New 12th-Gen Intel Core H-Series For Gaming Laptops
Intel launched its 12th-generation Core H-series mobile processors for gaming and content creation laptops, marking the second lineup of chips to use the company’s Alder Lake hybrid architecture.
The chipmaker is calling the new H-series “the fastest mobile processor ever” and said the flagship Core i9-12900HK outperforms AMD’s flagship H-series CPU from last year and Apple’s new M1 Max that powers the latest MacBook Pro models.
Intel said the 12th generation represents its fastest ramp yet for H-series processors, with more than 100 laptop designs expected this year from Acer, Dell, Gigabyte, HP Inc., Lenovo, MSI and more. Systems will be available starting in February.
The CPU lineup consists of eight models, and they feature up to 14 cores, split between a maximum of 6 Performance cores and 8 Efficient cores, and a maximum turbo frequency of 5GHz. The lowest model on the stack, the Core i5-12450H, comes with a total of eight cores, split between 4 Performance cores and 4 Efficient cores, and a turbo frequency of 4.4GHz.
The H-series processors support four memory types — DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, LPDDR5-5200 and LPDDR4x-4267 — and they also feature support for Intel Wi-Fi 6E, Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 4.0 on the die.
Intel said the flagship Core i9-12900HK provides up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous-generation Core i9-11980HK. It also said the processor outperforms AMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 5900HX across multiple measures, including games and content creation applications. Intel measured the chip against Apple’s M1 Max and M1 Pro chips too and found instances where Intel’s is better or on par.