The Intel Core i9-13980HX Raptor Lake-HX CPU, which will power some of the quickest next-generation gaming laptops, has been discovered. Just a few days ago, it was claimed that Intel was developing on the Core i9-13980HX CPU, which when released will be the fastest laptop chip on the planet. Now, an ASUS laptop with the chip may have appeared in the Geekbench 5 database.
The Intel Core i9-13980HX Raptor Lake-HX CPU has 8 P-Cores based on the Raptor Cove architecture and 16 E-Cores based on the Gracemont architecture.
The entire setup features 24 cores and 32 threads, the same as the desktop Core i9-13900K. The CPU features the same 36 MB of L3 cache as the Core i9-12950HX/Core i9-12900HX CPUs and a maximum turbo frequency of up to 5.6 GHz, which is 600 MHz faster. The CPU will be one of several Raptor Lake-HX/H/P choices that will be available at CES 2023.
In terms of the Geekbench 5 leak, the CPU can be observed running inside an ASUS ‘ROG Strix G634JZ’ laptop with 64 GB of DDR5 memory. The remaining parameters are unknown at this time, although the power plan was set to ‘Turbo’. The CPU scored 1970 points in single-core tests and 20826 points in multi-core tests. This is identical to the 13900HX CPU result that we discussed a few days ago. This kind of performance puts laptops on par with enthusiast-grade CPUs like the Core i7-13700K or Ryzen 9 7900X.
However, the score appears to be rather unimpressive, as the 13980HX should outperform the 13900HX due to its 200 MHz faster clock speed. The ASUS ROG STRIX laptop may be thermally throttled if it does not meet the thermal design for the Core i9-13980HX. The second alternative is that we are looking at performance that is hampered by the power limitations of this particular laptop.
It’s also possible that this is an engineering sample or a prototype laptop design that isn’t intended for retail use. In any case, we know that cooling the Core i9-13980HX will be a challenging task for laptop manufacturers to tackle, since laptops are notoriously power-constrained when compared to desktop options. This is also not the first time that thermal throttling causes a higher-tier processor to perform similarly to a lower-tier chip.
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