Intel has announced the release of seven new mobile processors. Two Core i5, three Core i7, and two Core i9 models are available in the “HX” range.
The Intel Core i9-12950HX processor has 16 cores and consumes 55 watts of power
Four of the seven chips here have 16 cores and 24 threads (with eight performance cores and eight efficiency cores). The flagship chip, the Core i9-12950HX, is the real beast. It runs at a base power of 55W, with a maximum turbo power of up to 157W. The performance and efficiency cores have maximum turbo frequencies of 5.0 GHz and 3.6 GHz, respectively, with base frequencies of 2.3 GHz and 1.7GHz, respectively.
So far, Intel’s 12th Generation mobile CPUs haven’t disappointed. We’ve seen considerable performance improvements over the previous generation, however the business continues to fall behind Apple and AMD in terms of battery life. We don’t expect the new HX CPUs to deviate from this pattern; these are all about power.
Intel is claiming (unsurprisingly) massive performance gains over previous generations. Its internal testing of the Core i9-12900HX (which looks just like the 12950HX on paper but isn’t vPro eligible) shows a 17 percent increase in single-thread performance over last year’s Core i9-11980HK and 64 percent in multi-thread tasks, as well as a wild 81 percent increase in 3D rendering performance.
Now, we do (of course) have leaked benchmarks from these chips, and while they won’t mirror exactly what Intel tested, the results we have don’t look too far off base. We’re looking at some serious mobile power.
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