i7-1360P, which, like all other chips in the new product range, only has four performance and eight efficiency cores. The i5 models also have slightly fewer graphics performance, although the staggering is almost exclusively based on the number of GPU processing units and the different clock speeds.

Raptor Lake-U for economical but powerful Ultrabooks

The chips from the “Raptor Lake” U series, which work with 15 watts and are to be installed in ultrabooks and other small but powerful notebooks and 2-in-1s, form the basis in terms of power consumption. The upper end of the flagpole is the Intel Core i7-1365U, which, like all other i5 and i7 variants of the new product range, comes with two performance and eight efficiency cores. The maximum clock rate is 5.2 gigahertz.

The product range is also staggered in further variants down to chips such as the Intel Core i3-1305U and the “Intel Processor U300”, which the manufacturer no longer even has in its “Core” family, but still with ” Raptor Lake” genes. These basic variants then only have one performance core and four efficiency cores, but still, achieve turbo clock rates of up to 4.5 gigahertz.

Over the course of the year, Intel’s broad range of new mobile processors is likely to end up in a multitude of new notebooks across the board. In view of the sharp drop in demand in the PC market, it remains to be seen how often and how soon we will actually encounter the new chips in finished devices.

Ron Harold

It has been a long time since I joined Research Snipers. Though I have been working as a part-time tech-news writer, it feels good to be part of the team. Besides that, I am building a finance-based blog, working as a freelance content writer/blogger, and a video editor.

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