CES 2023: Intel Announces 13th Gen Core CPUs for Laptops

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At CES 2023, new laptop and PC models are anticipated from manufacturers, and Intel has introduced a wide range of CPUs that will power many of them. In addition to a brand-new entry-level portfolio called the N-series and hundreds of new 13th Gen CPUs across sectors for laptops and desktops, Intel is claiming performance leadership, increased battery life, and better experiences. The newest top-of-the-line Core i9-13980HX is the first laptop CPU with 24 cores and is advertised as the fastest mobile CPU in the world. Additionally, Intel updated the Evo platform foundation with new battery life goals and Intel Unison software for iOS and Android device interaction.

The HX, H, P, and U series together offer 32 new mobile CPUs that target a variety of market areas, from ultra-thin laptops to high-end gaming. This year, it’s anticipated that around 300 new laptops with these CPUs will be unveiled by businesses including Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Razer, MSI, and Samsung.

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The Core i9-13980HX, a member of the 13th Generation ‘Raptor Lake’ family, has eight performance cores and 16 efficiency cores. It boasts a maximum frequency of 5.6GHz, a basic TDP of 55W, and PCIe 5.0 connectivity in addition to supporting up to 128GB of DDR5-5600 RAM. Between the Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5 tiers, there are a total of nine HX CPUs. According to Intel, its OEM partners will release 60 laptops powered by 13th Gen HX-series CPUs, a huge increase over the prior generation. The 45W H-series targets gamers and content makers who don’t require ultra-portable laptops and has significantly lesser specifications. In this category, 11 new models are available.

For consumers searching for mainstream laptops, new 28W P-series and 15W U-series CPUs with up to 14 cores (six P-cores and eight E-cores) and integrated Iris X graphics will be available. Along with Thunderbolt, Intel touts integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi in a variety of markets. For the purpose of speeding up AI tasks, specific CPU models will also include integrated Intel Movidius visual processing technology.

In terms of desktops, Intel has added mainstream products to the 13th Gen family without overclocking capability. These variants, which have target TDPs of 35W and 65W, are compatible with both 700-series and 600-series motherboards from the prior generation. Both retail box packing and pre-built OEM PCs should contain these. Three new Core i9 models with 8+16 cores, three new Core i7 models with 8+8 cores, and seven new Core i5 models with either 6+8 or 6+4 core configurations are also new. The range is completed by three Core i3 versions with only four P-cores.

The labels Celeron and Pentium, which Intel previously used for entry-level processors, have been replaced with the new N-series branding. These CPUs are intended for Windows and Chrome OS-powered PCs and laptops and are aimed towards the budget-conscious and educational markets. They are based on the “Gracemont” architecture and include up to eight efficiency cores, the same number as the 12th and 13th generation CPU lines. Additionally, Intel has changed the N-series devices that are included in its Core i3 product tier. Up to 10 hours of HD video playing is promised by Intel, along with 4K HDR output, HEVC and VP9 media encode/decode compatibility, AV1 decode support, and contemporary platform-level networking options including Gigabit Wi-Fi.

Eight single-threaded Gracemont cores, 6MB of L3 cache, and 3.8GHz peak clock rates are shared by the Core i3-N300 and Core i3-N305. Their respective TDP objectives are 7W and 15W. Both of the new Intel N100’s and N200’s four cores and 6W TDP ratings, as well as their integrated graphics capabilities and clock rates, are slightly different. They will show up in products from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Asus this year.

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