Intel promises stellar performance with their 12th Generation H-Series processors - CES 2022
Stronger cores, more cores, and better platform features
Published: 4th January 2022 | Source: Intel - CES |
Intel's 12th Generation H-Series Laptop CPUs Promise up to 40% faster performance
At CES 2022, Intel has today revealed their 12th Generation of H-series mobile processors, high performance CPUs for gaming, mobile workstations, and content creations. These processors bring Intel's hybrid x86 architecture to the mobile market, an area of the PC market where it will arguable shine brightest.
While Alder Lake has already impressed desktop users, its H-series of high-performance mobile variants are due to shine brighter due to Alder Lake's efficiency-focused features. When TDPs are constrained, efficiency matters, and Intel's Alder Lake 12th Generation H-series processors promise users up to 40% faster performance than their 11th generation counterparts.
With more cores, stronger P-cores, and support for W-iFi 6E, Thunderbolt 4, PCIe Gen4 and DDR5 memory, Intel's 12th Generation mobile processors promise to pack a punch.
Today, Intel's revealing their new H-series of Alder Lake mobile processors, though the company has also highlighted their new P-Series and U-series variants, which will support lower power targets for thin/light and long better life devices.
With their H-series, Intel's targeting content creators, gamers, and workstations users, delivering the highest sustained performance levels of their mobile lineup and support for clock speeds that can boost as high as 5.0 GHz.
With support for up to 14 cores, with six P-=cores and eight E-Cores, Intel's new 12th Generation H-series processors deliver more cores/threads than their 11th Generation Tiger Lake predecessors. This is hugely beneficial for multi-threaded workloads, and highlight Alder Lake's heightened efficiency at lower TDPs.
Intel's H-series processors support DDR5, DDR4, LPDDR5 and LPDDR4X memory, which means that Alder Lake H-series users will need to check with their notebook manufacturer to see which memory type is used in their notebooks. DDR5 should deliver the highest bandwidth/performance levels, though DDR4 systems should be more affordable and easier to upgrade (if your system supports user replaceable memory modules).
Below are the eight CPUs that make up Intel's 12th Generation Core H-Series lineup, all of which offer users eight (or more) cores and varying numbers of E-cores and P-cores.
On the high-end, we have 14 core models, with both the i7 and i9 lineups offering users access to six P-cores and up to eight E-cores. For the i5 series, four P-cores are offered alongside up to eight E-cores.
With their internal benchmarks, Intel promises users the "fastest mobile processor ever". While Intel produced benchmarking data should be taken with a grain result, as should the benchmarks or all manufacturers, it is hard to argue that what Intel's showing here is impressive.
That said, this slide showcases how impressive Apple's M1 Max CPU is when compared to mobile Ryzen and Intel 11th generation processor, showcasing why Intel needed a major performance leap with Alder Lake. Beyond that, AMD's likely to reveal new processors today, which will likely offer higher efficiency levels than the CPU shown below.
With their 12th Generation H-series processors, Intel's promising gamers leadership mobile gaming performance, offering higher levels of gaming performance than AMD's Ryzen 5000 mobile series and their 11th generation core mobile processors across a variety of games. Intel's promising up to a 28% performance advantage over their 11th generation processors, which were already consider (by Intel) faster than AMD's Ryzen 5000 mobile series.
Note that these game benchmarks were selected by Intel, which means that many of these results are likely to be cherry picked to showcase the largest gains that Alder Lake offers. Even so, these gains are impressive.
In content creation workloads, Intel's promising users a tremendous performance leap, especially in Premiere Pro. While it is worth noting that Intel's 12th Generation CPUs are using DDR5 memory in this test (with other memory types likely delivering lower performance gains in some apps), it is hard to argue with a 44% performance leap in some workloads.
Again, these benchmarks showcase why Intel needed Alder Lake mobile, as Apple's M1 Max Premiere Pro results are incredible. Intel needed Alder Lake to catch up to Apple in certain workloads.
With Thunderbolt 4, support for Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E networking, and Intel-only features like Intel Deep Link, Intel's promising a strong generational leap in performance with their latest Alder Lake H-series mobile processors.
Intel has stated that this is the fastest H-series product ramp to date, with over 100 designs being confirmed. This will include designs from Acer, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MIS, Razer and ASUS/ROG. We can expect to see many of these products as CES 2022 progresses.
Intel's Alder Lake CPUs shine brightest within the mobile market, where lower power targets allow Intel's latest architecture to sit within the optimal locations of the voltage/frequency curve. Here, Intel's hybrid design delvers strong performance per watt, and that enables boosted performance across a wide variety of workloads.
Alder Lake's mobile gaming performance is especially impressive, though it remains to be seen how factors like DDR5 memory will impact Alder Lake's mobile performance, and how these new processors will compare with new mobile AMD offerings.