Intel Core i9-12900H powers its way to single-thread supremacy over the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max on PassMark as i7-1270P also makes strong showing
Alder Lake mobile parts have finally arrived in PassMark’s CPU Mark chart for single-thread performance, and they have made an impressive showing. Four different SKUs have gone straight into the top 10 places, with the Intel Core i9-12900H setting a new standard at the top on a score of 4,004 points. This particular processor has 6(P)+8(E) cores/20 threads and a typical TDP of 45 W (down 35 W, up 115 W). The other Alder Lake-H parts in the chart are the i7-12700H in seventh place and the i5-12450H (turbo 95 W) in eighth.
The powerful i9-12900H has immediately settled in over the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max, although only three samples of the Intel chip have been tested so far, so there is a high margin of error. The average CPU Mark for the Intel Core i9-12900H, 33,285 points, is also way beyond the Apple Silicon rivals (10-core M1 Pro: 23,553 points; 10-core M1 Max: 23,468 points), but of course there is a huge power advantage for the chip from Team Blue. It seems reasonable to argue that the i9-12900H is the most powerful laptop chip available at the moment, although this status is already looking like it will be short-lived.
The benchmark result for the Intel Core i7-1270P is just as impressive, as it relies on a typical TDP of just 28 W and can be found in laptops like the Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2. This 12-core (4x Performance/8x Efficient)/16-thread part isn’t even the top-end member of its family, with the i7-1280P offering two more Performance cores. The i7-1270P scores 3,824 points in PassMark, just 20 points behind the 10-core M1 Max and 36 points more than the 8-core M1 Pro. It’s a very strong showing; however, it is based on a single sample at the moment so the margin for error is very high.