In connection with the launch of Intel's latest 14th generation processors comes a wave of new laptops. Intel has already released Core Ultra processors, but as this leak tells us, a different architecture within the 14th generation Intel CPU lineup is planned. There have previously been details of an i9-14900HX in a leak on Dell Alienware's Alienware laptops. This time we see Lenovo's Legion 5 Pro being leaked with Intel Core i9 & i7 (14th generation) processors.
The product listings for this laptop have gone up on Malaysia-based online store Shopee.com.my. At the time of writing, these links to the unannounced i9-14900HX-based Lenovo Legion 5 Pro gaming laptops are still up. This online list was originally spotted by X (formerly Twitter) user @momomo_us.
The upcoming Lenovo Legion 5 Pro gaming laptop was spotted with both Intel 14th generation Core i9-14900HX & Core i7-14650HX processors. On the online retailer's website, the i7 laptop is even configurable with different RAM sizes up to 32GB DDR5. Here is the i9 14th generation laptop and the i7 14th generation laptop . Note that these could be taken down later.
Based on this perhaps a bit too quick listing, the launch of Lenovo's Legion 5 Pro gaming laptop is expected very soon. Along with the launch of various other laptops at CES 2024, this could be revealed with Intel 14th generation Raptor Lake Refresh processors. CES is in the first week of January in Las Vegas.
A review of the i9-14900K (desktop CPU) found generation-to-generation improvements minimal at best. Talking about the laptop, it will come with RTX 40 series laptop GPUs like RTX 4060, RTX 4070 and possibly others. The Legion 5 Pro laptop will have a 16-inch screen with 500 nits brightness and 2560×1600 resolution. It is an IPS panel with a refresh rate of 165Hz and G-Sync support. Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5.1 is also mentioned in the product list. The weight is mentioned as 2.55 kg, so this upcoming Legion laptop from Lenovo is expected to have an impressive cooling system.
The i9-14900HX processor is listed as having 8 P-cores (performance cores) with 16 E-cores (efficiency cores), making it a 24-core & 16-thread CPU. The maximum P-core clock speed is 5.50GHz for this processor and for E-cores it is 3.70GHz. It will also have 36MB of Intel Smart Cache.
Talking about the i7-14650HX, it has a 16-core & 14-thread configuration consisting of 8 P-cores and 8 E-cores. The clock speed of the Core i7 model is mentioned to be 5.0GHz & 3.70GHz, respectively for performance & efficiency cores. The laptop price was also spotted here in this online listing by Shopee. The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (i7-14650HX, 16GB DDR5, RTX 4060) was listed at RM 7,299, which converts to around DKK 10,600. For the high-performance i9-14900HX model paired with the RTX 4070, the price is RM 8,499, which is ~2.000$.
Overall performance will be prioritized on these particular CPUs, compared to efficiency. For better battery life on gaming laptops, new Core Ultra processors are likely to be much better compared to options like this Lenovo Legion 5 Pro with Intel 14th Gen Raptor Lake HX CPUs. These Core Ultra laptops will also have better portability. Intel's latest new core type, known as Low Power Island (LP E-core), is not coming to this 14th generation i9-14900HX, but it is coming to 14th generation Core Ultra processors.
New laptops with 14th generation Raptor Lake CPUs are also not expected to have massive improvements. This Raptor Lake based 14th Gen CPUs (i9-14900HX & i7-14650HX) will offer higher core count & higher power limits compared to Meteor-Lake based Core Ultra 5 & 7 processors. So far, the Core Ultra 9 185H was mentioned by Intel to have an unlocked power limit (configurable by the manufacturer) of up to 115W. While we don't know the exact power limit for this particular gaming laptop, an i9-13950HX CPU has previously been seen in an MSI Titan GT77 HX up to 157W.