Intel is launching a new line of processors in its 12th generation Alder Lake. The new Intel HX processors should allow the brand to become unmatched in performance in a laptop PC.
The Intel Vision 2022 conference was an opportunity for the brand to deploy its range of 12th generation Intel Core processors a little more. After the U and P series for ultraportables, and the H series for more powerful PCs, here comes the HX series to break new performance records.
A mobile processor inherited from the fixed PC
With these new processors, Intel wants to meet the most demanding mobility needs. We are talking here about equipping real workstations, and measuring ourselves against what Apple can offer with its best MacBook Pro M1 Max. We are talking here about mobile professionals, scientists or engineers who are looking for a lot of computing power to process a lot of data.
The design of these new chips differs from what Intel offered in laptops until then. In reality, Intel was inspired by fixed PC processors and then adapted them to the capacities of a laptop PC chassis. The Intel HX line offers up to 8 performance-focused P-Cores and 8 power-saving E-Cores, making it the first chip to feature 16 cores in a laptop.
Another important new feature for professionals is support for ECC RAM, ie with code correction to limit errors due to memory. This technology from servers has been used for several years on personal PCs. This is particularly important for calculations of a scientific or financial nature, where there should be no room for a margin of error.
In addition, there is also support for 5th generation PCI Express and DDR5-4800 RAM, two important new features of the 12th generation Intel.
What definitely eclipse the Apple M1 Max?
Who says presentation of processor, also says graphics of benchmarks promising mount and marvel. Here, Intel compares itself to AMD’s Ryzen 9-6900 HX, Apple M1 Max, and Intel Core i9-11980HK which represents the brand’s most punchy 11th-gen. Faced with the latter, Intel promises an improvement of up to +64% in multi-core performance, and +17% in single-core.
The Spec benchmark is rather regarded as a market standard in the professional environment to evaluate the general performance of a machine. This benchmark is intended as an evaluation of the machine in real condition. According to Intel, this benchmark shows the lead taken over Apple and its M1 Max chip, despite the promises of the apple.
Be careful, however, where the MacBook Pro M1 Max particularly amazed us, it was on the level of performance that it was able to maintain, even when unplugged. It will be necessary to verify in the tests how the Intel HX processors behave, when the laptop PC is no longer on its charger.
A full range of processors
In its comparisons, Intel focuses mainly on the best Intel Core i9-12950HX chip, but the brand is actually launching a fairly complete range of references.
There are Intel Core i5, i7 and i9 processors which can respectively offer 8, 12, 14 or 16 cores depending on the levels in the range. The target TDP is in all cases 55 W, but can go up to 157 W in turbo mode. The difference between the processors is also in the amount of L3 cache, up to 30 MB for the Core i9, and in the operating frequency.
Intel promises that more than 10 workstation or gaming models with Intel HX processors are expected to launch within the year. Asus, Dell, Lenovo, MSI, Gigabyte and HP are among the brand’s first partners.
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