Intel’s 13th Gen mobile platform will consist of two high-performance lineups: 45W Raptor Lake-HK and 55W Raptor Lake-HX. The former will be a refresh of 12th Gen Alder Lake-H with up to 6 “Golden Cove” P cores (1MB L2/core) and 8 “Gracemont” E cores. The performance “P” cores will top at 5.4GHz in lightly threaded workloads with a base TDP of 45W.
Raptor Lake-HX will feature the BGA implementation of the desktop chips with a base package power of 55W. We already know about the Core i9-13900HX, Core i7-13700HX, Core i5-13xx0HX, and Core i3-13450HX. These high-performance notebook CPUs are derivatives of the Core i9-13900K, Core i7-13700K, Core i5-13600K, 13500, and 13400.
The Core i9-13900HX was supposed to be the fastest, with 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores with a peak single-core boost of 5.4GHz. However, Intel has decided to up the ante with plans for an even faster flagship with a boost clock of 5.6GHz. The Core i9-13980HX will be a better-binned 13900HX with the same core and cache configuration, much like the 13900KS-13900K duo.
In addition to doubling the L2 cache per P-core and twice as many E-cores, the Core i9-13980HX boosts 600MHz higher than its predecessor. Even if AMD rolls out 16-core mobile designs with Dragon Range, Intel will probably hold onto the crown. After all, they are repurposed Raphael chips with lower clocks and won’t hold up well against Raptor Lake-S derivatives.