Intel Announces 24C/32T Core i9-13980HX (“World’s Fastest Mobile CPU”) and 65/35-Watt 13th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors

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Intel expanded its portfolio of consumer CPUs today with the announcement of the 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processor family, a new lineup of CPUs for laptops led by the flagship Intel Core i9-13980HX—the first 24-core processor for a laptop and world’s fastest mobile processor, according to Intel—as well as the complete lineup of 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, which now includes 65-watt and 35-watt models.

13th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors feature:

  • Up to 5.6 gigahertz (GHz) turbo frequency – the highest clock speed available for the laptop market – delivering up to 11% faster single-thread performance and 49% faster multitask performance over the previous generation.
  • Up to 24 cores (8 Performance-cores, 16 Efficient-cores), 32 threads and enhanced Intel Thread Director.
  • Full memory support of up to 128 gigabyte (GB) total for DDR5 (up to 5,600 megahertz) and DDR4 (up to 3,200 MHz).
  • 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 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) and PC connectivity to multiple 4K monitors and accessories.
  • Improved integrated graphics experience based on improved driver stack and key learnings from Intel’s work with discrete graphics.
  • Overclocking capabilities on all HX and HK SKUs.

13th Gen Intel Core P-series and U-series mobile processors feature:

  • Up to 14 cores (6 Performance-cores, 8 Efficient-cores) and enhanced Intel Thread Director.
  • New Intel Iris Xe Graphics features including endurance gaming, XeSS Super Sampling and Intel Arc Control.
  • Broad memory support for DDR5 and DDR4 and LP variants.
  • Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) and new wireless features like Intel Connectivity Performance Suite, Intel Wi-Fi Proximity Sensing and Intel Bluetooth LE Audio.6
  • Up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports for the fastest, simplest and most reliable cable solution to any dock, display or accessory.

New 13th Gen Intel Core desktop CPUs feature:

  • Up to 5.6 GHz, 24 cores/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. These gen-over-gen performance gains ensure that the new 35-watt and 65-watt 13th Gen Intel Core non-K processors are delivering next-level performance in both gaming and content creation for mainstream PC users.
  • Full forward and backward compatibility with 600-series and 700-series motherboards, as well as support for both DDR5 and DDR4 memory.
  • Improved energy efficiency with Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology and better power scaling, delivering greater performance per watt (PPW) than ever before.

Intel also announced the Intel Processor and Intel Core i3 in the N-series family of products today, new entry-level, value-oriented processors designed for the education and consumer segments.

  • New Efficient-cores (microarchitecture code-named Gracemont) built on the Intel 7 process technology.
  • Up to 28% better application performance and 64% better graphics performance on the Intel Processor over the previous generation.
  • For the first time, scale up to the new Intel Core i3 N-series for up to an additional 42% application performance and 56% graphics performance over the Intel Processor.
  • Up to 10-hour HD video playback without recharging.
  • New AV1 decode, high-resolution display engine and improved IPU and MIPI camera support.
  • Extended connectivity with ultra-fast Intel Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) and Bluetooth 5.2.
  • Flexible memory (LPDDR5, DDR5/DDR4) and storage (UFS/SSD/eMMC) options.

Intel has confirmed that there will be 60 HX laptop designs powered by 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, while more than 300 unique H-, P- and U-Series options are expected this year from companies that include Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Razer, Republic of Gamers, and Samsung.

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Tsing Mui
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