Perspective: The brand new Intel Core i9-13980HX mobile chip just passed the 30,000 mark in Cinebench R23, making it one of the fastest processors to date, barring any differences between desktop and mobile SKUs. With this result, the 13980HX was able to outperform several high-end desktop processors from Intel and AMD, including the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X and the 16-core Core i7-13700K.
The result of the benchmark was shared Jarrod’s Tech while watching MSI GE78 HX Raider powered by i9-13980HX. The laptop is fully equipped with 175W Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU, 64GB DDR5-5600MT/s memory, 240Hz 1600P screen and 99.9Wh battery. Cooling is assisted by six heatpipes connected to two fans that cool both the CPU and the GPU. The laptop also includes MSI’s Overboost, which allows the CPU and GPU to combine their power, giving the CPU a total of 250W when the GPU is idle.
According to Jarrod’s review, 30,498 multi-core benchmarks, the 13980HX outperforms the previous generation Intel Core i9-12950HX processor by 30%. The 13980HX also outperforms the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX by a wide margin, delivering twice the speed. So, no matter how you look at it, the 13980HX is currently the fastest mobile chip – at least in Cinebench R23, which tends to show high multi-core performance. We’ll have to wait for the launch of the Ryzen 7000 mobile processor before we know if Intel can hold onto that title until 2023.
The 13980HX is Intel’s latest mobile flagship with a Raptor Lake CPU architecture, 5.4GHz maximum clock speed, 32 cores, 30MB L3 cache, 24MB L2 cache, and a maximum turbo power limit of 253W.
The 13980HX is so fast it can rival some of the best desktop processors out there, beating our Core i9-12900K, i7-13700K and Ryzen 9 7900X samples in the same test by 11.6% faster. than 12900K, 5% faster than i7-13700K and 3.8% faster than Ryzen 9 7900X.
For all intents and purposes, the 13980HX is essentially a Core i9-13900/13900K modified to run inside a laptop based on chip specs and the Cinebench results we see here. The power consumption and performance of the processor are so similar to Intel desktop chips that it’s even strange. Owners of the MSI GE78 HX will greatly benefit from this, with the performance of a flagship desktop-class processor on the way. Just don’t expect this laptop to be light and cheap.