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The 12th Generation Intel’Alder Lake’HX CPU is now available for workstation laptops with up to 16 cores and premium gaming

Intel’s 12th Generation ‘Alder Lake’ laptop processor portfolio has an all-new 55W tier. The new seven CPU models, called the HX series, are desktop-class Alder Lake CPUs repackaged for laptops. With proper cooling, the 55W nominal TDP can reach 157W. These new CPUs were announced at Intel’s Vision technology conference today. They are aimed at high-end gaming laptops and workstation laptops. These processors offer up to 16 heterogeneous cores and PCIe 5.0 overclocking support. They also have high-speed connectivity.

Core i9-12950HX, the top-end Core, has eight performance cores with HyperThreading and eight efficiency Cores for 24 threads. The Turbo Boost frequency of the P cores is 5GHz. The total cache memory is 30MB. This model supports Intel’s vPro management framework but is otherwise identical to the Core i9-12900HX, which is more likely to be found in consumer or gaming laptops. There are three Core i7 models as well as two Core i5 models, and these models are located lower in the stack.

You get more cores and a lower TDP limit than the Alder Lake H Series, but some models have slower clock speeds and less powerful integrated GPUs. DDR5 or DDR4 memory can be supported with optional error correction, profile switching and XMP profile switching. However, the equivalent low-power standards are not available. The HX series supports memory and Core overclocking with independent E and P cores controls.

The company claims that it has performance that surpasses AMD’s Ryzen 6000 series and Apple’s M1 Max SoC in professional and media encoder workloads.

The Thread Director feature of Intel is tightly integrated into Windows 11, and it helps to assign workloads to the most suitable cores or threads. The 16 PCIe-5.0 lanes are available for laptop OEMs to interface with a discrete CPU, while up to four additional PCIe-4.0 lanes can be used to connect with NVMe SSDs. Thunderbolt is also available.

Gigabyte, HP, Dell and Asus are some of the first laptop manufacturers to announce models based on these new CPUs. These new CPUs may also be available in compact desktops and all-in-ones such as the Intel NUC series.

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