High-end processors: Intel’s Core i9-12900HK head to head with Apple’s M1 Max

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Intel’s upcoming processor top model Core i9-12900HK for notebooks has appeared in the Geekbench database. The model belongs to the Alder Lake-H CPU family with 10 nanometer structures and is supposed to combine six performance cores with eight efficiency cores.

Consequently the Geekbench reads 20 threads from the Core i9-12900HK – only the performance cores can handle Hyper-Threading. The level 3 cache is 24 Mbytes. A Lenovo notebook with 32 GB DDR5-4800 RAM (CL40 timings) was tested. For comparison: The predecessor Core i9-11900HK from the 10 nm processor family Tiger Lake-H uses eight performance cores (no efficiency cores) with DDR4-3200 RAM and also 24 MByte level 3 cache.

The Lenovo notebook with a Core i9-12900HK achieved 1878 points in the single-threading run of Geekbench 5.4.3, and 12,058 points in the multi-threading test. The clock frequency of the fastest performance core was between 4.7 and 4.9 GHz for most of the time, but dropped several times to 4.15 GHz.

AMD’s top model Ryzen 9 5900HX with eight CPU cores achieves almost 1600 points in the single-threading test and up to 9500 points in multi-threading runs in the fastest notebooks.

In the MacBook world, Intel has to compete with the Apple Silicon M1 Max, which combines eight performance with two efficiency ARM cores. A 14-inch MacBook Pro manages around 1750 (single threading) or 12,600 points (multithreading) at a stable clock frequency of 3.2 GHz. When a single CPU core is loaded, the M1 Max lacks the high clock frequency to overtake Intel in the single-threading test.

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Traditionally, AMD and Intel use the consumer electronics fair CES, which takes place annually in early January, to announce new notebook processors. Corresponding notebooks usually follow in the months after that.


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