Intel Core i9-13980HX Flagship Raptor Lake-HX CPU spotted in ASUS next-gen ROG STRIX laptop

Intel’s ultra-fast Intel Core i9-13980HX Raptor Lake-HX CPU has been spotted that will power some of the fastest next-gen gaming laptops.

ASUS prepares for next generation ROG STRIX laptop with ultra-fast Intel Core i9-13980HX Raptor Lake-HX Flagship CPU

Just a few days ago, we reported exclusively that Intel was working on a Core i9-13980HX CPU that aims to be the fastest laptop chip on the planet when it launches. Now an ASUS laptop featuring the chip is likely to appear in Geekbench 5’s database but before we take a look at that, let’s talk about the specs of this insane chip.

The Intel Core i9-13980HX Raptor Lake-HX CPU is designed to have 8 P-Cores based on Raptor Cove and 16 E-Cores based on the Gracemont architecture. The full configuration has 24 cores and 32 threads and is the same as the desktop Core i9-13900K. The CPU comes with the same 36MB L3 cache and has a maximum frequency of 5.6GHz which is 600MHz faster than the Core i9-12950HX / Core i9-12900HX CPUs. The CPU will be one of several Raptor Lake-HX/H/P options launching at CES 2023.

Coming to a Geekbench 5 leak, the CPU can be seen working inside the ASUS ‘ROG Strix G634JZ’ laptop which also features 64GB of DDR5 memory. Now the rest of the specs are unknown but the power plan is set to ‘Turbo’. In terms of performance, the CPU scored 1,970 points in the single-core and 20,826 points in the multi-core tests. This is somewhat similar to the result for the 13900HX CPU we covered just a few days ago. This kind of performance puts laptops on par with modern CPUs like the Core i7-13700K or Ryzen 9 7900X.

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However, the result seems a bit disappointing because the 13980HX should offer better performance than the 13900HX due to its 200MHz higher clock speed. One possibility is that the ASUS ROG STRIX laptop does not comply with the Core i9-13980HX’s thermal design and could be thermally throttled. The second possibility is that we’re looking at lagging performance due to the power limits of this particular laptop.

This can also be an engineering model or prototype of a laptop that is not intended for retail use. In any case, we know that cooling the Core i9-13980HX will be a difficult task for laptop makers to work with and laptops are known to be severely limited in terms of power versus desktop offerings. This also wouldn’t be the first time that a higher-level chip has acted similarly to a lower-level chip due to thermal throttling.

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Mobility CPU Kit:

CPU name Process/architecture family cores/threads base clock clock increase GPU cores TDP (PL1)
Core i9-13980HX Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-HX 24 (8 + 16) to be announced later on 5.6 GHz 32 EU 55 watts
Core i9-13900HX Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-HX 24 (8 + 16) 3.9 GHz 5.4 GHz 32 EU 55 watts
Core i7-13700HX Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-HX 16 (8 + 8) 3.7 GHz 5.0 GHz 32 EU 55 watts
Core i5-13650HX Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-HX 14 (6 + 8) 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 32 EU 55 watts
Core i5-13500HX Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-HX 14 (6 + 8) 3.5 GHz 4.7 GHz 32 EU 55 watts
Core i3-13450HX Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-HX 10 (6 + 4) 3.4 GHz 4.6 GHz 32 EU 55 watts
Core i9-13900HK Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-H 14 (6 + 8) to be announced later on 5.4 GHz 96 EU 45 watts
Core i7-13700H Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-H 14 (6 + 8) to be announced later on 5.0 GHz 96 EU 45 watts
Core i7-13620H Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-H 10 (6 + 4) to be announced later on 4.9 GHz to be announced later on 45 watts
Core i5-13500H Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-H 10 (6 + 4) to be announced later on 4.7 GHz to be announced later on 45 watts
Core i5-13420H Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-H 8 (4 + 4) to be announced later on 4.6 GHz to be announced later on 45 watts
Core i7-1370P Intel 10 / Raptor Lake RPL-P 14/20 1.9 GHz 5.0 GHz to be announced later on 28 watts
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