Intel’s Raptor Lake processors for laptops have been spotted in some leaked benchmarks, giving us a potential idea of their performance – and at first glance it looks seriously disappointing, but there’s more to it than meets the eye, as we’ll discuss shortly.
First, let’s look at the benchmarks themselves, which are of mobile CPUs running on a Samsung laptop. Namely, the robust Core i9-13900HK and Core i7-13700H both appeared in Geekbench 5, as Benchleaks highlighted in a couple (opens in new tab) of tweets (opens in new tab) (through Wccftech (opens in new tab)). Treat all of this very cautiously, as with any spilled benchmark.
[GB5 CPU] Unknown CPUCPU: Intel CoreT i9-13900HK (14C 20T)Min/Max/Avg: 4730/5372/5273 MHz Codename: Raptor LakeCPUID: B06A2 (GenuineIntel)Scores, vs AMD 5800XSingle: 1817, +5.2%Multi: 11799, + 9.8% https://t.co/8C8aHv1Y7nSeptember 27, 2022
The pre-release sample 13900HK, which has 14 cores and 20 threads (ie 6 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores), recorded a result of 1,817 for single-thread and 11,799 for multi-thread.
The Core i9-13900HK hit almost 5.4GHz for maximum boost during benchmarking, with an average of just a tap below 5.3GHz.
As for the Core i7-13700H, this portable CPU has the same core configuration as the Core i9 above and achieved a score of 1768 for single-thread performance and 10796 for multi-thread.
This 13700H managed a top speed of almost 5 GHz during benchmarking and averaged 4.9 GHz.
Analysis: Big boost, but choppy performance? And the mystery of the ‘T’
Seeing a 5.4GHz boost – still at a relatively early stage – for the Core i9-13900HK is pretty impressive, as if you remember, the 12900HK boosts to 5GHz so it’s a hefty step up. That said, Geekbench’s results are disappointing as these laptop processors are slower than Alder Lake’s. However, this is still an early sample CPU and there is clearly still work to be done – we can expect much faster results as the Raptor Lake mobile approaches launch.
Also, there’s a notable oddity here, as the most observant will have noticed, which is that the Intel processors in these leaked benchmarks are labeled ‘CoreT’ rather than just Core. So this is a new mobile chip brand? After all, Intel just announced the upcoming rebrand of its Celeron and Pentium parts for laptops, as you may remember, with those names being retired – so this has led some to speculate about what’s going on here.
Well, we highly doubt that any change is happening here. CoreT is a clunky name, and furthermore, Intel clarified in the whole Celeron renaming thing that the Core (and vPro) family would remain exactly as it is unchanged. Also, Intel already has a T-series which are low power (slower clocked) chips, so this would apparently be confusing on all counts (the ‘T’ on these CPUs comes at the end of the processor name, not after the Core, too).
As Wccftech points out, what’s probably happening here is that this was supposed to say ‘TM’ – as a trademark – on Geekbench, and the ‘M’ was lost. Either it’s some sort of error, anyway, or in fact it could point to the benchmarks being false (always a possibility).
Also, there’s a little more confusion here: the stipulated cache sizes are the same as for Alder Lake rather than Raptor Lake, which beefs things up a bit on that front. This might point to the Raptor Lake mobile being a straightforward and simple upgrade from Alder Lake, which again would be disappointing – but we think it’s too early to draw conclusions like that.
Or, as Wccftech theorizes, there could be parts of CoreT like a simple upgrade and real Raptor Lake mobile CPUs on top of that (with the larger cache sizes). But we’re not buying this for all the reasons we’ve just looked at, and that would massively complicate things for consumers, of course.
We should see more leaks in the near future on the laptop processor front for Raptor Lake, and this will no doubt help clear up some of the more incomplete points these benchmarks have raised. We’re sure, however, that CoreT is a red herring, and we’re definitely sure that these mobile CPUs will be much faster than that when launch arrives. They have to be, very simply.