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Intel announces 12th Gen chips at CES; claims fastest mobile chipset title

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Intel has announced its 12th gen family of mobile processors led by the flagship i9-12900HK at CES 2022. With a lot of catching up to do with Ryzen and Apple, Intel is claiming its flagship processor to be the “fastest mobile processor ever”.

The CPU maker also announced 65 and 35-watt 12th gen desktop processors with scalable power and performance while disclosing the 12th gen Core U and P series of mobile processors, which power upcoming thin and light laptops.

Last but not least, the company also announced updates to the Evo platform to incorporate new specification technologies and key experience indicators in addition to the new vPro platform offerings for expanded commercial support.

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Finally reclaiming the top spot?

Intel’s 12th gen Alder Lake desktop chips announced last fall was a big success for the company, finally allowing their offerings to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 9 series, especially the flagship 5950X across productivity and gaming.

With their new mobile chips featuring their new hybrid architecture with ARM like performance and efficiency, they’ve come up with their most powerful 45W H series of chips. 

Intel claims that its flagship i9-12900HK with its 5.0GHz boosted clock speed and new design can finally outclass AMD’s Ryzen 5900HX and Apple’s M1 Max for gaming and productivity tasks. 

Similar to the desktop Alder Lake chips announced earlier, these chips split their cores between performance and efficiency. Keeping this in mind, Intel has announced 14-core i9 and i7 models with six performance and eight efficiency cores (and 20 threads).

Intel announces 12th Gen chips at CES; claims fastest mobile chipset title
The new lineup of processors from Intel | Source: Intel

Other models, especially less powerful i7 and i5’s, drop these numbers down to eight total cores split equally between performance and efficiency on the base i5 model. 

More specifically, Intel claims that their flagship chip offers up to 28% faster gaming over the i9-11980HK as well as a 44% boost in PugetBench for Premiere Pro — a task in which Intel claims they can beat Apple’s M1 Max and significant improvements in Autodesk benchmarks.

However, it’s important to note that these gains are only in performance, and the company hasn’t made any big claims in battery life. Also, considering Intel ran these tests on December 10, before Premiere Pro added additional M1 Mac optimisations, these numbers are likely to shift. 

Besides, since Intel itself runs these benchmarks, we’ll have to wait until later this year for laptops featuring these processors to arrive to see how these new chips stand up to the competition. 

New processors to offer more than just performance

In addition to their bold performance claims, Intel’s new processors also with several other improvements. Most notably, these chips now support WiFi 6E, Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 4.0 and support for the latest memory standards, with DDR5 memory going up to 4800MHz and LPDDR5 up to 5200MHz. Additionally, these chips also support Intel’s Volume Management Device and memory overclocking. 

Intel announces 12th Gen chips at CES; claims fastest mobile chipset title
The new processors come with significant improvements | Source: Intel

However, integrated support for the latest HDMI standards and PCIe 5.0 lanes is missing. Intel’s current mobile chips only offer HDMI 2.0b, and PCIe 5.0 lanes are only offered on the desktop Alder Lake series.

Although Intel’s announcement is only focussed on their most powerful 45W H-series of processors, they do have plans for 15W and 9W U-series along with the 28W P-series utilising the P-core and E-core designs also coming soon.

Intel is only saying that these chips will arrive in the first quarter of 2022 with devices running on Windows and Chrome OS both and will be powering devices like foldables, 2-in-1s and detachable, among other form factors. 

Laptops featuring these H-series chips will be announced at CES 2022 itself geared up for an early 2022 release. We can expect the P and U series to debut on other computers later this year.

Here’s the spec sheet for Intel’s H-series of mobile processors

ThreadsMax FrequencyBase PowerL3 Cache
i9-12900H6+8=14 20 5.0GHz45W 24MB
i7-12800H6+8=14 20 4.8GHz45W 24MB
i7-12700H6+8=14 20 4.7GHz45W 24MB
i7-12650H6+4=10164.7GHz45W 24MB
i5-12600H4+8=1216 4.5GHz45W 18MB
i5-12500H4+8=12 16 4.5GHz45W 18MB
i5-12450H4+4=12124.4GHz45W 12MB

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22 desktop processors for the masses

Apart from its majorly talked about mobile processor lineup, Intel also announced 22 12th gen desktop processors in the Alder Lake series, starting from the $489 Core i9-12900 to the $42 Celeron G6900.

Intel had previously announced Alder Lake desktop processors last fall, but these were limited to just six processors that were focussed on high-powered gaming setups. Intel hopes to cover a much wider range of computers with the new announcement.

Intel announces 12th Gen chips at CES; claims fastest mobile chipset title
Intel announced 22 new desktop Alder Lake CPUs | Source: Intel

The new wave of chips runs on lower power, largely 65W and doesn’t come with overclocking abilities. It also includes the F series variants that don’t come with integrated graphics and low-power 35W T series versions for most high-end chips.

However, similar to the previously announced chips, the newer ones also use Intel’s hybrid architecture along with support for things like DDR5 memory at 4800MHz as well as DDR4 at 3200MHz. They also include 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes (missing from the mobile lineup) and 4 PCIe 4.0 lanes.

Here are the specs for the new lineup

Core i9 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs (Desktop)

ThreadsMax FrequencyBase WattagePrice
i9-129008+8=16 245.1GHz65$489
i9-12900F8+8=16 245.1GHz65$464
i9-12900T8+8=16 244.9GHz35$489

Core i7 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs (Desktop)

ThreadsMax FrequencyBase WattagePrice
i7-127008+4=12 204.9GHz 65$339
i7-127008+4=12 204.9GHz 65$314
i7-12700T8+4=12 204.7GHz35$339

Core i5 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs (Desktop)

ThreadsMax FrequencyBase WattagePrice
i5-126006+0=6 124.8GHz 65$223
i5-12600T6+0=6 124.6GHz 35$223
i5-125006+0=6 124.6GHz65$202
i5-12500T6+0=6 124.4GHz 35$202
i5-124006+0=6 124.4GHz 65$192
i5-12400F6+0=6 124.4GHz 65$167
i5-12400T6+0=6 124.2GHz 35$192

Core i3 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs (Desktop)

ThreadsMax FrequencyBase WattagePrice
i3-123004+0=484.4GHz 60$143
i3-12300T4+0=4 84.2GHz 35$143
i3-121004+0=4 84.3GHz60$122
i3-12100F4+0=4 84.3GHz 58$97
i3-12100T4+0=4 84.1GHz 35$122

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected].