Over at the Intel Vision 2022 keynote, Team Blue is ready to push for more dominance in the mobile market by introducing the 12th Gen Intel Core HX mobile CPUs.

12th Gen Intel Core HX 5

Different from the usual announcement of focusing on the gaming aspect, Intel’s aim of delivering these new HX chips to the laptop world is to buff up the processing power for professional use cases such as CAD, heavy 3D animation, and complex visual effects layering. Created with desktop-caliber silicon and made for mobile workstations, you can find the best of the bunch – the Intel Core i9-12950HX – packing an 8P + 8E configuration with a total of 24 threads and can reach boost clocks as high as 5GHz, all the while just taking 55W as the base TDP which is 10W more from the HK line.

12th Gen Intel Core HX 2

Quoting Daniel Rogers, the Senior Director of the Mobile Product Marketing department, Intel basically took the desktop Alder Lake chips, remove the “lid” and replace it with a BGA package to achieve an overall lower profile in terms of vertical dimension. Additionally, to get a better processing power within the same volume and architecture, they have to cut down on the Iris XE EU count as well (But who’s gonna use those in a powerful machine anyway). In exchange for that, according to the official info, users can expect 65% more performance across all sorts of multi-threaded workloads thanks to the performance ceiling getting raised once again with more overall cores, memory, and I/O capability via the Intel Thread Director technology.

12th Gen Intel Core HX 3

Users may also be delighted to hear that all 12th Gen Intel Core HX mobile CPUs are fully unlocked for overclocking and that includes the cores, and memory (DDR4 and DDR5). However, selective restrictions will be applied to specific models but expect the top variants to get the full set of support. There are also some minor changes across the board such as external Thunderbolt 4 controllers (HK platform uses integrated versions), a lot more USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and PCIe 5.0 at 16 lanes on top of the existing PCIe 4.0 and 3.0 connections hanging off the PCH.

12th Gen Intel Core HX 4

You can also game with these monstrous chips too and through Intel’s benchmarks, we can see that you can reach even esports levels of requirement with ease so you can be the next world champion, hopefully.

Here’s the usual full list of specs of the entire 12th Gen Intel Core HX mobile processors family at launch.

Model

Cores

Threads

L3 Cache

Base / Max P-Core Frequency

Base / Max E-Core Frequency

Iris Xe Execution Units

ECC Support

Base / Max TDP

i9-12950HX

8P+8E

24

30MB

2.3 / 5.0 GHz

1.7 / 3.6GHz

32EU

Yes

55 / 157W

19-12900HX

No

i7-12850HX

25MB

2.1 / 4.8 GHz

1.5 / 3.4GHz

Yes

i7-12800HX

2.0 / 4.8 GHz

No

i7-12650HX

6P+8E

20

24MB

2.0 / 4.7GHz

1.5 / 3.3GHz

No

i5-12600HX

4P+8E

16

18MB

2.5 / 4.6GHz

1.8 / 3.3GHz

Yes

i5-12450HX

4P+4E

12

12MB

2.4 / 4.4GHz

1.8 / 3.1GHz

16EU

No

12th Gen Intel Core HX 6

And there’s no need for waiting for them for a long time because OEM brands are finalizing their own set of offerings running these HX CPUs so hold your horses and chill back for a moment and wait for the drop.

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