New Intel Raptor Lake mobile CPUs take number-one spot in benchmarks

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One of Intel’s newest mobile CPUs, the Intel Core i9-13980HX, has only been in the wild since yesterday, and already it’s reclaimed the number one spot in the PassMark mobile CPU benchmark ranking.

As revealed by the PassMark test and reported on by VideoCardz, the Core i9-13980HX scored 54,483 points while the Core i9-13900HX has a score of 51,739 points. The two Raptor Lake-HX CPUs, which feature 24 cores and a TDP of 55W, have surpassed the 12-core AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX Zen 4 processor, putting the latter in third place on the benchmark score list, and securing Intel's place as the leading mobile processor maker.

According to the data, we can infer that the Raptor Lake-HX is between 9% to 14% faster than the 7845HX in single-threaded tests and is at least 11% faster in multicore performance. However, AMD is planning on a 16-core Ryzen 9 7945HX processor, as revealed during its CES 2023 keynote. That would likely lessen the gap, especially since the Intel Core i9-13980HX only has eight performance cores, with 16 efficiency cores to back those up. 

AMD does not use big.LITTLE architecture, so those 16 Ryzen 9 7945HX cores are all going to be running at full throttle.

What does this mean for AMD?

These PassMark benchmarks are fascinating in what they reveal about the mobile Raptor Lake-HX mobile CPUs, and it’ll be even more interesting to see how well they do in more mainstream benchmarks like CPU-Z Validator and Geekbench.

If those tests are favorable enough, it could honestly make these two processors some of the best processors on the market, mobile or otherwise. And even with the upcoming 16-core 7945HX from AMD, it might not be enough to even match the Raptor Lake chips, let alone surpass them. 

Most likely the only way AMD could win this matchup is through the pricing of laptops that use its chips, but that’s up to those brands to set. Although normally, there is a difference in cost between Intel laptops and AMD laptops, so it’s definitely possible.

Allisa James
Computing Staff Writer

Named by the CTA as a CES 2023 Media Trailblazer, Allisa is a Computing Staff Writer who covers breaking news and rumors in the computing industry, as well as reviews, hands-on previews, featured articles, and the latest deals and trends. In her spare time you can find her chatting it up on her two podcasts, Megaten Marathon and Combo Chain, as well as playing any JRPGs she can get her hands on.