Intel has announced its 13th Generation Core mobile processors which are highlighted by the flagship i9-13980HX. Intel says it is the first 24-core laptop processor which, at 5.6GHz, is the “world’s fastest mobile processor.”
New Mobile Processors
The 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processors include 32 separate entries that Intel says provide a swathe of feature and capability options for a wide range of laptop segments. Most notable to photographers on the go is likely the 13th Gen Intel Core H-series, which Intel says delivers industry-leading performance.
Intel says that the new chip, which is the first 24-core processor designed for a laptop, combines with both DDR4 and DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 5 to produce a high-end mobile platform.
The new processor offers up to 5.6 gigahertz (GHz) turbo frequency, which Intel says is the highest clock speed available for the laptop market to deliver up to 11% faster single-thread performance and 49% faster multitasking performance over the previous generation.
As mentioned, Intel’s 13th Gen Core mobile processors have up to 24 cores (eight performance-cores, 16 efficient-cores), 32 threads and an enhanced Intel Thread Director. They also have full memory support of up to 128GB for DDR5 and DDR4. The chips also support WiFi 6E with no legacy WiFi channel interference, the latest in Bluetooth connectivity (Bluetooth 5.2), and Thunderbolt 4 that delivers transfer speeds of up to 40 gigabits per second and PC connectivity to “multiple” 4K monitors and accessories.
Intel also says that the chips have improved integrated graphics based on a better driver stack, and all the HX and HK chip SKUs can be overclocked.
In addition to the flagship-level 24-core i9-13980HX, Intel has also announced a new set of P-Series and U-Series processors designed for the “thin and light” class of laptops. These offer up to 14 cores (six Performance-cores, eight efficient-cores) and the same enhanced Intel Thread Director as the HX and HK series. They also feature a Intel’s new Irix Xe graphics, broad memory support for DDR5 and DDR4 and LP variants, WiFi 6E support, and up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports.
New Additions to the Desktop Lineup
Intel has also added to its 13th Gen desktop processor line with new 35-watt and 65-watt chips that it says provides mainstream PC users even more choice for power efficiency while still delivering incredible performance. They feature up to 5.6 GHz, 24 cores and 32 threads — with the introduction of Efficient-cores to Intel Core i5 mainstream processors — and larger L2 cache combining to deliver up to 11% single-threaded and 34% multithreaded performance over 12th Gen Intel Core non-K processors.
They have full forward and backward compatibility with 600- and 700-series motherboards, as well as support for both DDR5 and DDR4 memory. Intel promises they have improve energy efficiency with Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology and better power scaling, which delivers greater performance per watt (PPW) than before.
Pricing and Availability
Intel did not provide pricing and availability for these new chips, but presumably, manufacturing partners will bring new computers to market featuring them — especially in the case of the laptop chips — in the near future.
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