[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1280P vs Core i7-12700H – despite the loss, this is a fantastic showing for the Core i7-1280P

This comparison will be very interesting, as it will show just how much TDP matters. Both the Core i7-1280P and the Core i7-12700H come with the same number of cores and threads (the number of P-cores and E-cores is also matching), the same cache size, and very similar clock speeds. We have seen how Apple can deliver maximum performance while keeping the TDP to the minimum and battery life as high as possible.

Today we are comparing the Core i7-1280P against the Core i7-12700H.

You can take a look at our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where we showcase the best and the newest laptop processors.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i7-1280P / Core i7-12700H

Specs table

Intel Core i7-1280P Intel Core i7-12700H
Architecture Alder Lake-P Alder Lake-H
Cores / Threads 14/20 14/20
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 1.30 – 4.80GHz 1.70 – 4.70GHz
Cache 24MB 24MB
Lithography 10nm 10nm
TDP 28W 45W
Memory type

DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200, DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267

DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200, DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)

CPU benchmarks

Okay, it seems that the higher TDP does affect the performance. The Core i7-12700H is 26% more powerful in 3D Rendering with Cinebench 20 and has a 0.3-second lead in Photoshop.

Results are from the Cinebench R23 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

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


Well, you can’t turn wine into water, and the truth is that the Core i7-12700H is the more powerful chip. However, as you can see, the i7-1280P is very competitive, especially in Photoshop, making an excellent case for itself, for people who want performance, as well as portability and longer battery life.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1280P:

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-12700H:

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