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Intel Core i7-1270P

Intel i7-1270P

The Intel Core i7-1270P is a higher-end Alder Lake-P family CPU, an expensive 28 W part meant for use in ultra-light, ultra-thin (yet actively cooled) laptops. This CPU was announced in early 2022 and it has 4 performance cores as opposed to the 6 cores of the top-of-the-line 1280P (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) mated to 8 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The P-cores are Hyper-Threading-enabled for a total of 16 threads when combined with the E-cores. The clock speeds range from 2.2 GHz to 4.8 GHz for the performance cluster and 1.6 GHz to 3.5 GHz for the efficient cluster. Full vPro feature set is supported by this Core i7 ("Enterprise" tier, allowing for remote device management). Its shortcomings as compared with the mighty i7-1280P include the smaller L3 cache, lower core count, lower clock speeds; the performance is slated to be significantly lower as a result.

A brief look at the specifications instantly reveals this i7 series chip to be very similar to the Core i5-12600H, a more power-hungry processor targeted at gaming laptops.


The i7 is a continuation of Intel's efforts to use the ARM-developed big.LITTLE technology for its own benefit. A single "little" Alder Lake core is supposed to be as fast as a Skylake core (as found in the venerable Core i7-6700HQ among other options) which is six years old at this point. All of an Intel Core i7-1270P's CPU cores enjoy access to 18 MB of L3 cache. The integrated memory controller supports various memory types up to LPDDR5-5200, DDR5-4800, LPDDR4x-4267 or DDR4-3200. Intel suggests using no more than 64 GB, for reference. Just like the other 12th Gen Intel Core processors, Core i7-1270P comes with Thread Director which is a new functionality designed to help Windows 11 decide which cores to use for what workload for best performance and efficiency possible. Hardware acceleration of AI algorithms is supported via GNA 3.0 and DL Boost (via AVX2). PCI-Express 5.0 support has not found its way into Alder Lake P processors, so users will have to be content with PCI-Express 4.0 for the time being. Four PCI-Express 4 lanes allow for a read/write rate of up to 7.9 GB/s, provided a suitably fast NVMe SSD is used.

Please note this is not a user-replaceable CPU. It gets soldered permanently on to the motherboard (BGA1744 socket interface).


The 12 CPU cores are not just able to outshine any outgoing quad-core Tiger Lake part (the i7-11375H and the i7-1195G7 included); the average 1270P in our database directly competes with the Ryzen 7 5825U, the Ryzen 7 7730U and the Ryzen 7 7735U, meaning the i7 is fast enough to make most consumers happy, as of mid 2023.

The fairly high processing power comes at a cost. A single Golden Cove core can consume more than 20 W when under heavy load. Your mileage may thus vary depending on how high the Power Limits are and how good the cooling solution of your laptop is.


The built-in graphics adapter in the form of the 96 EU Iris Xe running at up to 1.40 GHz has seen no change from what was built into the 11th Gen Tiger Lake-UP3 processors, like an i7-1165G7, which is hardly a downside as this iGPU is loaded with modern features such as AV1 video decoding capability and SUHD 4320p monitor support. Up to 4 monitors can be used simultaneously with this iGPU. We expect the gaming performance to be reasonably close to that of NVIDIA's MX350.

In other words, the Xe is good enough for most games at 1080p resolution / Medium settings, provided the Power Limits are high enough and the cooling solution is competent enough. Fast RAM is a prerequisite for decent performance as well (the Xe has to make do with no dedicated video memory).

Last but not the least, we discovered that the GPU utilization when playing YouTube UHD 2160p60 videos is higher than it was with Tiger Lake chips.

Power consumption

The i7's base power consumption (also known as the default TDP or Power Limit 1) is 28 W, with 64 W being its maximum Intel-recommended Turbo power consumption (also known as the PL2). As for the "Minimum Assured" power consumption, Intel's guidelines mention 20 W. All in all, an active cooling solution is a must for such a chip.

The CPU is built with Intel's fourth-gen 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for decent, as of late 2022, energy efficiency. It's still a rather power-hungry CPU; a single P-core will happily consume more than 20 W when under heavy load. Quite a few 7 nm U-class AMD Ryzen 5000 chips are not quite as power-hungry while delivering similar or higher performance levels.

SeriesIntel Alder Lake-P
CodenameAlder Lake-P

Series: Alder Lake-P Alder Lake-P

Intel Core i7-1280P compare1.3 - 4.8 GHz14 / 20 cores24 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1270P « 1.6 - 4.8 GHz12 / 16 cores18 MB L3
Intel Core i7-1260P compare1.5 - 4.7 GHz12 / 16 cores18 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1250P compare1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 16 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-1240P compare1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 16 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i3-1220P compare1.1 - 4.4 GHz10 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Clock Rate1600 - 4800 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)28 Watt
Manufacturing Technology10 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
FeaturesDDR4-3200/LPDDR4x-4266/DDR5-4800/LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe 4, Thr. Director, DL Boost, GNA, Rem. Platf. Erase, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, BMI2, ABM, FMA, ADX, SMEP, SMAP, EIST, TM1, TM2, HT, Turbo, SST, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SHA
GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs ( - 1400 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date01/04/2022
Product Link (external)Intel Alder Lake-P i7-1270P


Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
40 pt (59%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 8426     avg: 9718     median: 9718 (16%)     max: 11010 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1552     avg: 1620     median: 1620 (71%)     max: 1688 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 595     avg: 611     median: 611 (70%)     max: 627 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 3167     avg: 3536     median: 3536 (15%)     max: 3905 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1695     avg: 1739     median: 1739 (18%)     max: 1783 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 226     avg: 229.5     median: 229.5 (70%)     max: 233 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 38099     avg: 38274     median: 38274 (24%)     max: 38449 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 4874     avg: 5279     median: 5279 (63%)     max: 5684 MIPS
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 9.56     avg: 10.4     median: 10.4 (22%)     max: 11.3 fps
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 372     avg: 373.5     median: 373.5 (3%)     max: 375 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.4926     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (12%)     max: 0.575 sec
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 10981     avg: 12323     median: 12323 (33%)     max: 13665 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 9451     avg: 9958     median: 9958 (25%)     max: 10465 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 18221     avg: 18284     median: 18283.5 (34%)     max: 18346 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 5316     avg: 6022     median: 6021.5 (30%)     max: 6727 Points
Geekbench 5.2 - 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1564     avg: 1644     median: 1644 (71%)     max: 1724 points
Geekbench 5.2 - 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 8610     avg: 8660     median: 8660 (30%)     max: 8710 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 537     avg: 541     median: 540.5 (1%)     max: 544 ms
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 279     avg: 285     median: 285 (59%)     max: 291 Points
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
min: 1585     avg: 1649     median: 1648.5 (64%)     max: 1712 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 47.3     avg: 53.2     median: 53.2 (9%)     max: 59.1 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 61.3     avg: 63.1     median: 63.1 (13%)     max: 64.9 Watt
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
4 Watt (3%)
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
4.6 Watt (6%)
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
min: 27.5     avg: 27.6     median: 27.6 (21%)     max: 27.7 Points per Watt
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