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13th Gen Core Mobile: RPL brings 24 cores to the notebook, ADL refresh more clock

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Intel is relaunching its entire portfolio of notebook CPUs for CES 2023: the HX, H, P and U series will be updated in parallel for the first time. Alder Lake in optimized production is almost always the basis, but at the top Raptor Lake brings 24 cores to the notebook in the HX series for the first time.

Raptor Lake or Alder Lake Refresh?

In the run-up to the presentation, Intel provided the editors with extensive material on the new mobile processors. Technical specifications, range of functions and advantages of the respective series are presented in detail. What is missing is a clear statement as to which architecture is used in which model.

Raptor Lake (RPL) or Alder Lake (ADL) Refresh: What’s in Where? (Image: Intel)

There’s Raptor Lake and Alder Lake Refresh

The question arises for the enthusiast because there are basically two different Technologys that form the basis of the 13th generation Core in the notebook: Raptor Lake (RPL) with a slightly modified architecture, more E-Cores and optimized Intel 7 production – like from Core i9-13900K, i7-13700K and i5-13600K known – as well as a refresh from Alder Lake (ADL, 12th Gen Core in the notebook from U to HX series), which no longer offers (new) cores, but also from the new production is coming. In response to repeated requests, Intel Germany first made the following statement from the USA:

Question: Will SKUs in the 13th Gen Intel Core family – both mobile and desktop – use Alder Lake die combinations (example: 8P+8E with Golden Cove cores) in addition to the Raptor Lake die combinations?

Answer: Yes. We are leading with the Raptor Lake architecture on a refined Intel 7 process featuring the Raptor Cove core for higher clocks, more E-cores, larger caches and more, but we have leveraged the Alder Lake die to provide an efficient and effective way to ramp the new product stack for a broad market while giving us more capacity for the leading-edge technology at the top of our stack. It is important to know that when we leverage the ADL it has been qualified and validated so the end user is getting the exact same spec (ie frequency, cache) at the same processor level – regardless of which one has been used.

25 minutes before the embargo fell, it was said again: All H, P and U SKUs always use the new Raptor Cove cores of the Raptor Lake architecture. The HX series should only do this for models with more than 8 E-Cores, while the others are still at Alder Lake.

Indeed, Intel’s decision to mix Alder Lake Refresh and Raptor Lake in the 13th Gen Core appears to be less severe from a customer perspective than it has been at times in the past, when CPUs from the supposedly same generation had marked feature set differences . Because the differences between Alder Lake and Raptor Lake are essentially the number of E-Cores and the higher clock rates and increased efficiency made possible by the optimized production. Intel uses the more E-Cores at the upper end of the HX series, the new production also with the Alder Lake refresh.

With the new naming scheme for mobile Ryzen CPUs of the 7000 series, which should be presented shortly, AMD has recently ensured that the CPU architecture of the cores can be read directly from the processor model number. However, since the manufacturer plans to release processors with Zen 2, Zen 3 and Zen 4 cores in one series, the demand is also greater in this case.

Intel’s 13th Gen Core HX series in detail

The HX series is the manufacturer’s latest mobile processor series. It was introduced on the basis of Alder Lake in the summer of 2022. At that time, the CPUs offered two additional performance cores, more PCIe lanes and addressed more RAM compared to the largest mobile H-CPUs using the large desktop die. Aimed at workstations, HX also replaced the mobile Xeon series with models that offered vPro and ECC support. Intel only mentioned gaming as a secondary issue, the core issue was content creation performance.

Intel's 13th generation core offers up to 24 cores in the HX series
Intel’s 13th generation core offers up to 24 cores in the HX series (Image: Intel)

With the help of the increased TDP compared to the H series, the HX series was indeed able to secure 1st place in the notebook performance discipline last year, ahead of AMD Ryzen 6000 Mobile. The article Intel Core i9-12900HX in the test: 86 watts are enough for the desktop chip for first place in the notebook provides all the details.

Raptor Lake with up to 24 cores

In 2023, the difference between the H and HX series at the upper performance end will continue to grow, because the large Raptor Lake Die not only brings two additional P-s compared to the other 13th generation CPUs, but also as a Core i9 and largest core i7 also has significantly more E-Cores with it. Instead of the previous maximum of 8P+8E cores, the 13th generation Intel Core with HX can now have up to 8P+16E cores in the notebook. The two smaller Core i7s and the three Core i5s, on the other hand, increase less than their predecessors, if there was one at all, because Intel does not follow every existing HX processor with a new one. It is reasonable to assume that in this case it is not a severely trimmed Raptor Lake die with 8+16 cores that is used, but the old Alder Lake die of the last generation, which now achieves significantly higher clock rates on the basis of better production.

This is also supported by the fact that only the four large CPUs now support DDR5-5600, while the smaller ones remain at DDR5-4800.

24 cores vs. ? cores at AMD

In particular, the four new models with more cores continue to put AMD under pressure. The manufacturer was able to keep up well with Ryzen 6000 Mobile with a maximum of eight Zen 3 cores, but the gain in efficiency that Intel has already demonstrated in the desktop with Raptor Lake with new production, paired with up to 24 cores and 32 Threads promises a huge performance boost. AMD is likely to make public at the CES 2023 keynote on January 5 to what extent AMD Ryzen 7000 Mobile will be able to hold up for the first time with more than eight cores.

Intel’s 13th generation core offers up to 24 cores in the HX series (Image: Intel)

HX now also explicitly stands for gaming

It’s interesting that Intel realigned the focus of the HX series in just six months: “For gaming laptops and mobile workstationsIt is now said, ie gaming notebooks are in first place and should consequently also make up the majority of new notebooks with HX processors in the coming days.

Intel’s 13th Gen Core H(K) series in detail

The H(K) series has a maximum of six P and eight E cores, but the clock rates of the cores and the iGPU increase. The fact that the maximum supported LPDDR5 clock increases from effectively 5,200 to 6,400 MHz underlines Intel’s statement that Raptor Cove cores are used in the H series.

The 13th generation Intel Core as H series (Picture: Intel)
Intel Core i-12000H

Intel’s 13th Gen Core P-Series in detail

Intel’s P series is also essentially experiencing a clock update with the 13th generation Core, which affects CPU, iGPU and DDR5 memory support. The 12th generation of the P series offered support for DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, LPDDR5-5200 and LPDDR4-4267, in the 13th generation it is DDR5-5200 and LPDDR5-6400. There is no change for DDR4, which was already supported with maximum JEDEC specification.

The P series relies on the same die as the H series, but due to the lower TDP classification, the number of active cores and the clock are lower. With the Core i7-1370P, only one model in the series still uses the full configuration of the 6P+8E core dies; the predecessor had the higher rated Core i7-1280P. The Core i3-1220P also has no direct successor for the time being. Like their predecessors, all 13th generation P-CPUs offer vPro.

Intel Core i-12x0P in the notebook from Q1/2022

Intel’s 13th Gen Core U-series in detail

The same picture emerges in the U-series: Raptor Cove cores bring higher clock speeds for CPU, iGPU and memory, although this does not apply to all cores in every SKU. The TDP corset remains untouched in this class.

Intel Core i-12x5U with Pentium and Celeron in the notebook from Q1/2022

The general rule is: the lower the TDP class, the smaller the performance jumps to be expected from the 12th to the 13th generation Intel Core in the notebook. Tests will have to show later whether this also applies in practice.

With the 13th generation Core for notebooks, Intel has also adjusted the specifications in the Evo program. Notebooks with a separate GPU (dGPU) can now also bear the seal.

ComputerBase received information about this article from Intel under NDA. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication date.

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We end one more Sunday with a new summary of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes, a classic where you will find the most important news of the week and you can catch up with just a few clicks. As always, we wish you a good Monday.

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  • Sony updates its camera catalog with the new 4K PTZ.
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  • Getac introduces the S410 laptop and F110 tablet, two ruggedized and powerful 5G-enabled computers.
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Barcelona offers 200,000 euros to the project that reduces the accident rate of motorcycles

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Barcelona City Council has launched a challenge for companies, startups, universities and innovation centers to present urban solutions that have as objective reduce motorcycle-related accidents. The chosen projects, which will be applied in the city, are part of the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative that promotes pilot tests to improve mobility.

Barcelona is one of the European cities with a greater presence of motorcycles and mopeds which represent 33% of the total census of vehicles, and motorcycle drivers account for 86% of the seriously injured, according to the balance of road accidents for the first half of 2022. With the aim of reducing accidents and increasing road safety in the city, these entities have launched this initiative to find and apply innovative solutions on the streets of the city, with the collaboration of the Tomorrow.Mobility show organized by Fira and the EIT Urban Mobility (European Union initiative).

The challenge, launched internationally, counts with an economic endowment of 200,000 euros, which will correspond to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the winning solutions. The projects can be aimed at resolving the accident rate from behavioral innovation, that is, with solutions related to driving habits, and from technological innovation.

The execution time of the selected proposals is 18 months, of which the pilot phase must be a minimum of six. The proposals must be applicable in a real environment in the short term and must define, in this sense, its deployment space. In addition, it must achieve quantifiable results in relation to the safety of motorcyclists and third parties, which are lasting over time. Its innovative and differential component will also be valued both in the methodologies and resources used and in its execution.

This call is aimed at companies, startups, universities, research centers, technology centers, associations and foundations that have until next March 1 to present their projects. A committee of experts will assess the technical quality of the works presented and will choose the winning solutions that could be applied in Barcelona during that same year. The projects will have international projection with their participation in the next edition of Tomorrow.Mobility, which will be held next November together with the Smart City Expo World Congress at Fira de Barcelona.

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Microsoft Teams integrates into Elgato Stream Deck

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The Elgato Stream Deck is a very interesting peripheral that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time, and that allows you to create different shortcuts and functions that will be associated to each of the available buttons. It allows you to create different usage profiles, and we can switch between them in a very simple way.

For example, we can assign to a button that directly opens a web page, to run a specific application, to perform a specific action and we can also set specific commands and download completely free applications. It is a very interesting solution, especially for professionals who are dedicated to content creation and streaming.

The point is that the Redmond giant has released an official plugin that allows you to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck device with Microsoft Teams. This plugin was announced by the American company earlier this week, but it was officially launched yesterday. The installation process is quite simple, but we can find more information in the official Microsoft forums.

Once installed, we can use the Elgato Stream Deck to access shortcuts and specific functions that will improve our user experience with Microsoft Teams. Thus, for example, we can blur the background in a video call by pressing a button, and we can also assign other specific functions such as raising and lowering our hand, muting ourselves, recording, and even to show live reactions during meetings.

This new plugin enhances the value of the Elgato Stream Deck, making it a very interesting solution for those who work remotely and have to participate in frequent video calls and events. Obviously it is still an excellent option for content creators and streaming professionals as well. I remind you that it is available in different versions, and that the standard MK.2 model with 15 buttons is priced at €149.99.

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