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Hybrid architecture at 28W. | Intel Alder Lake Core i7-1260P - The 12th Generation of Mobile CPUs in Review

Intel Alder-Lake P (Source: Intel)
Intel Alder-Lake P (Source: Intel)
After Intel already launched the H45 Alder Lake CPUs a couple of weeks ago, we now get the first laptops with the 28W P-series CPUs. We had the chance to test the new Core i7-1260P in Lenovo's Yoga 9i 14 and the performance is very good, but at the cost of the power consumption.

Intel's mobile processors were generally divided into two classes until now: U-series chips with a nominal TDP of 15 Watts and the H-series chips with a TDP of 35/45 Watts. However, these values are purely theoretical and U-series chips are usually operated at values between 25-35W in most modern laptops. With the introduction of the new 12th generation Alder Lake processors, Intel introduces an additional P-series. They are specified with a TDP of 28W and therefore positioned right between the U- and H-series CPUs. The following table shows an overview of the new Alder Lkae-P models:

CPUCoresThreadsClocks (P-Cores)Clocks (E-Cores)L3-CacheiGPUGPU-TaktPBPPL2
Intel Core i7-1280P6P + 8E201.8 GHz – 4.8 GHz1.3 GHz – 3.6 GHz24 MB96 EU1.45 GHz28W64W
Intel Core i7-1270P4P + 8E162.2 GHz – 4.8 GHz1.6 GHz – 3.5 GHz18 MB96 EU1.4 GHz28W64W
Intel Core i7-1260P4P + 8E162.1 GHz – 4.7 GHz1.5 GHz – 3.4 GHz18 MB96 EU1.4 GHz28W64W
Intel Core i5-1250P4P + 8E161.7 GHz – 4.4 GHz1.2 GHz – 3.3 GHz12 MB80 EU1.4 GHz28W64W
Intel Core i5-1240P4P + 8E161.7 GHz – 4.4 GHz1.2 GHz – 3.3 GHz12 MB80 EU1.3 GHz28W64W
Intel Core i3-1220P2P + 8E121.5 GHz – 4.4 GHz1.1 GHz – 3.3 GHz12 MB64 EU1.1 GHz28W64W

Intel Core i7-1260P

CPU-Z Core i7-1260P
CPU-Z Core i7-1260P

The new Intel Core i7-1260P is one chip from the new P-series with a TDP of 28 Watts and it also uses a hybrid architecture. Four fast performance cores (up to 4.7 GHz) with Hyperthreading support are accompanied by eight efficiency cores, so the chip can execute up to 16 threads simultaneously. The integrated GPU did not change and you still get the familiar Iris Xe Graphics with 96 EUs at a slightly higher clock of 1.4 GHz. The chip is manufactured in the Intel 7 process (10 nm). Compared to the slightly faster Core i7-1270P (+100 MHz), the 1260P does not support all the vPro features.

We review the new Core i7-1260P in Lenovo's Yoga 9i 14 convertible with generous TDP limits of 64W in short-term load scenarios and 38W under sustained workloads, so it should be one of the fastest versions of the new Core i7.

Single-Core Performance

Similar to the reviews of the new H45 Alder Lake CPUs, the single-core performance of the new performance cores is very good and the new Core i7-1260P is at the top of the comparison charts in most benchmarks and is usually only beaten by the faster H45 models. However, the price for this performance are very high consumption figures. We observe a consumption of around 26W for the IA cores (package power ~30W) in single-core tests. Considering the overall 28W classification for the 8-core model, this is an extremely high value. We are currently still lacking data for the new Zen 3+ CPUs from AMD (Ryzen 6000), but the regular Zen 3 chips like the Ryzen 9 5900HS are much more efficient at ~14W (18W total). Apple's M1 CPUs are on a completely different level and one core only consumes ~4W (9W package).

CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.4: Single-Core
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Jetstream 2: Total Score
CPU Performance Rating
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
71.1 pt ∼71%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
66.6 pt ∼67%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU -3!
Apple M1 Max
66 pt ∼66%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
 
64.4 pt ∼64%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD -1!
Intel Core i7-11800H
63.8 pt ∼64%
Average of class Convertible
 
61.5 pt ∼62%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
60.5 pt ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
57.9 pt ∼58%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
57 pt ∼57%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
1793 Points ∼100%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
1763 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (1155 - 1812, n=24)
1673 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1533 Points ∼85% -15%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1497 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1468 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
1430 Points ∼80% -20%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
1399 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Convertible
  (307 - 1877, n=92, last 2 years)
1352 Points ∼75% -25%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
684 Points ∼100% +4%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
657 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (448 - 698, n=24)
645 Points ∼94% -2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
578 Points ∼85% -12%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
575 Points ∼84% -12%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
560 Points ∼82% -15%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
520 Points ∼76% -21%
Average of class Convertible
  (116.8 - 727, n=92, last 2 years)
520 Points ∼76% -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
395 Points ∼58% -40%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
252 Points ∼100% +4%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
243 Points ∼96%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
238 Points ∼94% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (165.4 - 260, n=26)
231 Points ∼92% -5%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
229 Points ∼91% -6%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
223 Points ∼88% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
210 Points ∼83% -14%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
204 Points ∼81% -16%
Average of class Convertible
  (68.6 - 271, n=92, last 2 years)
199.2 Points ∼79% -18%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
5605 MIPS ∼100% +8%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
5540 MIPS ∼99% +6%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
5392 MIPS ∼96% +4%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
5285 MIPS ∼94% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (4064 - 5791, n=24)
5272 MIPS ∼94% +1%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
5204 MIPS ∼93%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
5104 MIPS ∼91% -2%
Average of class Convertible
  (2046 - 5897, n=89, last 2 years)
4775 MIPS ∼85% -8%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
1796 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1764 Points ∼98% 0%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
1764 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (1436 - 1786, n=24)
1690 Points ∼94% -4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1551 Points ∼86% -12%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
1516 Points ∼84% -14%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1497 Points ∼83% -15%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
1436 Points ∼80% -19%
Average of class Convertible
  (260 - 1790, n=94, last 2 years)
1369 Points ∼76% -22%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Convertible
  (35.3 - 223, n=90, last 2 years)
59.8 s * ∼100% -25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
54.6 s * ∼91% -14%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
50.9 s * ∼85% -6%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
50.7 s * ∼85% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (40.2 - 65.7, n=24)
48.4 s * ∼81% -1%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
47.9 s * ∼80%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
47.5 s * ∼79% +1%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
39.4 s * ∼66% +18%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Convertible
  (0.4592 - 2.12, n=89, last 2 years)
0.653 sec * ∼100% -31%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
0.596 sec * ∼91% -19%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.587 sec * ∼90% -18%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
0.546 sec * ∼84% -9%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
0.511 sec * ∼78% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (0.4559 - 0.727, n=24)
0.501 sec * ∼77% -0%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
0.4993 sec * ∼76%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
0.4564 sec * ∼70% +9%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Average of class Convertible
  (34.5 - 245056, n=62, last 2 years)
4123 Points ∼100% +1625%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
249.3 Points ∼6% +4%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
239 Points ∼6%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (206 - 255, n=15)
238 Points ∼6% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
212.5 Points ∼5% -11%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
199.8 Points ∼5% -16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
196.6 Points ∼5% -18%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
192.8 Points ∼5% -19%

* ... smaller is better

Multi-Core Performance

Intel's Tiger Lake processors in the sub-45W segment were clearly beaten by the rivals in terms of multi-core performance. Even the slightly faster Tiger Lake H35 CPUs like the Core i7-11370H still used only four cores with eight threads. Alder Lake's increased number of cores alone helps in this regard and the new CPU is roughly 60 % faster than the Core i7-11370H in the Surface Laptop Studio (51/40W).

The comparison with AMD processors is a bit more challenging since U-series chips like the Ryzen 7 5800U, which would be a perfect rival, are often operated at lower TDP values. We therefore have a closer look at the Ryzen 9 5900HS, which is operated at steady 42W in the case of the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro. The performance is almost on par, so Intel managed to close the gap, We are already eager to find out how the new Zen 3+ cores (Ryzen 6000) will perform, but for now we do not have any data in this TDP range.

Apple's M1 CPUs (both the M1 Max or M1 Pro) with 10 CPU cores offer more performance (~15-20%) in native benchmarks like Cinebench R23, Geekbench, or Blender, but consume noticeable less power at the same time (cores 29W, package 34W @M1 Max or 27/31W @M1 Pro).

CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.4: Multi-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
CPU Performance Rating
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
87.7 pt ∼88%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
86.6 pt ∼87%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
85.3 pt ∼85%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU -2!
Apple M1 Max
84.9 pt ∼85%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro -2!
Apple M1 Pro
84.8 pt ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
 
74.9 pt ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
69.9 pt ∼70%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
51.4 pt ∼51%
Average of class Convertible
 
45.9 pt ∼46%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
12386 Points ∼100% +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points ∼100% +15%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
11426 Points ∼92% +6%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
11102 Points ∼90% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
10735 Points ∼87%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (3173 - 12150, n=26)
9332 Points ∼75% -13%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
8068 Points ∼65% -25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
6495 Points ∼52% -39%
Average of class Convertible
  (616 - 14812, n=92, last 2 years)
6278 Points ∼51% -42%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
4414 Points ∼100% +9%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
4128 Points ∼94% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
4048 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (1234 - 4748, n=24)
3602 Points ∼82% -11%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
2995 Points ∼68% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
2750 Points ∼62% -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
2721 Points ∼62% -33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
2526 Points ∼57% -38%
Average of class Convertible
  (242 - 5680, n=92, last 2 years)
2375 Points ∼54% -41%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1927 (1860.38min - 1927max) Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
1925 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
1691 Points ∼88% -6%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
1886 (1719.69min - 1885.99max) Points ∼98% +4%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
1805 (1600.9min - 1805.05max) Points ∼94%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1690 (1675min - 1690max) Points ∼88% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1689 (1667min - 1689max) Points ∼88% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (549 - 2034, n=28)
1553 Points ∼81% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (110.1 - 2332, n=96, last 2 years)
1066 Points ∼55% -41%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1008 (936.68min - 1007.91max) Points ∼52% -44%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average of class Convertible
  (218 - 4249, n=89, last 2 years)
742 Seconds * ∼100% -147%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
491 Seconds * ∼66% -64%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
391 Seconds * ∼53% -30%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (264 - 906, n=25)
369 Seconds * ∼50% -23%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
313 Seconds * ∼42% -4%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
305 Seconds * ∼41% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
300 Seconds * ∼40%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
190 Seconds * ∼26% +37%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
183.3 Seconds * ∼25% +39%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
47553 MIPS ∼100% +5%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
45227 MIPS ∼95%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
44739 MIPS ∼94% -1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
39618 MIPS ∼83% -12%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (16146 - 47064, n=24)
38755 MIPS ∼81% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (5394 - 61169, n=90, last 2 years)
28132 MIPS ∼59% -38%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
26809 MIPS ∼56% -41%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
12563 Points ∼100% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points ∼99% +21%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
10321 Points ∼82%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
8864 Points ∼71% -14%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (3866 - 10570, n=24)
8756 Points ∼70% -15%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
7867 Points ∼63% -24%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
6995 Points ∼56% -32%
Average of class Convertible
  (663 - 12374, n=94, last 2 years)
5717 Points ∼46% -45%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
5701 Points ∼45% -45%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
12.7 fps ∼100% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
12.4 fps ∼98%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
11.9 fps ∼94% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-1260P
  (3.45 - 13.6, n=25)
10.8 fps ∼85% -13%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
9.68 fps ∼76% -22%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
7.93 fps ∼62% -36%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.61 - 17.2, n=91, last 2 years)
7.26 fps ∼57% -41%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Efficiency (external Monitor)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
35 Points per Watt ∼100% +58%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
31.9 Points per Watt ∼91% +44%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (21.1 - 32.7, n=3)
27.2 Points per Watt ∼78% +23%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (17 - 36.6, n=21)
23.1 Points per Watt ∼66% +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (16.3 - 33, n=16)
22.9 Points per Watt ∼65% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
22.2 Points per Watt ∼63%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (15.8 - 27.4, n=11)
21.3 Points per Watt ∼61% -4%
Average Intel Core i9-11980HK
  (12.9 - 22.4, n=3)
18.4 Points per Watt ∼53% -17%
Average Intel Core i7-11850H
  (17.2 - 18.6, n=2)
17.9 Points per Watt ∼51% -19%
Average Intel Core i5-11400H
  (15.8 - 19.2, n=3)
17.3 Points per Watt ∼49% -22%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (10.5 - 31.3, n=38)
16.9 Points per Watt ∼48% -24%
Average Intel Core i5-11300H
  (14.3 - 24.7, n=7)
16.6 Points per Watt ∼47% -25%
Average Intel Core i9-11900H
  (13.3 - 16, n=4)
14.4 Points per Watt ∼41% -35%

GPU Performance

We already mentioned that the Alder Lake-P CPUs are still equipped with the familiar Iris Xe Graphics G7, and depending on the model you either get 80 or 96 execution units with different clocks. Our Core i7-1260P is equipped with the 96 EU version and a clock of 1.4 GHz, which is just slightly faster compared to the Core i7-11370H in the Surface Laptop Studio, which is running at 1.35 GHz. The benchmark scores are also comparable, so we will skip a detailed analysis at this point.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Honor MagicBook View 14
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
5761 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
5479 Points ∼95%
LG Gram 15Z90P-G.AA89G
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
5169 Points ∼90% -6%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s G3 20YA0005GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
3335 Points ∼58% -39%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
10351 Points ∼100% +152%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
9089 Points ∼88% +122%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
4103 Points ∼40%

Verdict - Intel catches up, but needs to improve the efficiency

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 is one of the first laptops with the new Alder Lake-P CPUs.
The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 is one of the first laptops with the new Alder Lake-P CPUs.

Intel's new Alder Lake mobile processors finally offer adequate multi-core performance and there is a significant performance increase over the aging quad-core CPUs from the Tiger Lake generation. Intel also managed to reduce the gap to the AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs with Zen 3 cores, but we cannot yet evaluate the performance compared to the new Ryzen 6000 chips at this point. Intel is still playing catch-up with Apple's M1 CPUs, which offer more performance in multi-core tests and consume less power at the same time.

The single-core results are excellent thanks to the new performance cores, but it comes at the cost of a high power consumption of around 26W. AMD and especially Apple are much more efficient here. The high power consumption also results in a problem when you use your laptop for daily stuff, which is evident in the case of the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (review will be published soon). Even short peak load scenarios result in high chip temperatures, so the fans start spinning really quickly.

The increasing number of CPUs with the new P-series is another problem. There have already been massive performance differences for the old U-series chips over the last couple of years due to different implementations and the manufacturer can once again pretty much do what they want. Even the new U-series chips can consume up to 55W (P-series up to 64W), so there might be laptops where a supposedly faster Core i7-1260P is actually slower than an Alder Lake-U due to TDP settings. This just makes its much more difficult for consumers to find the right chip or get an idea of the performance.

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Andreas Osthoff, 2022-05- 4 (Update: 2022-05- 4)