In the world of computing, few names are as legendary as Intel®. Since theyintroduced the very first microprocessor all the way back in 1971, Intel has been at the forefront of computer innovation, and they remain one of the top CPU manufacturers to this day.
Nowhere is this more evident than in their 13th generation of computer processors, codenamed “Raptor Lake.” Not only do they utilize an exciting new hybrid architecture, but they also represent an unprecedented leap forward in the world of mobile CPUs - and that’s on top of their equally impressive desktop CPUs.
If you’re not familiar with the nitty-gritty details of computer processors, you may be wondering what makes Intel’s Raptor Lake processors so special. Don’t fret. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at how these new CPU models improve computing experiences for a wide range of users, from gamers to professionals and everyone in between. We’ll also review six new HP products that feature Raptor Lake processors for unequaled performance across a variety of tasks.
What is hybrid CPU architecture?
If you’ve been in the market for a new desktop or notebook device, you’ve likely noticed that a computer’s central processing unit, or CPU, is advertised by the number of cores. A computer core performs the calculations and operations needed for the machine to function - so the more cores a CPU has, the faster it is. Put simply, the number of CPU cores is a quick, easy way to determine the power of a computer’s processor.
What makes Intel’s newest processors so special is that they use a brand new hybrid architecture, which utilizes two different types of cores for improved performance in certain tasks. Previously, this unique type of processor architecture, also known as ARM, was only found in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Intel 12th Generation: P- and E-Cores
But, in 2021, Intel released their 12th-generation “Alder Lake” Core™ processors, which were the first ARM CPUs for desktop and notebook PCs. Intel calls the two types of cores in their processors Performance Cores, or P-Cores, and Efficiency Cores, or E-Cores.
P-Cores are full-sized cores like the ones traditionally found in CPUs. They’re used for larger, resource-intensive processes.
Conversely, E-Cores are smaller and draw less power than P-Cores, and are used for less intense background tasks. Offloading certain processes to E-Cores helps speed up P-Cores for heavier workloads.
Intel unveils 13th-Gen Raptor Lake CPUs
Intel’s 12th-Gen hybrid CPUs were a success, so they set out iterating. In October 2022, they unveiled the subsequent generation of processors, Raptor Lake. Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs are included in some of HP’s best products. For a closer look at how these processors perform, here are three desktop computers powered by an Intel Core processor.
Whether you’re working or gaming, these three desktop computers have you covered thanks to their 13th-Gen Intel processors.
Victus by HP 15L TG02-1000 featuring the Intel Core i5-13400
A good gaming PC doesn’t have to break the bank - that’s certainly true of the HP Victus 15 gaming desktop, which can tackle the latest games with ease, not to mention most other tasks you can throw at it. That’s thanks to the built-in Intel Core i5-13400, which has 10 cores and can reach up to 4.6 GHz clock speed with Intel Turbo Boost.
The included NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 1660 Super has 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, which should be more than enough to handle new releases at mid to high settings in Full HD (1920 x 1080). The default design has 8GB of DDR4 RAM for general tasks and comes with 256GB of solid state drive (SSD) storage.
And if that’s not enough power, you have some options. Upgrade the CPU to an Intel Core i7-3700, or unlock ray-tracing capabilities with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3050, 3060, or 3060Ti with up to 12GB of dedicated VRAM. You can also increase the amount of RAM and storage up to 32GB and 1TB, respectively.
The Victus 15L includes 1 USB-C port and 4 USB-A ports on the front. There are 4 more USB-A 2.0 ports on the back, and the package includes an HP 310 wired keyboard and mouse.
HP ENVY TE02-1075T featuring the Intel Core i7-13700
The HP ENVY TE02-1075T lives up to its name thanks to the 16-core Intel Core i7-13700 CPU, which can reach up to 5.2 GHz clock speed with Intel Turbo Boost. That means, along with its impressive 12GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and 16GB of RAM, this desktop computer can play graphically-intense games at higher resolutions and tackle intense work processes with ease.
There’s plenty of room for files thanks to 1TB of SSD storage space, making this a perfect option for streamers and content creators. There’s also plenty of room for peripherals and flash storage: 1 USB-C and 3 USB-A ports on the front, and 5 more high-speed USB ports on the back. Plus, there’s a 3-in-1 memory card reader for importing files from SD cards.
HP OMEN 45L GT22-1455 featuring the Intel Core i9-13900K
If you absolutely can’t sacrifice any power, look no further than the Intel Core i9-3900JK, included in the HP OMEN 45L gaming desktop. It can reach a whopping 5.8 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, and the massive NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 can produce stunning ray-traced graphics at high resolutions thanks to its 24GB of dedicated GDDR6X VRAM.
This PC also comes included with 16GB of lightning-fast DDR5 memory, with room for expansion up to 128GB. It includes 1TB of SSD storage and 1TB of hard disk drive (HDD) storage, so gamers, streamers, and content creators will never run out of space for files. The front of the machine has four USB-A ports, and the back includes 2 USB-C ports, 2 USB-A ports, and plenty of room for peripherals.
It should go without saying that the HP OMEN can tackle even the heaviest processes with ease.
Intel surprises CES with 13th-gen mobile processors
At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, Intel surprised their audience by announcing that they would be bringing their 13th generation hybrid processors to notebook and tablet computers. They blew everyone away with the Intel Core i9-13980HX, the fastest laptop 0processor ever and the first to feature a whopping 24 cores.
But for those looking for power and portability at a reasonable price, they also announced a full line of notebook CPUs, which can be identified by the letter at the end of the product number.
U-Series: Ultra Low Power
Don’t let the name fool you. The U-series is strong, it simply draws less power and generates less heat, making them perfect for inclusion in smaller laptops and tablet computers, like the versatile and affordable HP 15-FD00047NR.
HP 15-FD0047NR featuring the Intel Core i7-3755U
The HP 15-FD0047NR is a budget-friendly laptop that offers great performance and features for everyday use. The 15.6-inch diagonal display features a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The laptop is powered by the Intel Core i7-3755U, which is a 10-core processor with an impressive boost clock speed of 5.0 GHz. The integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics card is perfect for light gaming.
The laptop comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD for storage. This configuration should be adequate for everyday tasks such as web browsing, email, streaming media, and light productivity work.
The HP Laptop 15-fd0047nr includes 1 USB-C port, 2 USB-A ports, 1 HDMI port, and an SD card reader. The laptop has a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad, and the touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.
H and P-Series: Performance
More people are working remotely than ever before. Whether you’re at home or on the go, busy professionals need a powerful, portable PC that’s as versatile as they are. For this, Intel has introduced the H and P series CPUs, which provide increased performance in laptop and tablet computers.
HP Spectre x360 16T-F2000 featuring the Intel Core i7-13700H or 1360P
The HP Spectre x360 16 is a premium 2-in-1 laptop with excellent performance, design, and features for demanding users. The laptop has a large 16-inch diagonal OLED display with a resolution of 3072 x 1920 pixels, which delivers stunning visuals with vibrant colors.
The laptop is powered by the Intel Core i7-13700H, which is equipped with 14 cores for up to 5.0 GHz boost clock speed. Alternatively, you can go for the Intel Core i7-1360P.
For graphics, the built-in Intel Iris Xe is adequate for light gaming, and you can upgrade to an Intel Arc A370M GPU, which provides excellent graphics performance for gaming, video editing, and other graphics-intensive tasks.
The HP Spectre x360 16 includes up to 32GB of RAM and a max of 1TB SSD storage. It includes a wide range of connectivity options, including 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB Type-A port, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a microSD card reader. The laptop also features a premium design with a precision-crafted aluminum chassis, a backlit keyboard, and a precision touchpad.
HX-Series: Maximum Performance
For top-of-the-line mobile performance, look no further than the HX series, which packs a ton of power for gaming and heavy processes like content creation.
HP OMEN Laptop 17T-CK200 featuring the Intel Core i7-13700HX
If you're looking for a high-end gaming laptop that can provide excellent performance and features, the HP OMEN 17T-CK200 gaming laptop is a great choice. The laptop has a large 17.3-inch diagonal display with a default resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, but it can be upgraded to 2560 x 1440 pixels for extra visual clarity.
The laptop is powered by the Intel Core i7-13700HX processor, which has 16 cores and can boost up to 5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology. The laptop also includes an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000-series graphics card with up to 12GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM, which provides excellent graphics performance for gaming and other graphics-intensive tasks.
With up to 2TB of SSD storage and plenty of ports (1 USB-C, 3 USB-A, and an HDMI 2.1) this laptop is perfect for gamers and power users of all types.
Considering Intel’s long history of innovation in the world of computer technology, it should come as no surprise that their brand-new 13th-generation Raptor Lake processors represent some of the best hardware on the market. If you’re looking for a new laptop or desktop computer, you should consider one of HP’s versatile options featuring Intel hybrid CPUs.
About the Author
Cameron Cashman is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Cameron is based in New England and has experience writing for a variety of industries, including technology, gaming, finance, HR, and recruiting.
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