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Intel Core i5-1240P vs Intel Core i7-12650H

Intel Core i5-1240P

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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 i7-12650H

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The Intel Core i7-12650H is a high-end mobile CPU for laptops based on the Alder Lake architecture. It was announced in early 2022 and offers 6 performance cores (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) and 4 of the 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 2.3 to 4.7 GHz on the performance cluster and 1.7 to 3.5 GHz on the efficient cluster. The performance of the E-cores should be similar to old Skylake cores (compare to the Core i7-6700HQ). All cores can use up to 24 MB L3 cache. Compared to the 12700H, the 12650H offers only 4 instead of 8 E-cores, a slower iGPU and no vPro features (for remote management).

Performance

Thanks to the 10 cores, the multi-threaded performance should be clearly faster than the older Tiger Lake-H CPUs with similar clock speeds (like the Core i7-11800H). Due to the architectural improvements, single-core performance is also better than similar or higher clocked Tiger Lake CPUs.

Features

The integrated memory controller supports various memory types up to DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, LPDDR5-5200, and LPDDR4x-4267. 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 only supports PCIe 4.0 (x8 for a GPU and two x4 for SSDs).

The integrated graphics card is based on the Xe-architecture and offers 64 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 1.4 GHz.

The CPU is rated at 45 W base power (115 W PL2) but most laptops will use a PL1 of around 60 Watt. The SoC is manufactured in a 10nm process at Intel, which is known as Intel 7.

ModelIntel Core i5-1240PIntel Core i7-12650H
SeriesIntel Alder Lake-PIntel Alder Lake-P
CodenameAlder Lake-PAlder Lake-P
Series: Alder Lake-P Alder Lake-P
Intel Core i9-12900HK compare1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i9-12900H compare1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12800H compare1.8 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12650H1.7 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1624 MB
Intel Core i5-12600H compare2 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-12500H compare1.8 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i7-1280P compare1.3 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i5-12450H compare1.5 - 4.4 GHz8 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1270P compare1.6 - 4.8 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i7-1260P compare1.5 - 4.7 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-1250P compare1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
» Intel Core i5-1240P1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
Intel Core i3-1220P compare1.1 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i9-12900HK compare1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i9-12900H compare1.8 - 5 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i7-12800H compare1.8 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
» Intel Core i7-12650H1.7 - 4.7 GHz10 / 1624 MB
Intel Core i5-12600H compare2 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-12500H compare1.8 - 4.5 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i7-1280P compare1.3 - 4.8 GHz14 / 2024 MB
Intel Core i5-12450H compare1.5 - 4.4 GHz8 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-1270P compare1.6 - 4.8 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i7-1260P compare1.5 - 4.7 GHz12 / 1618 MB
Intel Core i5-1250P compare1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
Intel Core i5-1240P1.2 - 4.4 GHz12 / 1612 MB
Intel Core i3-1220P compare1.1 - 4.4 GHz10 / 1212 MB
Clock1200 - 4400 MHz1700 - 4700 MHz
L1 Cache1.1 MB864 KB
L2 Cache21 MB15.5 MB
L3 Cache12 MB24 MB
Cores / Threads12 / 1610 / 16
TDP28 Watt45 Watt
Technology10 nm10 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C
SocketFCBGA1744BGA1700
FeaturesThread DirectorThread Director
iGPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs ( - 1300 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 64EUs (Alder Lake 12th Gen) ( - 1400 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Alder Lake-P i5-1240P

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-1240P
44.1 pt (52%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-12650H
60.4 pt (71%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 1780     avg: 7073     median: 7161 (12%)     max: 11266 Points
min: 11624     avg: 12722     median: 12326 (20%)     max: 14009 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 640     avg: 1247     median: 1394 (69%)     max: 1663 Points
min: 1765     avg: 1783     median: 1779 (88%)     max: 1808 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 251     avg: 476.3     median: 540 (69%)     max: 633 Points
min: 674     avg: 684     median: 682 (88%)     max: 696 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 763     avg: 2682     median: 2759 (12%)     max: 4208 Points
min: 4469     avg: 4932     median: 4772 (20%)     max: 5404 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 407.2     avg: 1253     median: 1402.5 (14%)     max: 1831 Points
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min: 1779     avg: 1963     median: 1863 (19%)     max: 2175 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 91.8     avg: 173.4     median: 193.9 (66%)     max: 236 Points
min: 248     avg: 255.6     median: 255 (87%)     max: 261 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
22.1 Points (41%)
25 Points (46%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
2.9 Points (9%)
31.5 Points (100%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
8205 Points (73%)
8903 Points (80%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
42275 Points (58%)
49328 Points (67%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
329.9 s (4%)
267 s (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
10.1 s (2%)
8.7 s (2%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
17276 Points (100%)
8100 Points (47%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 7254     avg: 29743     median: 30146 (21%)     max: 47002 MIPS
min: 44296     avg: 51529     median: 49717 (35%)     max: 58794 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 2197     avg: 3908     median: 4587.5 (66%)     max: 4949 MIPS
min: 5387     avg: 5573     median: 5485 (79%)     max: 5797 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
127.5 fps (58%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
282.3 fps (77%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 1.99     avg: 7.4     median: 6.9 (15%)     max: 12.7 fps
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min: 13.9     avg: 15.4     median: 15.5 (33%)     max: 16.8 fps
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
0.8 GB/s (28%)
1.2 GB/s (41%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
1.5 GB/s (31%)
2.1 GB/s (44%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
6.6 GB/s (24%)
11.8 GB/s (44%)
Blender - Blender 3.2 Classroom CPU *
min: 812     avg: 1654     median: 1103 (19%)     max: 3047 Seconds
min: 396     avg: 423     median: 408.5 (7%)     max: 479 Seconds
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 289     avg: 690     median: 493.5 (3%)     max: 1926 Seconds
min: 222     avg: 250.5     median: 250.5 (2%)     max: 279 Seconds
Blender - Blender 3.2 Classroom OPTIX *
min: 28     avg: 29.3     median: 30 (38%)     max: 30 Seconds
Blender - Blender 3.2 Classroom CUDA *
min: 46     avg: 47.7     median: 46 (12%)     max: 51 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.513     avg: 0.8     median: 0.6 (12%)     max: 1.236 sec
min: 0.4584     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (10%)     max: 0.4792 sec
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 14813     avg: 16706     median: 16706 (36%)     max: 18599 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
8.3 s (2%)
7.8 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
17.4 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
438.9 s (2%)
414.8 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
75129 Points (77%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3939     avg: 9948     median: 9433.5 (33%)     max: 16843 Points
min: 17964     avg: 21185     median: 22105 (77%)     max: 22811 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
69591 Points (45%)
87219 Points (56%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
87644 Points (73%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
72972 Points (61%)
min: 86345     avg: 87171     median: 87171 (73%)     max: 87997 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 3397     avg: 8688     median: 8838.5 (22%)     max: 14352 Points
min: 17211     avg: 18465     median: 18888 (48%)     max: 19297 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 4921     avg: 13579     median: 14324.5 (35%)     max: 20728 Points
min: 19978     avg: 25481     median: 27042 (66%)     max: 27558 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 4812     avg: 6179     median: 5870 (31%)     max: 9118 Points
min: 9953     avg: 10680     median: 10655 (57%)     max: 11382 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 672     avg: 1407     median: 1562 (76%)     max: 1588 Points
min: 1719     avg: 1769     median: 1783 (87%)     max: 1797 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 1763     avg: 5960     median: 6212 (22%)     max: 9639 Points
min: 8803     avg: 10434     median: 11193 (39%)     max: 11284 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1705     avg: 1734     median: 1732 (88%)     max: 1766 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 9546     avg: 10728     median: 11106.5 (35%)     max: 11153 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 7551     avg: 7585     median: 7600 (88%)     max: 7605 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 41235     avg: 41366     median: 41387 (51%)     max: 41477 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 587     avg: 817     median: 588 (1%)     max: 1422 ms
min: 524     avg: 543     median: 542 (1%)     max: 564 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
86 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
70915 Points (73%)
89888 Points (93%)
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 119.2     avg: 206.5     median: 253 (67%)     max: 267 Points
min: 279     avg: 293.7     median: 299 (79%)     max: 303 Points
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
min: 1470     avg: 1499     median: 1502 (65%)     max: 1525 Points
min: 1808     avg: 1810     median: 1809.5 (78%)     max: 1811 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 31.1     avg: 46.1     median: 44.6 (8%)     max: 64.2 Watt
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min: 108.1     avg: 110.4     median: 110.4 (19%)     max: 112.7 Watt
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 28.6     avg: 47.9     median: 48.9 (13%)     max: 65.1 Watt
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min: 109.9     avg: 122.2     median: 122.2 (32%)     max: 134.5 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 5.5     avg: 7.8     median: 7.8 (8%)     max: 10.1 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd *
min: 5.34     avg: 6.9     median: 6.1 (20%)     max: 9.2 Watt
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
min: 25.7     avg: 28.2     median: 28.1 (32%)     max: 30.9 Points per Watt
16.7 Points per Watt (19%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-1240P → 100% n=36

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-12650H → 163% n=36

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