[Comparison] Intel Core i7-12700H vs Intel Core i7-12650H – the internal conflict gets resolved pretty quickly

Intel CPUs are so good, that they don’t have time to fight products from other companies. The new Alder Lake H-series CPUs have been by far the most powerful chips in 2022, delivering exceptional results, mainly in gaming laptops, which tend to be pretty good at harnessing the power of the best available hardware.

As for today, we have two Core i7 processors with high core counts, both of which can handle the most intense of workloads. The Core i7-12700H does have a clear advantage in offering 4 more cores. However, will the benchmarks utilize all of them, or will we see a more even battle?

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i7-12700H against the Core i7-12650H.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i7-12700H / Core i7-12650H

Specs table

Intel Core i7-12700H  Intel Core i7-12650H
Architecture Alder Lake H Alder Lake H
Cores / Threads 14/20 10/16
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 2.30 – 4.70GHz 1.70 – 4.70GHz
Cache 24MB 24MB
Lithography 10nm 10nm
TDP 45W 45W
Memory type
DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200,
DDR4–3200MHz,
LPDDR4x–4267MHz
DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200,
DDR4–3200MHz,
LPDDR4x–4267MHz
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) Intel UHD Graphics (Alder Lake, 64EU)

CPU benchmarks

Well, turns out benchmarks do in fact take advantage of all the available resources. The Core i7-12700H is 54% quicker in Cinebench 20, while also finishing the Photoshop test 0.6 seconds faster.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)


Conclusion

While the performance gap was to be expected, we didn’t think it would be that large, especially in 3D Rendering. However, as always we have to look deeper. First, the TUF Dash F15 is more of a thin and light gaming laptop, which limits the cooling capacity. On the other end, the MSI Vector GP66 is both thicker and heavier, and we know where those extra doughnuts and hotdogs have gone. The cooling is much more potent, with larger copper heat pipes.

MSI Vector GP66
ASUS TUF Dash F15

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-12700H:


All laptops with the Intel Core i7-12650H:

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