In addition to expanding the range of 13th generation Core desktop chips, Intel immediately presented four new lines of processors for mobile systems. The diversity is amazing. The proposed list includes models with the number of cores from 5 to 24, as well as power consumption from 15 W to 157 W.
If in the case of desktop chips it was about expanding the already existing line, then for mobile systems at CES the manufacturer presented several series of CPUs aimed at different segments.
The most powerful chips are collected in the Core HX line, which is positioned by the manufacturer as a solution for the most powerful gaming laptops and portable workstations. Judging by the technical characteristics, in this case we are actually talking about desktop processors optimized for use in mobile systems. In the top configurations, Core i9 HX have 8 productive and 16 energy-efficient cores, 36 MB of L3 cache memory, clock frequencies up to 5.6 GHz, DDR5-5600 support (up to 128 GB) and PCI-E 5.0 buses (16 lines).
The Core i7 HX line offers chips with interesting configurations of active cores. The older Core i7-13850HX received 8 productive and 12 energy-efficient computers. This layout is not used in desktops. The Core i7-13700HX has the usual 8/16+8 combination, while the younger Core i7-13650HX is 6/12+8.
The structural formula of the Core i5 HX chips is also similar to that of the desktop models – older models received 6/12+8, while the younger model received 6/12+4.
All chips of the HX series have unlocked multipliers, so laptop manufacturers will be able to offer owners experiments with overclocking. In the framework of mobile systems, this game is somewhat specific, but any whim is for the money of enthusiasts. Note that the same level of power consumption is declared for all CPUs in the line – up to 55 W at the base, and up to 157 W at the peak (Max Turbo Power).
Given the peculiarity of the layout, Core 13th HX processors are not an SoC and require the installation of an additional chipset on the board, which will be responsible for peripheral binding.
Among the features of the series, you can also pay attention to the fact that the HX chips are equipped with integrated graphics with 16/32 executive modules, that is, in most cases, laptops based on these CPUs will be offered with discrete graphics.
The classic H-line of Core performance chips also turned out to be quite diverse, although in this case the update mostly affected only clock frequencies and the ability to work with faster RAM. In the top configuration, the processors are equipped with 6 productive cores with Hyper-Threading support and operating frequencies up to 5.4 GHz, and have 8 energy-efficient computers. Most models support memory up to LPDDR5-6400 and are equipped with integrated Xe graphics with 96EU.
H-series models already have a typical layout for mobile chips, providing for the presence of PCH on the same substrate as the CPU/GPU chip. Processors also support PCI-E 5.0, although they have 8 lines at their disposal. At the same time, the possibility of direct connection of two M.2 PCI-E 4.0 x4 is provided. Among the advantages of mobile “nature”, it is possible to single out the support of four Thunderbolt 4 ports with the implementation of DP2.1 and USB 3.2. The same HX chips need additional controllers for this.
Despite the increase in operating frequencies, the energy appetites of Core 13th generation of the H-series remained at the previous mark – basic 45 W with peak 115 W in Core i9/i7 models and 95 W in Core i5.
Core P-series processors can generally be considered special cases of the H-line, specifically for situations where more economical, but still quite powerful chips are needed. The model range of the line is small. The older Core i7-1370P chip has a 6/12+8 configuration, while the others got a 4/8+8 layout. As a result of slightly lower operating frequencies and probably the supply voltage, the power consumption of the P-series chips managed to be kept within 28/64 W.
Economical Core U-series processors for thin and light notebooks have a base power consumption of 15 W and maximum values of Max Turbo Power of 55 W. There are also generally not many updates compared to the previous generation models. The main emphasis is on increasing the operating frequencies of P/E-cores.
By the way, the Core 13xxx U-series models use a more compact crystal, which in the maximum configuration includes only 2 productive cores with Hyper-Threading support and 8 energy-efficient computers. And this configuration is used for all economic Core i7/i5 models. While the Core i3-1315U has already received a 2/4+4 layout.
It is interesting that Intel in this class of CPU continues to experiment with only one productive core and four energy-efficient ones. The Core i3-1305U model received exactly the 1/2+4 configuration. Another interesting representative of the line – Intel Processor U300 – has an identical formation. As previously reported, the manufacturer is abandoning the Pentium/Celeron brands for its mobile chips, considering the “Intel Processor” designation to be more understandable. Apparently, the U300 replaces the Pentium Gold 8505, which had identical equipment and, oddly enough, the same operating core frequencies. There was improvement only in support of faster memory – DDR5-5200 vs. DDR5-4800. Well, and the name change, of course.