Intel 2023 laptop processor update: from 4 to 24 cores, 6W to 157W TDP
This January Intel is launching five mobile series, spanning across ultra-low power to high-end desktop replacements. There is definitely something new for everyone.
Starting with the brand new HX-series, Intel is introducing 9 new processors, featuring 10 to 24 cores. This is the first time the company is adding so many cores to a laptop, but one should remember that these 55W SKUs are not typical mobile processors. The HX-series are using desktop silicons with higher core count, but also limited graphics performance. Furthermore, the HX CPUs have higher max turbo power at 157W (same as 12th Gen HX), that’s 42W higher than H series.
The flagship CPU called Core i9-13980HX will feature 24 cores, and it will boost up to 5.6 GHz. However, the i9-13950HX and i9-13900HX will not be much slower, featuring 5.5 and 5.4 GHz boost respectively. It is also worth mentioning Core i7-13850HX CPU, which has an unusual 20-core/28-thread configuration. Only the four mentioned SKUs will support DDR5-5600 memory, while the rest will support 4800 MT/s by default.
While the HX series will go to the most powerful desktop class gaming and workstations systems, the H and HK SKUs should be a much more popular choice. Here Intel is not making significant changes compared to 12th Gen series, these will again be limited to 14 cores and 20 threads. The base power of 45W has not changed, but Intel managed to add up to 400 MHz higher boost clock to most CPU classes.
Intel Mobile Update: 28W, 15W and 6W SKUs
The 13th Gen series will receive four new P-series SKUs, 9 U-series models and one special SKU called U300. The specs range from 5 cores (1P+4E) up to 14 cores and 20 threads. The P and U-series will be popular among all-around business and daily use laptops that do not require discrete GPU for gaming.
Last but not least, the new N-series are not technically part of the 13th Gen Core family. In fact, they are not even part of the Core series. The new SKUs are Intel’s new N-Series Processor family, a successor to Celeron/Pentium series.
These are the long-awaited Alder Lake-N SKUs featuring 8 and 4 core configurations. Instead of providing TDPs, Intel is sharing Max Turbo Power only, which is ranging from 6W to 15W, a considerable reduction compared even to the U-series. These N-series SKUs will also be used by entry-level desktops.