Monday, Jan 09, 2023, 17:00 Hardware

Intel Reveals "World's Fastest Processor"

More than two years ago, Apple announced the coming end to its partnership with Intel for CPUs – Cupertino would be making the switch to an in-house ARM architecture (Apple Silicon). The Mac Pro is currently the only Apple devcie still available with an Intel chip – and its predecessor should arrive by this spring. For customers temporarily still dependent on x86 processor architecture, since 2020, Cupertino has also retained one Mac mini with an Intel chip in its product line. Apple demonstrated to both Intel and AMD, particulalry in the mobile sector, that efficiency and performance aren't mutually exclusive. For Macs with M1 or M2 chips, it's rare for uses to ever hear a fan during operation – and despite this, the devices still offer significantly better performance compared to the previous Intel models.

24 Cores – 5.6 GHz Clock Rate
At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel presented an entirely new line of processors – including the Intel Core i9-13980HX, amongst others. This specific processor comes equipped with a total of 24 cores, (16 efficiency and 8 performance cores), achieving a clock rate of up to 5.6 GHz. For comparison: Mobile sector M-chips come with between 8 and 10 cores, with a maximal clock rate of 3.5 GHz. Apple's processors do not possess a turbo boost mode, unlike Intel or AMD chips.

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Intel even described the current processor's predecessor, the Intel Core i9-2900HK, as the "fastest mobile processor in the world" – and the processor is indeed superior to an M1 Pro or an M1 Max when it comes to many tasks from a performance perspective. However, the price is a steep one: There's no expectation for laptops equipped with these chips to have a particularly long battery time – and a maximum power consumption of over 150 watts for only the CPU of a mobile device places a large demand on the laptop's cooling system.

The Intel Core i9-13980HX supports up to 128GB of DDR5 memory, bluetooth 5.2, and WiFi 6E (Intel's self-titled "KIller[TM] WiFi"). The newer chips also come with Thunderbolt 4 and a better dedicated graphics solution.



For Gamer's & Enthusiasts
Unlike Apple laptops, Intel's new high-end processor doesn't target normal customers but gamers and enthusiasts. Due to the necessary limitations imposed by the CPU as far as the housing (larger shape and size due to the unit and other large components needed for its proper functioning) and battery time, the new flagship model isn't likely to find much interest in the mobile sectore outside of a very small circle of customers.

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