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Intel Core i5-12600HX

Intel i5-12600HX

The Intel Core i5-12600HX is a upper mid-range mobile CPU for laptops based on the Alder Lake-S chip. It was announced in mid 2022 and offers 4 of the 8 performance cores (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) and 8 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The P-cores support Hyper-Threading leading to 16 supported threads when combined with the E-cores. The clock rate ranges from 2.5 to 4.6 GHz on the performance cluster and 1.8 to 3.3 GHz on the efficiency cluster. The performance of the E-cores should be similar to old Skylake cores (compare with the Core i7-6920HQ). All cores can use up to 18 MB L3 cache. The CPU supports vPro and ECC memory and is therefore a successor to the mobile Xeon CPUs.

Performance

While we have not tested a single system built around the 12600HX as of August 2023, we have tested several systems featuring the i5-12500H, a CPU with similar specs (4 P-cores mated to 8 E-cores, all running at pretty much the same clock speeds as what the 12600HX has). Based on that, expect the 12600HX to be very close to the Ryzen 9 6900HS, Ryzen 9 6900HX and also the Core i7-12650H, as far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned.

Your mileage may vary depending on how competent the cooling solution of your laptop is and how high the CPU power limits are.

Features

The integrated memory controller supports various memory types up to DDR5-4800 and DDR4-3200. The Thread Director (in hardware) can support the operating system to decide which thread to use on the performance or efficient cores for the best performance. For AI tasks, the CPU also integrates GNA 3.0 and DL Boost (via AVX2). Quick Sync in version 8 is the same as in the Rocket Lake CPUs and supports MPEG-2, AVC, VC-1 decode, JPEG, VP8 decode, VP9, HEVC, and AV1 decode in hardware. The CPU supports 48 PCIe lanes consisting of 16 Gen5 (x16 or 2x8), 20 Gen4 and 12 Gen3.

The integrated graphics card is based on the Xe-architecture and offers 32 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 1.35 GHz.

The CPU is rated at 55 W base power (157 W PL2). The SoC is manufactured on a 10nm process at Intel, which is known as Intel 7.

SeriesIntel Alder Lake-S
CodenameAlder Lake-HX

Series: Alder Lake-S Alder Lake-HX

Intel Core i9-12950HX compare1.7 - 5 GHz16 / 24 cores30 MB L3
Intel Core i9-12900HX compare1.7 - 5 GHz16 / 24 cores30 MB L3
Intel Core i7-12850HX compare1.5 - 4.8 GHz16 / 24 cores25 MB L3
Intel Core i7-12800HX compare1.5 - 4.8 GHz16 / 24 cores25 MB L3
Intel Core i7-12650HX compare1.5 - 4.7 GHz14 / 20 cores24 MB L3
Intel Core i5-12600HX « 1.8 - 4.6 GHz12 / 16 cores18 MB L3
Intel Core i5-12450HX compare1.8 - 4.4 GHz8 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Clock Rate1800 - 4600 MHz
Level 1 Cache1.1 MB
Level 2 Cache10 MB
Level 3 Cache18 MB
Number of Cores / Threads12 / 16
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)55 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
SocketBGA1964
FeaturesDDR4-3200/DDR5-4800 RAM (incl. ECC), PCIe 5, Thr. Dir., DL B., GNA, vPro Ent., MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, BMI2, ABM, FMA, ADX, VMX, SMEP, SMAP, EIST, TM1, TM2, HT, Turbo, SST, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SHA
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 770 ( - 1350 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date05/10/2022
Product Link (external)ark.intel.com

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Other CPUs of the series Alder Lake-S

» Intel Core i9-12900K
   16x 3.2 GHz - 5.2 GHz
» Intel Core i9-12900
   16x 2.4 GHz - 5.1 GHz
» Intel Core i9-12950HX
   16x 1.7 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i9-12900HX
   16x 1.7 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12700K
   12x 2.7 GHz - 5 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12850HX
   16x 1.5 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12800HX
   16x 1.5 GHz - 4.8 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12700F
   12x 3.3 GHz - 4.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12700
   12x 3.3 GHz - 4.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-12600K
   10x 2.8 GHz - 4.9 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12650HX
   14x 1.5 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i7-12700H
   14x 1.7 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Intel Core i5-12600HX
   12x 1.8 GHz - 4.6 GHz
» Intel Core i5-12450HX
   8x 1.8 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Intel Core i5-12400F
   6x 2.5 GHz - 4.4 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
   8x 3.2 GHz - 4.7 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H
   8x 3.2 GHz - 4.7 GHz
+ Intel Core i9-11980HK
   8x 3.3 GHz - 5 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX
   8x 3.3 GHz - 4.8 GHz
+ Intel Core i9-11900H
   8x 2.5 GHz - 4.9 GHz
» Intel Core i5-12600HX
   12x 1.8 GHz - 4.6 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
   8x 3.3 GHz - 4.6 GHz
- Intel Core i5-12600H
   12x 2 GHz - 4.5 GHz
- Intel Core i5-13600H
   12x 2.1 GHz - 4.8 GHz
- Intel Core i5-13505H
   12x 1.9 GHz - 4.7 GHz
- Intel Core i5-13500H
   12x 1.9 GHz - 4.7 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2022-05-11)