In the near future: Intel’s latest mobile processor, the Core i9-13980HX, has surpassed 30,000 in Cinebench R23, making it one of the fastest CPUs to date – with no differentiation between desktop and mobile SKUs. As a consequence, the 13980HX outperformed a number of high-performance desktop CPUs from Intel and AMD, including the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X and the 16-core Core i7-13700K.
Jarrod’sTech published a benchmark score for an MSI GE78 HX Raider with an i9-13980HX processor. The laptop has a 175W Nvidia RTX 4090 laptop GPU, 64GB DDR5 5600 MT/s RAM, a 240Hz 1600P screen, and a 99.9Wh battery. Six heat pipes connected to two fans that cool both the CPU and GPU help in cooling. The laptop also incorporates MSI’s Overboost, which combines the CPU and GPU’s power envelopes, giving the CPU a total of 250W while the GPU is idle.
The 13980HX’s 30,498 multi-core benchmark run, according to Jarrod’s test, indicates a significant 30% performance boost over Intel’s previous-generation Core i9-12950HX. The 13980HX also easily outperforms AMD’s Ryzen 9 6900HX, with a rate twice as fast Score. In any case, the 13980HX is now the fastest mobile chip – at least in Cinebench R23, which is indicative of great multi-core productivity performance. We’ll have to wait till the Ryzen 7000 Mobile is out to find out if Intel can keep that title until 2023.
The 13980HX is Intel’s next generation mobile flagship, including the Raptor Lake CPU architecture, a maximum boost frequency of 5.4 GHz, 32 cores, 30 MB L3 cache, 24 MB L2 cache, and a maximum turbo power-Limit of 253 watts.
The 13980HX outperforms some of the greatest desktop CPUs, outperforming our own test samples of the Core i9-12900K, i7-13700K, and Ryzen 9 7900X in the same benchmark – 11.6% faster than the 12900K, 5% faster than the i7-13700K, and 3.8% faster than the Ryzen 9 7900X.
Based on the chip specifications and Cinebench scores, the 13980HX is essentially a Core i9-13900/13900K modified to operate in a laptop. Power consumption and CPU performance are uncannily close to Intel’s desktop CPUs. Owners of the MSI GE78 HX will profit significantly from having flagship desktop-class CPU performance on the road. Just don’t expect it to be light or inexpensive.