Intel announces 13th Gen “Raptor Lake” mobile processors with up to 24 cores

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Mobile Processor announced HX H P U N series
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After impressing the PC industry with the 12th Gen desktop chips, Intel has just announced the mobile lineup of the Raptor Lake processors. The company has kickstarted CES 2023 with the announcement of the latest U-series, P-series, H-series, and HX-series of laptop processors— each series catering to a specific group. In this article, we will discuss the latest 13th Gen Raptor Lake Intel mobile processors in more detail.

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Mobile Processors

Like their desktop counterparts, the new Raptor Lake mobile processors are based on Intel’s latest hybrid architecture. Based on the now-matured Intel 7 process, they bring a combination of high-performing Performance cores (P-cores) and efficiency-first Efficient (E-cores). They work in tandem thanks to the Intel Thread Director, which works alongside the operating system (OS) to deploy the most appropriate core depending on the task at hand.

13th Gen Intel Core HX-series Mobile

At the top of the new Raptor Lake mobile hierarchy is the HX series. These are “desktop-level” processors for extreme-performance laptops. Out of the nine chips announced, the Core i9-13980HX stole the show. It is a 24-core chip, divided into 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores with the former supporting Intel Hyper-Threading. As a result, the total thread count is 32.

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Intel has two more 24-core laptop processors: Core i9-12950HX and Core i9-13900Hx. They all share the same Core/Thread counts as well as the base frequencies of the Performance and Efficient clusters. However, the 12980HX edges past the other two with P-Core turbo and E-Core turbo at 5.6GHz and 4.0GHz, respectively. The i9-13950HX is a close second with the same E-Core Turbo but a lightly slower P-Core Turbo of 2.5GHz. Lastly, the Core i9-13900HX reaches Turbo frequencies of 3.9GHz and 5.4GHz for E-cores and P-cores, respectively.

13th Gen Intel Core HX-series SKUs

i9-13980HX i9-13950HX i9-13900HX i7-13850HX i7-13700HX i7-13650HX i5-13600HX i5-13500HX i5-13450HX
Processor Cores 24 24 24 20 16 14 14 14 10
Number of P-cores 8 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6
Number of E-cores 16 16 16 12 8 8 8 8 4
Total Processor Threads 32 32 32 28 24 20 20 20 16
Intel® Smart Cache (L3) 36MB 36MB 36MB 30MB 30MB 24MB 24MB 24MB 20MB
Max Turbo Frequency (GHz)9 P-core 5.6 5.5 5.4 5.1 5.0 4.9 4.7 4.6 4.5
E-core 4.0 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.4
Processor Base Frequency (GHz) P-core 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.4
E-core 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.8
Max Graphics Frequency (GHz) 1.65 1.65 1.65 1.60 1.55 1.55 1.50 1.50 1.45
Processor Graphics 32EU 32EU 32EU 32EU 32EU 16EU 32EU 16EU 16EU
DDR5 Frequency 5600 5600 5600 5600 4800 4800 4800 4800 4800
Processor Base Power (W) 55
Maximum Turbo Power (W) 157
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There are six more options, divided evenly between Core i7 and Core i5. They max out at 30 cores (8P+12E/28T) and 24 cores (6P+8E/20T), respectively.

Moreover, the HX series brings support for DDR5-5600 and DDR4-3200 RAM. You can pair with up to 128GB of RAM using the 4 DIMM slots in a 2DPC arrangement. The new HX series also supports XMP3.0 dynamic overclocking. Likewise, there is support for PCIe 5.0 x16, Intel Killer Wi-Fi, 6E, and Bluetooth LE Audio. There are no built-in Thunderbolt controllers, but OEMs can add up to 2 discrete controllers if they want to. That aside, the desktop-level Raptor Lake HX-series support up to 14 USB 2 and 10 USB 3 ports.

13th Gen Intel Core Mobile HX Block Diagram

13th Gen Intel Core H-series Mobile

A step below the high-end HX series is the H series. These are not desktop-grade and are meant for more traditional performance-seeking laptop users. They max out 14 cores, with 6 intended for heavy workloads and the rest for background tasks. There are six processors with this Cores/Thread count, with the Intel Core i9-13900HK leading the line. It is the only 13th Gen H-series SKU with support for CPU overclocking and Intel vPro Essentials.

13th Gen Intel Core H-series SKUs

i9-13900HK10 i9-13905H11 i9-13900H i7-13800H i7-13705H11 i7-13700H i7-13620H i5-13600H i5-13505H11 i5-13500H i5-13420H
Processor Cores 14 14 14 14 14 14 10 12 12 12 8
Number of P-cores 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4 4 4
Number of E-cores 8 8 8 8 8 8 4 8 8 8 4
Total Processor Threads 20 20 20 20 20 20 16 16 16 16 12
Intel® Smart Cache (L3) 24MB 24MB 24MB 24MB 24MB 24MB 24MB 18MB 18MB 18MB 12MB
Max Turbo Frequency (GHz)12 P-core 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.2 5.0 5.0 4.9 4.8 4.7 4.7 4.6
E-core 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.0 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.4
Processor Base Frequency (GHz) P-core 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.8 2.6 2.6 2.1
E-core 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 2.1 1.9 1.9 1.5
Max Graphics Frequency (GHz) 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.45 1.45 1.40
Processor Graphics 96EU 96EU 96EU 96EU 96EU 96EU 64EU 80EU 80EU 80EU 48EU
LPDDR5 Frequency13 6400 6400 6400 6400 6400 6400 5200 6400 6400 6400 5200
Processor Base Power (W) 45
Maximum Turbo Power (W) 115 95
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One of the key factors differentiating the H-series (and the P and U series) from the HX-series is the readily available Thunderbolt 4 controllers and support for LPDDR4x and LPDDR5x RAM on the former. In addition, it brings support for up to 4 USB 2, 10 USB 3, and 2 SATA 3.0 ports.

13th Gen Intel Core Mobile H P U Series Block Diagram

13th Gen Intel Core P and U series Mobile

The remaining Intel’s 12th Gen Raptor Lake mobile processors are meant to go into thin and light notebooks. Of the two, U-series prioritizes portable form factor, while the P-series is for those who want that extra bit of performance as well. Thus, P-series processors usually have a higher base and turbo TDPs than their U-series counterparts. They also offer better vPro compatibility for enterprise-level mobile solutions.

P-series SKUs

i7-1370P i7-1360P i5-1350P i5-1340P
Processor Cores 14 12 12 12
Number of P-cores 6 4 4 4
Number of E-cores 8 8 8 8
Total Processor Threads 20 16 16 16
Intel® Smart Cache (L3) 24MB 18MB 12MB 12MB
Max Turbo Frequency (GHz)12 P-core 5.2 5.0 4.7 4.6
E-core 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.4
Processor Base Frequency (GHz) P-core 1.9 2.2 1.9 1.9
E-core 1.4 1.6 1.4 1.4
Max Graphics Frequency (GHz) 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.45
Processor Graphics 96EU 96EU 80EU 80EU
Processor Base Power (W) 28
Maximum Turbo Power (W) 64
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U-series SKUs

i7-1365U i7-1355U i5-1345U i5-1335U i5-1334U i3-1315U i3-1305U Intel® Processor U300
Processor Cores 10 10 10 10 10 6 5 5
Number of P-cores 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Number of E-cores 8 8 8 8 8 4 4 4
Total Processor Threads 12 12 12 12 12 8 6 6
Intel® Smart Cache (L3) 12MB 12MB 12MB 12MB 12MB 10MB 10MB 8MB
Max Turbo Frequency (GHz) P-core 5.2 5.0 4.7 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.4
E-core 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3
Processor Base Frequency (GHz) P-core 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.6 1.2
E-core 1.3 1.2 1.2 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.2 0.9
Max Graphics Frequency (GHz) 1.30 1.30 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.10
Processor Graphics 96EU 96EU 80EU 80EU 80EU 64EU 64EU 48EU
LPDDR5 Frequency13 6400 6400 6400 6400 5200 5200 5200 5200
Processor Base Power (W) 15
Maximum Turbo Power (W) 55
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Intel N-series Mobile

Intel has shut down the Pentium and Celeron lineup and will use N-series branding for entry-level processors moving forward. The new N-series processors are also based on the Intel 7 process but feature only Efficient cores. It is further categorized into Intel Processor and Intel Core i3 N-series processor. The former caps out at 4 cores, while the latter takes the count up to 8. They bring the new Intel UHD iGPU with 32 execution units, AV1 decoding, and HW acceleration

13th Gen Intel N Series Mobile Block Diagram

Intel Core i3 N-series SKUs

Intel® Core™ i3-N305 Intel® Core™ i3-N300
Max Turbo Frequency Up to 3.8 GHz Up to 3.8 GHz
Number of Processor Cores/Threads 8/8 8/8
L3 Cache 6 MB 6 MB
Number of Memory Channels 1 1
Memory Type LPDDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

LPDDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

Max Graphics Frequency Up to 1.25 GHz Up to 1.25 GHz
Processor Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics
Graphics Execution Units 32 32
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 15W 7W

Intel Processor SKUs

Intel® Processor N200 Intel® Processor N100
Max Turbo Frequency Up to 3.7 GHz Up to 3.4 GHz
Number of Processor Cores/Threads 4/4 4/4
L3 Cache 6 MB 6 MB
Number of Memory Channels 1 1
Memory Type LPDDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

LPDDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR5 4800 MT/s

DDR4 3200 MT/s

Max Graphics Frequency Up to 750 MHz Up to 750 MHz
Processor Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics Intel® UHD Graphics
Graphics Execution Units 32 24
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 6W 6W
  • Meanwhile, check out our comparison between Intel i7-12700K and i7-11700K.