The Intel Core i9-13980HX and i9-13900HX have recently taken the top spot in terms of single-thread CPU performance on the PassMark benchmark, knocking the previously reigning Apple M2 chips off their throne. With a score of 4,495 and 4,389 respectively, the Raptor Lake-HX processors have shown that they pack a punch in terms of raw speed and power.
Single-thread performance: Intel regains dominance
Intel had long enjoyed supremacy in single-thread performance until the recent advancements from AMD and the rise of Apple's ARM-based SoCs. However, the i9-13980HX and i9-13900HX processors prove that Intel has not forgotten about single-thread performance and has returned to claim the top spot.
Competition from AMD
The current closest competitor from AMD is the Zen 4-based Ryzen 9 7845HX, which holds seventh place with a score of 4,003. The yet-to-be-released AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX is expected to shake things up, with its 16 cores and 32 threads of processing power, but it remains to be seen if it can challenge the Raptor Lake-HX processors in single-thread performance.
Power consumption: A trade-off
While the Raptor Lake-HX processors dominate in single-thread performance, they come at a high power cost, with a TDP of 157 W. On the other hand, the Apple M2 chips are limited to a TDP of 25 W, and the AMD Dragon Range has a TDP of 75 W.
Mobile processors with impressive results
Despite the power consumption, it is worth noting that the Raptor Lake-HX processors are mostly considered to be mobile processors, making these results all the more impressive.
Intel vs. AMD: A complicated comparison
In recent years, comparisons between Intel and AMD processors have become more complex. However, the general belief that "Intel is better at single-core benchmark workloads; AMD is better at multi-core benchmark workloads" still holds some truth.
The Intel Core i9-13980HX and i9-13900HX processors have shown impressive single-thread performance, taking the top spot on the PassMark benchmark and knocking the previously reigning Apple M2 chips off their throne. While the Raptor Lake-HX processors come at a high power cost, their results are still impressive considering they are mostly considered to be mobile processors. The AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX is expected to bring some competition, but it remains to be seen if it can challenge the Raptor Lake-HX processors in single-thread performance.