Intel claims its new Core i9 CPU outperforms Apple's M1 Max

Intel's latest 12th-generation mobile and desktop chips
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Intel announced a score of new 12th-generation processors at CES 2022, claiming its flagship Intel Core i9-12900HK processor is the fastest ever mobile chip.

Intel claimed the i9-12900HK surpasses the performance of its last-generation Intel Core11980HK, AMD's Ryzen 9 5900HX, and Apple's M1 Max - the chip currently powering Apple's latest and greatest MacBook Pro 16in model.

Intel announced 28 new mobile processors and 22 desktop processors as part of its CES 2022 presence. The company also said its 12th-generation processors are up to 40% faster than its previous generation of chips and will power devices in the consumer, enterprise, and internet of things (IoT) spaces.

Targeting users for work and play, Intel said its latest H-series mobile processors will be the most powerful per-watt on the market and will be the "world's best mobile gaming platform" too.

The flagship i9-12900HK will improve system performance across single and multi-threaded applications by pairing performance cores and efficiency cores with Intel Thread Director which 'intelligently' manages workload prioritisation and management distribution.

"Intel's new performance hybrid architecture is helping to accelerate the pace of innovation and the future of compute," said Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group. "And, with the introduction of 12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, we are unlocking new experiences and setting the standard of performance with the fastest processor for a laptop – ever."

Other H-series features include up to 5GHz clock speeds, 14 cores (6x performance cores and 8x efficiency cores), 20 threads, broad memory support, high-speed wireless networking support, and Thunderbolt 4 for 40Gbps data transfer speeds and multiple 4K external monitor connectivity.

Launching in February 2022, the i9-12900HK will power some of the latest and most exciting laptops also unveiled at CES this week including Alienware's x15 R2, x17 R2, and x14 gaming machines, as well as Gigabyte's 2022 Aorus and Aero laptops.

Intel's 12th-generation chips also include a number of new additions to the U- and P-series mobile processors for thin-and-light laptops, foldable, 2-in1 machines, and detachable. The 22 new launches for desktops include new models across processor families from i9 to Pentium and Celeron.


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The new 65-watt and 35-watt desktop processors will power a range of machines focused on gaming, creation, and productivity, and the 65-watt chips will also benefit from the new Intel Laminar coolers which aim to address the thermal dissipation issues on which AMD has beaten Intel for some time.

AMD also made its own slew of announcements at CES, concluding its own refreshed line of mobile processors, the AMD Ryzen 6000 series, but did not make any claims about market-leading performance.

What the Ryzen 6000 series will bring, AMD said, is 30% less power consumption while video conferencing and 24 hours of video playback off a single charge. The company also announced a new range of desktop chips too, with features previously reserved only for the processors powering data centres.

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