The Intel Core i5-12600H is a high-end mobile CPU for laptops based on the Alder Lake architecture. It was announced in early 2022 and offers 4 of the 6 performance cores (P-cores, Golden Cove architecture) and all 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 2.7 to 4.5 GHz on the performance cluster and 2 to 3.3 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 18 MB L3 cache. Compared to the 12650H, the 12600H offers less P-cores but more E-cores, a faster iGPU and "Enterprise" vPro features (for remote management).
Thanks to the 12 cores, the multi-threaded performance should be clearly faster than the older Tiger Lake-H CPUs with similar clock speeds (especially like the Core i5-11500H with only 6 cores). Due to the architectural improvements, single-core performance is also better than similar or higher clocked Tiger Lake CPUs.
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 80 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 1.4 GHz.
The CPU is rated at 45 W base power (95 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.
The Intel Core i5-12600H is a high-end mobile CPU that is designed for gaming and workstation laptops. It is based on the Alder Lake architecture, which is Intel's latest microarchitecture that combines the power of high-performance cores with the energy efficiency of low-power cores. The CPU is built on a 10nm process, which is known as Intel 7.
The CPU features 4 Golden Cove cores and 8 Gracemont cores. The Golden Cove cores are high-performance cores that support Hyper-Threading, resulting in 8 threads per core. These cores have a base clock speed of 2.7 GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.5 GHz. The Gracemont cores are energy-efficient cores with a base clock speed of 2.0 GHz and a boost clock speed of 3.3 GHz. The CPU supports up to 18 MB L3 cache.
The integrated memory controller supports various types of memory, including DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, LPDDR5-5200, and LPDDR4x-4267. The Thread Director feature allows the operating system to decide which thread to use on the performance or efficient cores for optimal performance. The CPU also integrates GNA 3.0 and DL Boost (via AVX2) for AI tasks.
The integrated graphics card is based on the Xe-architecture and offers 80 of the 96 EUs (Execution Units) operating at up to 1.4 GHz. The Quick Sync feature in version 8 is similar to 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 PCIe 4.0, with x8 for a GPU and two x4 for SSDs.
The i5-12600H also comes with Intel's "Enterprise" vPro features which allows remote management, these features are useful for IT departments and businesses.
In terms of power consumption, the CPU has a base power of 45 W and a PL1 of around 60 Watt. This makes it an energy-efficient option for laptops. The CPU is also built to handle high temperatures, with a max temperature of 100°C.
Overall, the Intel Core i5-12600H is a powerful and efficient mobile CPU that offers a significant increase in multi-threaded performance compared to older CPUs. Its integrated memory controller and Thread Director feature optimize performance, and its integrated graphics card is based on the Xe-architecture. Additionally, the CPU's energy efficiency and "Enterprise" vPro features make it a suitable option for gaming and workstation laptops as well as for business use.
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