Intel’s 13th generation processors have been available in desktop computers for several months, but they have finally made the leap to laptops at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.
Intel will be producing 32 different processors for a variety of machines, ranging from lightweight laptops to gaming computers, in various product lines with different power consumption levels. One standout model is the Core i9-13980HX, which is the first laptop processor with 24 computing cores.
The most powerful cores can reach a frequency of 5.6 GHz, making it the fastest mobile processor in the world. In terms of multitasking performance, this processor is 49% faster than Intel’s best offering to date.
The new generation of Intel processors, including the HX family, are designed for gaming laptops and portable workstations. These computers require a significant amount of computing power and, although technically laptops, tend to be much heavier and bulkier than the average. While Intel processors can provide some graphics capability, these devices often also have additional GPUs for improved performance.
In addition to the HX family, Intel will also be releasing the H, P, and U processor families, with varying power consumption levels (which generally indicate the power of the processor). The H processors are still focused on high-performance equipment, but with less power (average power consumption of 45W instead of 55W, fewer cores, and less cache memory).
The P and U processors, which will be released to market in the coming months, are designed for ultra-light and long battery life laptops with consumption of 28W and 15W respectively and up to 14 or 10 cores of power respectively.
All of the new processors feature support for DDR5 and DDR4 memory, Wi-Fi 6E, and Thunderbolt 4 ports. Some designs will also include the Intel Movidius vision processing unit, developed in partnership with Microsoft to perform specific calculations in more complex artificial intelligence tasks, freeing the CPU and GPU from the load.
The company expects over 300 models of laptops from companies such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Razer, Republic of Gamers, and Samsung to use these processors throughout 2023.