Reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas on January 9th: Intel has officially unveiled a trio of new processor lines, complementing its previously released new Core Ultra and 14th generation Core K series, to form a complete new-generation product family.
The lineup includes the 14th-generation Core HX series for high-end gaming and creative laptops, the 14th-generation Core 65W/35W series for mainstream and entry-level desktops/all-in-ones/edge devices, and the Core U 1 series for ultra-low-power entry-level mobile devices.
Let’s look at the 14th-generation Core HX series.
This series is the upgraded version of the 13th-generation Core HX, continuing the original design, architecture, and features, but with improved overall specifications, reaching unprecedented maximum frequencies of up to 5.8GHz, claiming up to a 17% increase in gaming performance and up to 51% in multitasking creative performance.
This year, Intel’s platform will see widespread adoption of the 14th-generation Core HX series in high-end and mainstream gaming laptops, and creative laptops, complemented by the first-generation Core Ultra series for a balance of power and portability.
Here are the platform architecture and technical features of the 14th-generation Core HX series.
Following the previous generation’s Intel 7 manufacturing process and P+E hybrid architecture, the CPU retains up to 8P+16E for a total of 24 cores and 32 threads, with increased frequency support and overclocking capabilities, including additional E-cores and cache in the i7 series.
In terms of CPU connectivity, it provides 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes, 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and supports DDR5-5600 and DDR4-3200 memory, with the maximum capacity for DDR5 pushed up to 192GB.
The integrated GPU remains at up to 32 execution units, with support for DP 1.4, HDMI 2.1, and eDP 1.4a HBR3.
For the first time in a mobile platform, APO intelligent gaming acceleration technology is supported, which we will discuss later.
The chipset remains the same, supporting 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes, 10 USB 3.x ports, 14 USB 2.0 ports, and 8 SATA 6Gbps connections.
Regarding platform interconnects, the series introduces the new generation Thunderbolt 5 for the first time, doubling the bidirectional bandwidth to reach 80Gbps and up to 120Gbps in both directions. Of course, it also continues to support Thunderbolt 4 at 40Gbps, allowing the connection of multiple 4K displays and peripherals.
Standard support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 is included, with the option to add the standalone Killer 1750x network card, marking the first time Wi-Fi 7 (5 Gig) and Bluetooth 5.4 support is available on an Intel mobile platform, providing gigabit speeds in more scenarios.
Comparison of 14th/13th generation Core HX SKU models and specifications.
The number of models has been significantly reduced from 9 to 5, with only one configuration per core type, making it easier to identify and distinguish between them. While boosting frequencies and adding cores (for some), the base power consumption remains at 55W, with turbo power consumption still at 157W.
The flagship model is the i9-14900HX, with 8+16 cores, 36MB L3 cache, and 32 execution unit integrated graphics unchanged, with P-core and E-core turbo frequencies reaching 5.8GHz and 4.1GHz respectively.
Compared to the previous flagship, the i9-13980HX, there’s an increase of 200MHz and 100MHz (with the same base), and if compared to the i9-13900HX, there’s an increase of 100MHz base and 400MHz turbo for the P-cores.
The i7-14700HX is effectively the successor to the previous i7-13850HX with 8+12 cores, a 33MB L3 cache, P-core frequencies of 3.9-5.5GHz, and E-core frequencies of 1.5-2.1GHz.
Compared to the i7-13700HX, it adds 4 more E-cores and 3MB L3 cache, and the P-core frequency boosts by 200/500MHz, with the desktop i7-14700K/KF also featuring the most significant changes in the series.
The i7-14650HX more closely resembles the previous generation’s i7-14700HX, with 8+8 cores and even higher maximum frequencies for the P and E-cores, reaching 5.2GHz and 2.2GHz respectively.
The i5-14500HX, based on the previous generation i5-13500HX, maintains 6+8 cores, with the P-core turbo frequency increased by 200MHz and the E-core base and turbo frequencies both increased by 100MHz.
The entry-level i5-14450HX remains at 6+4 cores, with an increase of 100/200MHz in the P-core base and turbo frequencies, while the E-core remains unchanged.
APO (Application Optimizer) technology, introduced in the 14th generation Core K series, was initially supported only by the i9-14900K/KF and i7-14700K/KF. Now it makes its debut on the mobile platform, albeit only supporting the i9-14900HX and i7-14700HX, not even the i7-14650HX.
APO technology operates within the Intel DTT (Dynamic Tuning Technology) framework, making real-time decisions and allocating resources based on system power supply, cooling, temperature, and power consumption, combined with AI technology, to maximize the processor’s performance potential.
Initially, this technology only supported two games, “Rainbow Six: Siege” and “Metro Exodus,” with official claims of performance improvements of up to 6% and 18% respectively (although actual performance may be higher).
Now, six more titles have been added to the list: “F1 2022,” “The Quality Differentiator,” “World War Z,” “Dirt 5,” “World of Warcraft,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” with the latter boasting up to a 4% performance increase.
The above are official comparisons of the i9-14900HX’s gaming and creative performance, provided for reference only. Specific performance will depend on the offerings from various notebook manufacturers.
The Core HX series has already secured designs for over 60 laptop models and is gradually being released, covering all major notebook brands including Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, and Razer.