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Intel Announces 13th Generation Core Processors for Consumer Laptops and Desktops; New entry-level N-series processors

Intel Announces 13th Generation Core Processors for Consumer Laptops and Desktops; New entry-level N-series processors

Intel Announces 13th Generation Core Processors for Consumer Laptops and Desktops; New entry-level N-series processors

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While laptop and PC makers are expected to show off new models at CES 2023, Intel has unveiled a whole slew of processors that will power many of them. With dozens of new 13th Gen processors across all segments for laptops and desktops, plus an all-new entry-level lineup called the N-series, Intel is claiming leadership in performance, lasting longer battery life and superior experiences. The new flagship Core i9-13980HX is the first 24-core laptop processor and is considered the fastest mobile processor in the world. Intel has also updated its Evo platform framework, which improves battery life targets and adds Intel Unison software for integration with Android and iOS devices.

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In total, there are 32 new mobile processors in the HX, H, P, and U series that cater to different segments, from high-end gaming to thin and light laptops. More than 300 new laptops with these processors are expected to be announced this year from companies including Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Razer, MSI and Samsung.

Joining the 13th generation “Raptor Lake” family, the Core i9-13980HX features eight performance cores and 16 efficiency cores. It has a top speed of 5.6 GHz, a base TDP of 55 W and supports up to 128 GB of DDR5-5600 RAM along with PCIe 5.0 connectivity. There are nine HX processors in all, split across Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5 tiers. Intel says its OEM partners will introduce 60 laptops based on 13th-generation HX-series processors, which represents significant adoption over the previous generation. The H-Series 45W has slightly lower specs and is aimed at content creators and gamers who don’t need ultra-portable laptops. There are 11 new models in this category.

Meanwhile, those looking for mainstream laptops will have options based on the new 28W P-series and 15W U-series processors with up to 14 cores (six P-cores and eight E-cores) plus integrated Iris X graphics. Intel also touts built-in Gigabit Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt across all segments. Specific CPU models will also include integrated Intel Movidius vision processing hardware, to accelerate AI workloads.

On the desktop front, Intel has expanded the 13th Gen family to include mainstream models without overclocking support. These models have target TDPs of 35W and 65W and will be compatible with 700 series motherboards as well as previous generation 600 series motherboards. These should be available in retail packaging as well as pre-built OEM PCs. There are three new 8+16-core Core i9 models, three new 8+8-core Core i7 models, and seven new Core i5 models with 6+8 or 6+4 core configurations. Three Core i3 models with only four P cores complete the range.

The new Intel N-series brand replaces the old Celeron and Pentium names that Intel previously used for entry-level processors. Aimed at desktops and laptops running Windows as well as Chrome OS, these processors will target education and value-conscious markets. They have up to eight of the same efficiency cores as the 12th and 13th generation processor lines, based on the “Gracemont” architecture. Intel has also shifted its Core i3 product tier to now include N-series models. Intel promises up to 10 hours of HD video playback, 4K HDR video output, HEVC and VP9 media encoding/decoding as well as AV1 decoding support and modern platform-level connectivity, including Gigabit Wi-Fi.

The Core i3-N300 and Core i3-N305 both feature eight single-threaded Gracemont cores, 6MB of L3 cache, and peak clock speeds of 3.8GHz. They have TDP targets of 7W and 15W respectively. The new Intel N100 and N200 processors both have four cores and a 6W TDP, with integrated graphics capabilities and slightly different clock speeds. They will appear this year in devices from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Asus.

Check out the latest from the Consumer Electronics Show on Gadgets 360, in our CES 2023 hub.

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