Intel’s 13th generation Core series processors of laptops were announced during CES 2023 this year and sitting pretty at the top of the generation’s hill is the Core i9-13980HK. While we did manage to see MSI laptops fitted with said mobile CPU, we never actually got a chance to see it in action.
Enter Jarrod’sTech, the Australian TechTuber, whom MSI was kind enough to sponsor with two of its upcoming desktop replacement laptops, the Raider GE78 and Titan GT77, fitted with the Core i9-13980HK. The latter is essentially a refresh last year’s model, and based on the information we were given by its parent company when we visited its booth at CES 2023, the laptop is, for lack of better words, an absolute beast.
Both the Raider GE78 and Titan GT77 can be fitted with up to a Core i9-13980HX and with the former, it had that and more. By that, we mean an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 mobile GPU with the full-fat 175W TGP, 64GB DDR5-5600MT/s RAM, a 240HZ QHD+ display, and a 99.9WHr battery. As for the CPU’s performance, Jarrod’s review of the laptop showed that the Core i9-13980HX was capable of achieving 30498 on the multi-core test of Cinebench R23.
By comparison, the Core i9-13980HX is about 30% faster over Intel’s previous generation Core i9-12950HX, nearly twice as fast as AMD’s Ryzen 9 6900HX. What is even more impressive, however, is how much faster that same mobile CPU is against its desktop counterparts. Specifically, it benched faster than the Core i9-12900K by 11.6%, 5% against the 13700K, and 3.8% faster than the Ryzen 7900X.
But as powerful as the Core i9-13980HK – which is basically just desktop Core i9-13900K that has been modified and tweaked to run inside a laptop – can be and is seen on Jarrod’s benchmarks, one has to remember that, in Intel’s quest to assert and maintain dominance in the laptop space, it is effectively giving up performance-per-watt efficiency for the privilege. That, and the fact that you can very expect such laptops fitted with said CPU to run you a pretty penny, especially if that laptop also happens to be paired with NVIDIA’s top-tier Ada Lovelace mobile GPUs.