After a significant return to the front of the desktop processor, Intel has launched a new salvo at CES 2022 with the release of its 12th generation of Core processors for mobile devices.
The new CPUs have up to 14 cores (6 “Performance” + 8 “Efficiency”), and if you haven’t already done so, I recommend you read our review of the Intel Gen 12 “Alder Lake” architecture and the desktop CPU review to have a good an idea of what to expect. The overview also describes many features of the platform (bus, WIFI, etc.) from which mobile also benefit.
In that review, I doubted that the upcoming Intel Gen 12 laptop processors would reveal the true potential of the Alder Lake architecture because the top performance of desktop computers does not show an increase in efficiency under their best light. Today, Intel shared the numbers that indicate that these new mobile CPUs work very well, and I look forward to testing them on upcoming laptops.
There are three different categories within 12th generation of mobile processors, categorized according to thermal envelope (TDP): 45W H-Series, 28W P-series, i 15W / 9W U-series. They serve different categories of laptops: Enthusiasts, Performance thin and light and modern thin and light. The higher the TDP, the higher the performance.
Each category has a different combination of cores, voltages and frequencies to achieve the desired performance goal. Intel shows that its architecture can be extended to all categories of computers, which is exactly what the market needs.
CES 2022 marks the launch 45W processors, which is also called Intel Gen 12 Core H-Series, and there are eight models in the Core i9, i7 and i5 variations. Note that OEMs can reduce the TDP to 35W or increase it to 65W depending on the cooling system.
In terms of performance, the i9-12900HK is the most impressive with its 14 cores, 20 threads and a maximum frequency of 5 GHz. That model is what you’ll find in Intel’s best gaming and workstation laptops from now on. Intel expects 100 Core-H-designed laptops to hit the market.
According to Intel, this is the “fastest mobile processor ever”, and its top performance is expected to be lower than the Apple M1 Max and AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX.
Intel claims that the new Core i9-12900HK is 28% faster than the previous Core i9-11980HK CPU and that some games could see ”up to 43% higher performance”Between new and old processors. Reviewers should be able to draw similar conclusions on their own when the first laptops arrive, in February, according to Intel.
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