Intel Core i7-12700H an ‘upper midrange’ 14-cores for laptops
Intel will be reshuffling its entire stack of mobile CPUs soon.
So far only two Alder Lake-P (performance mobile) laptop CPUs have been leaked. The Core i9-12900HK appears to be the flagship for now, with no 12980HK or anything alike in sight. Intel’s most popular 10th Gen ‘Comet Lake-H’ CPU was undeniably Core i7-10750H, a 6-core CPU that was offered with many gaming laptops. It was then succeeded by the Tiger Lake-H Core i7-11800H processor that increased both the core count to 8-cores and single-threaded performance. This segment might soon be upgraded to 14-cores though, thanks to the upcoming Core i7-12700H part as per leaked Geekbench benchmarks.
Interestingly, the i7-12700H would offer the same configuration as the rumored Core i9-12900HK, which is 6 Performance (big) cores and 8 Efficient (small) cores. This gives a total of 14 cores and 20 threads because Efficient cores do not support hyper-threading. There have been two leaks featuring the CPU compute performance, both listing different clock speeds. The CPU might have a base clock between 2.45 GHz and 2.69 GHz. The boost clock might be either 4.174 or 4588 MHz depending on which result we are looking at. In the best-case scenario, the boost clock would be 400 MHz lower than i9-12900HK.
The CPU has already appeared with the HP Omen 17-CK1XXX laptop in the previous leak. It has now been spotted in Gigabyte AERO 5 XE laptop (where E stands for 12th Gen Core series). The latest leak features a 2x 16GB DDR4-2660 memory, which might be the reason for the relatively low single-thread performance of the processor.
Intel Core i7-12700H Specifications, Source: Geekbench
The CPU scored 1340 points in the single-core test and 11138 points in the multi-core. Both are actually higher than in the previous leak, but the gap between i9-12900HK and i7-12700H is still significant.
Intel Core i7-12700H Geekbench 5 Score, Source: Geekbench
The single-core performance is actually lower than the average score of i7-11800H, although the multi-core has been increased by nearly 40%. It is worth noting that in just two generations Intel will be increasing multi-core performance by 105% if we compare i7-12700H to i7-10750H.
Intel is now expected to launch its Alder Lake-P series at CES 2022. There should be a lot more parts coming, some to be offered alongside NVIDIA RTX 30 Ampere refresh and some with Intel’s own Arc Alchemist GPUs.
|Intel Alder Lake-P Mobile CPUs|
|VideoCardz||Architecture||Core/Threads||P-Core Base/Boost||TDP||Geekbench 5 ST||Geekbench 5 MT|
|Core i9-12900HK||Alder Lake-P (Intel 7)|
|2.9 / 5.0 GHz||45W+|
|Core i7-12700H||Alder Lake-P (Intel 7)|
|2.5-2.7 / 4.2-4.6 GHz||45W|
|Core i7-11800H||Tiger Lake-H (Intel 10nm SF)|
|2.3 / 4.6 GHz||45W|
|Ryzen 7 5800H||Cezanne (TSMC N7)|
|3.2 / 4.4 GHz||45W|
|Core i7-10750H||Comet Lake-H (Intel 14nm)|
|2.6 / 5.0 GHz||45W|