Intel Core i9-12950HX, i7-12850HX, i5-12600HX Desktop Dies for Laptops Spotted: Over 50% Faster than the Ryzen 9 6900HX

Intel’s Alder Lake-HX processors have surfaced over at the Geekbench database. Based on the Alder Lake-S die, these chips literally bring desktop levels of performance to high-end gaming and enthusiast laptops. The Core i9-12950HX will be Intel’s new mobile flagship with 16 cores and 24 threads, the same as the Core i9-12900K. It’ll be a notable step up from the Core i9-12900HK which, in comparison, features eight efficiency cores and six performance cores (14 overall).

Interestingly, Intel has decided to offer two 16 core options here with the Core i7-12850HX being the second SKU based on the full-fledged Alder Lake-S die (albeit with reduced L3 cache). In comparison, the Core i7-12700K features “just” 12 cores and 20 threads. The Core i9-12950HX has a boost clock of 4.9GHz (all-core) along with 30MB of L3 cache while the Core i7-12850HX has an all-core boost of 4.7GHz paired with 25MB of L3 cache.

The midrange Core i5-12600HX is in turn a downclocked version of the Core i7-12700K. It combines 12 cores (8P + 4E) with 18MB of L3 cache. The performance cores have an all-core boost of 4.6GHz, 100MHz higher than the 12600H’s 4.5GHz.

Here’s a rough comparison of the Alder Lake-HX and AMD’s Ryzen 6000 processors in Geekbench:

Keep in mind that Geekbench is affected quite substantially by the memory bandwidth which may skew the scores a bit

Source: Leakbenchs


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