Intel’s upcoming Raptor Lake laptop CPUs have been leaked, and the lineup looks quite attractive indeed.
This comes from regular hardware leaker Raichu on Twitter (as flagged by Wccftech (opens in new tab)), which provided complete specs for the HX line of chips, starting with the Core i9-13900HX with 8 performance cores, 16 efficiency cores, and a boost of up to 5.4 GHz (base clock is 3.9 GHz) .
i9-13900HX 8P16E Max. 5.4/3.9i7-13700HX 8P8E Max. 5.0/3.7i7-13650HX 6P8E Max. 4.9/3.6i5-13500HX 6P8E Max. 4.7/3.5i5-13450HX 6P4E Max. -3200（Order SKU only 4800）.DRAM/Freq/Ring/PL OCNovember 14, 2022
Next up is the Core i7-13700HX – mind you, take this all with a handful of spices, as always with the rumor mill – which supposedly runs on 8 performance cores plus 8 efficiency cores and boosts up to 5 GHz (base clock at 3.7 GHz).
Slightly below that is the Core i7-13650HX processor, which drops to 6 performance cores (keeping 8 efficiency), with an increase of up to 4.9 GHz (and a base clock of 3.6 GHz).
Then there’s the Core i5-13500HX, which retains the same core count as the 13650HX but drops that boost to 4.7GHz (3.5GHz base). And finally, Raichu tells us there’s a Core i5-13450HX with 6 performance cores plus 4 efficiency cores and a boost of up to 4.6GHz (and a base clock of 3.4GHz).
Analysis: Raptor ready to attack
This Raptor Lake HX flagship looks like something pretty special, with no less than 24 cores (8 performance cores) and capable of boosting up to 5.4GHz. It’s a big step up from Alder Lake laptop chips, and along with those extra cores and faster clock speeds, you can also count on larger cache sizes for the Raptor Lake silicon. Plus, better overclocking is promised with 13th-gen laptop chips, so it’s fair to say they’re waiting in the wings to make a big impact.
When can we expect Team Blue to release these mobile processors? Intel said we’ll see their appearance before 2022, but realistically these chips will be in more laptops in early 2023 (no doubt with some potent pairs alongside GPUs for RTX 40 series laptops).
Perhaps the concern here isn’t performance, which seems to be present in abundance, but rather how these HX chips can affect battery life. That’s where AMD could score a key win in terms of better efficiency with the Zen 4 laptop’s silicon when it arrives – but exactly when that will happen, we’re not sure. But we do know that Raptor Lake mobile chips will be in full force before AMD hits the market, and as mentioned, 13th gen laptop silicon isn’t far off now. Exciting times indeed.