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Intel Core i5-1240P vs Intel Core i7-1260P vs Intel Core i7-1280P

Intel Core i5-1240P

► remove from comparison Intel i5-1240P

The Intel Core i5-1240P is a mid-range Alder Lake-P family SoC designed for use in ultra-light, ultra-thin (yet actively cooled) laptops. It was announced in early 2022 and it has 4 performance cores as opposed to the 6 cores of the top-of-the-line i7-1280P (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) mated to 8 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The i5's P-cores are Hyper-Threading-enabled for a total of 16 threads when combined with its E-cores. The clock speeds range from 1.7 GHz to 4.4 GHz for the performance cluster and 1.2 GHz to 3.3 GHz for the efficient cluster. The shortcomings of this processor as compared with the slightly faster Core i5-1250P include the slightly lower iGPU clock speed and the limited vPro feature set ("Essentials" tier only, not allowing for remote device management).

Architecture

The i5 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 Core i5-1240P's CPU cores enjoy access to 12 MB of L3 cache. The integrated memory controller supports various memory types up to LPDDR5-5200, DDR5-4800, LPDDR4x-4267 or DDR4-3200; Intel recommends using no more than 64 GB of RAM, for reference. Just like the other 12th Gen Intel Core processors, this Core i5 comes with the 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 (FCBGA1744 socket interface).

Performance

The 12 CPU cores are not just able to outperform any quad-core Tiger Lake part, Core i7-1195G7 and Core i7-11375H included. Provided the Power Limits are high enough and the cooling solution is a good one, an i5-1240P will come reasonably close to what an i7-11600H can muster. Better yet, the i5 can be almost as fast as top-end Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 6000 U-class processors. As stated earlier, it all comes down to whether a laptop can keep the CPU well-cooled or not and whether the long-term Power Limit is high enough (> 30 W) or not.

Graphics

The built-in graphics adapter in the form of the 80 EU Iris Xe running at up to 1.3 GHz has seen little change from what was built into certain Tiger Lake-UP3 processors, like an i5-1135G7, which is hardly a downside as this iGPU is loaded with modern features such as AV1 video decoding capability and SUHD 4320p monitor support. You can use up to 4 monitors simultaneously with this GPU, provided the laptop has the outputs required. The Xe isn't a stranger to a bit of casual gaming; that said, your mileage may vary depending on how high the Power Limits are and how capable the cooling solution of a laptop is. Expect something close to NVIDIA's MX250 or in other words, acceptable framerates in most games when playing at 1080p / Low settings. Fast RAM is a prerequisite for decent performance as the Iris Xe has to make do with no dedicated video memory.

Power Consumption

The i5's base power (also known as the default TDP value or PL1) is 28 W; its Intel-recommended Turbo power (also known as PL2) sits at 64 W. This processor is manufactured on Intel's third-gen 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for an OK energy efficiency - on paper, that is. The tests we did proved that Intel's way to close the performance gap with AMD's Ryzen 5000 processors entails some seriously high power consumption figures where a single P-core can consume more than 20 W. AMD's Ryzen 5000 chips are not nearly as power-hungry, and Apple's M1-series processors can be several times more efficient while upholding a similarly high performance bar.

Intel Core i7-1260P

► remove from comparison Intel i7-1260P

The Intel Core i7-1260P is an upper mid-range 28 W Alder Lake CPU designed for use in ultra-light laptops. It was announced in early 2022 and it features 4 performance cores as opposed to the 6 cores of the top-of-the-line i7-1280P (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 2.1 GHz to 4.7 GHz for the performance cluster and 1.5 GHz to 3.4 GHz for the efficient cluster. The i7's shortcomings as compared to Intel Core i7-1270P include the marginally lower clock speeds and limited vPro feature set ("Essentials" tier only, not allowing for remote device management).

Architecture

The i7 is a continuation of Intel's efforts to use the ARM-developed big.LITTLE technology for its own benefit. A single "littile" Alder Lake core is supposed to be just 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 Core i7-1260P'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 recommends using no more than 64 GB, for reference. Just like the other 12th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Core i7-1260P 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).

Performance

We first tested the CPU in May 2022. The 12 CPU cores were not just able to easily outperform any outgoing quad-core Intel Tiger Lake part (Core i7-1195G7 included). All of the U-class AMD Ryzen 5000 options got left behind, too. As anticipated, performance sustainability of this CPU depends heavily on how high the Power Limits and how good the thermals of a given system are.

With short-term Power Limit set to 64 W (which is the Intel-recommended upper limit) and a decently high long-term Power Limit (> 30 W), a 1260P-based laptop rivals Intel Core i7-12700H in single-thread benchmarks while going neck-to-neck with AMD Ryzen 7 5800U in multi-core loads. Performance-per-thread figures of Alder Lake P chips are indeed impressive but this comes at a cost. CPU package power can be disturbingly close to 30 watts when a single P-core is heavily loaded.

If our early Ryzen 7 6800U tests are any indication, the latest U-class Ryzen 6000 chips deliver a noticeable uplift in graphics department while the CPU performance pretty much stays where it was before. Which means Alder Lake P chips (the i7 and i5 ones, at least) have the upper hand.

Graphics

The built-in graphics adapter in the form of the 96 EU Iris Xe running at up to 1.4 GHz has seemingly seen no change from what was built into certain Tiger Lake-UP3 processors, like a 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 graphics adapter. Its gaming performance is bound to be tied to how high the Power Limits and how good the cooling solution of a laptop are; expect something close to NVIDIA's MX350 or in other words, acceptable framerates in most games when playing at 1080p / Medium settings. Fast RAM is a prerequisite for decent performance as the Iris 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.

AMD's 680M as found in certain Ryzen 6000 chips is slated to be noticeably faster than the 96 EU Iris Xe.

Power Consumption

The i7's base power (also known as the default TDP value or PL1) is 28 W, with 64 W being its Intel-recommended Turbo power (also known as PL2). Core i7-1260P is manufactured on Intel's third-gen 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for an OK energy efficiency - on paper, that is. The tests we did proved that Intel's way to close the performance gap with AMD's Ryzen 5000 processors entails some seriously high power consumption figures where a single P-core can consume more than 20 W. AMD's Ryzen 5000 chips are not nearly as power-hungry, and Apple's M1-series processors can be several times more efficient while upholding a similarly high performance bar.

Intel Core i7-1280P

► remove from comparison Intel i7-1280P

The Intel Core i7-1280P is the flagship Alder Lake-P CPU, which is to say, an expensive 28 W part meant for use in ultra-light (yet actively cooled) laptops. This CPU was announced in early 2022 and it has 6 performance cores (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) mated to 8 efficient cores (E-cores, Gracemont architecture). The P-cores are Hyper-Threading-enabled for whopping 20 threads when combined with the E-cores. The clock speeds range from 1.8 GHz to 4.8 GHz for the performance cluster and 1.3 GHz to 3.6 GHz for the efficiency cluster. This is the only hexa-core 28 W Alder Lake CPU as of February 2022, trumping what the more affordable i7-1270P and i7-1260P have in store. Full vPro feature set is supported by this Core i7 ("Enterprise" tier, allowing for remote device management).

Architecture

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 just 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 a Core i7-1280P's CPU cores enjoy access to 24 MB of L3 cache. The integrated memory controller supports up to 64 GB of LPDDR5-5200, DDR5-4800, LPDDR4x-4267 or DDR4-3200 RAM. Just like the other 12th Gen Intel Core processors, Core i7-1280P 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).

Performance

Provided the long-term Power Limit is set to a decently high value (> 30 W) and the cooling solution is a good one, the 14 CPU cores will match Intel Core i7-11800H as well as AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 6950HS, both higher-wattage CPUs marketed towards gamers and digital artists, in multi-thread performance without breaking a sweat.

Performance-per-thread figures of Alder Lake P chips are indeed impressive but this comes at a cost. CPU package power can be disturbingly close to 30 watts when just a single P-core is heavily loaded.

Graphics

The built-in graphics adapter in the form of the 96 EU Iris Xe running at up to 1.45 GHz has seen no change from what was built into the 11th Gen Tiger Lake-UP3 processors, like a 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. An Iris Xe Graphics G7 will let you use up to 4 monitors simultaneously, provided the laptop has the ports required.

The graphics adapter will let you play most games at 1080p / Medium settings to be very close to NVIDIA's MX350. AMD's 680M as found in certain Ryzen 6000 chips is slated to be noticeably faster than the 96 EU Iris Xe, though.

That being said, the Xe's gaming performance is bound to be tied to how high the Power Limits and how competent the cooling solution of a laptop are. Fast RAM is a prerequisite for decent performance as well (the Iris 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 (also known as the default TDP value or PL1) is 28 W with 64 W being its Intel-recommended Turbo power (also known as the PL2). Core i7-1280P is manufactured on Intel's third-gen 10 nm process marketed as Intel 7 for an OK energy efficiency - on paper, that is. The tests we did proved that Intel's way to close the performance gap with AMD's Ryzen 5000 processors entails some seriously high power consumption figures where a single P-core eats more than 20 W and even asks for more. AMD's Ryzen 5000 chips are not nearly as power-hungry, and Apple's M1-series processors can be several times more efficient while upholding a similarly high performance bar.

ModelIntel Core i5-1240PIntel Core i7-1260PIntel Core i7-1280P
SeriesIntel Alder Lake-PIntel Alder Lake-PIntel Alder Lake-P
CodenameAlder Lake-PAlder Lake-PAlder Lake-P
Series: Alder Lake-P Alder Lake-P
Intel Core i9-12900HK1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i9-12900H1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12800H1.8 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12650H1.7 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1624 MB
Intel Core i5-12600H2 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-12500H1.8 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i7-1280P1.3 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i5-12450H1.5 - 4.4 GHz8 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1270P1.6 - 4.8 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i7-1260P1.5 - 4.7 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-1250P1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
» Intel Core i5-1240P1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
Intel Core i3-1220P1.1 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i9-12900HK1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i9-12900H1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12800H1.8 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12650H1.7 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1624 MB
Intel Core i5-12600H2 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-12500H1.8 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i7-1280P1.3 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i5-12450H1.5 - 4.4 GHz8 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1270P1.6 - 4.8 GHz12 / 1618 MB
» Intel Core i7-1260P1.5 - 4.7 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-1250P1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
Intel Core i5-1240P1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
Intel Core i3-1220P1.1 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i9-12900HK1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i9-12900H1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12800H1.8 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12650H1.7 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1624 MB
Intel Core i5-12600H2 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-12500H1.8 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
» Intel Core i7-1280P1.3 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i5-12450H1.5 - 4.4 GHz8 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1270P1.6 - 4.8 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i7-1260P1.5 - 4.7 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-1250P1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
Intel Core i5-1240P1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
Intel Core i3-1220P1.1 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Clock1200 - 4400 MHz1500 - 4700 MHz1300 - 4800 MHz
L1 Cache1.1 MB1.1 MB1.2 MB
L2 Cache10 MB10 MB11.5 MB
L3 Cache12 MB18 MB24 MB
Cores / Threads12 / 1612 / 1614 / 20
TDP28 Watt28 Watt28 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketFCBGA1744FCBGA1744FCBGA1744
FeaturesThread DirectorThread DirectorThread Director
iGPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs ( - 1300 MHz)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs ( - 1400 MHz)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs ( - 1450 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Alder Lake-P i5-1240PIntel Alder Lake-P i7-1260PIntel Alder Lake-P i7-1280P

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-1240P
45.5 pt (53%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-1260P
53.7 pt (63%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-1280P
55.6 pt (65%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 1780     avg: 7219     median: 6763 (11%)     max: 11266 Points
min: 3173     avg: 8925     median: 9320 (15%)     max: 12150 Points
min: 8632     avg: 11358     median: 11480 (19%)     max: 13504 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 640     avg: 1353     median: 1420 (71%)     max: 1685 Points
min: 1155     avg: 1653     median: 1707 (85%)     max: 1796 Points
min: 1615     avg: 1682     median: 1663 (83%)     max: 1787 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 251     avg: 517     median: 571 (73%)     max: 646 Points
min: 448     avg: 638     median: 663 (85%)     max: 693 Points
min: 622     avg: 642     median: 624 (80%)     max: 701 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 763     avg: 2788     median: 2953 (13%)     max: 4208 Points
min: 1234     avg: 3432     median: 3681.5 (16%)     max: 4748 Points
min: 3283     avg: 4523     median: 4741 (20%)     max: 5281 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 407.2     avg: 1354     median: 1504 (15%)     max: 1831 Points
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min: 549     avg: 1468     median: 1623 (17%)     max: 1954 Points
01002003004005006007008009001000110012001300140015001600170018001900Tooltip
min: 1905     avg: 2048     median: 2084.5 (21%)     max: 2119 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 91.8     avg: 184.1     median: 199.7 (68%)     max: 243 Points
min: 165.4     avg: 231.2     median: 244 (84%)     max: 256 Points
min: 229     avg: 240.5     median: 237.5 (81%)     max: 258 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
22.1 Points (41%)
22 Points (41%)
25.2 Points (46%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
2.9 Points (9%)
3.1 Points (10%)
3.1 Points (10%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
8205 Points (73%)
8793 Points (79%)
8881 Points (79%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
42275 Points (58%)
44516 Points (61%)
46007 Points (63%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
70566 Points (63%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
14362 Points (88%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
329.9 s (4%)
314.4 s (4%)
1168 s (14%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
10.1 s (2%)
9.8 s (2%)
34 s (7%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 1024m *
1165 s (5%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 32m *
28 s (15%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
17276 Points (100%)
16777 Points (97%)
7082 Points (41%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 7254     avg: 30438     median: 28718 (20%)     max: 47002 MIPS
min: 16146     avg: 37749     median: 41425.5 (29%)     max: 46108 MIPS
min: 46474     avg: 50763     median: 51433.5 (36%)     max: 53710 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 2197     avg: 4198     median: 4644 (67%)     max: 5149 MIPS
min: 4064     avg: 5233     median: 5353 (77%)     max: 5791 MIPS
min: 4995     avg: 5453     median: 5548.5 (80%)     max: 5721 MIPS
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 1.99     avg: 8.3     median: 8.8 (19%)     max: 12.7 fps
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min: 3.45     avg: 10.5     median: 11.5 (25%)     max: 13.5 fps