Intel i7-12650H 10-core “Alder Lake-P” CPU to feature fewer cores than i5-12500H (12-core)

Published: 7th Dec 2021, 09:35 GMT   Comments

Core i7-12650H with fewer cores than i5-12500, but at least they are bigger

Intel 12th Gen Core “Alder Lake-P” lineup is slowly becoming confusing. 

The hybrid architecture mixing Golden Cove (Performance/Big) cores with Gracemont (Atom/Small) is supposed to increase the power efficiency of next-gen laptops. While this technology has been widely used in ultra-thin and mobile devices, it has never been tested in 45W x86 based laptops. With that in mind, a choice between 10 core and 12 core CPU based on Alder Lake-P architecture might not be as simple as it sounds.

A new part called Core i7-12650H has just made an appearance on the Geekbench website, where the CPU or more precisely its integrated graphics were tested in the OpenCL test. More importantly, though, the specifications of this new CPU have been finally listed, which means we can add it to our list of Alder Lake-P CPUs.

Intel Core i7-12650H Specs, Source: Geekbench

And here is where things start to get confusing. The i7-12650H (10-core) actually offers fewer total cores than the i5-12500H (12-core). However, the devil is in the details, 12600H actually has more Performance cores but fewer Efficient cores. Technically speaking, it should perform better in heavy tasks and this might be the sole reason why this part was included in the Core i7 lineup instead of i5.

Intel Alder Lake-P Mobile CPUs
VideoCardzCore↓/ThreadsPerformance CoresEfficient CoresP-Core Base/BoostTDP
Core i9-12900HK
2.9 / 5.0 GHz45W+
Core i7-12800H
2.8 / TBC GHz45W
Core i7-12700H
2.7 / 4.6 GHz?45W
Core i7-12650H
Core i5-12500H

The integrated Xe-LP graphics with 64 Execution Units perform at GeForce GTX 760 to Radeon RX 550 level, so an entry-level segment for sure. That said, this CPU is more than likely to be offered with discrete GPU option.

Intel Core i7-12650H iGPU Performance, Source: Geekbench

Source: Geekbench via @BenchLeaks

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