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Intel’s 12th Gen ‘HX’ Chips Bring 16 Cores to Laptops

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Intel’s 12th-gen CPUs have already put in a strong performance against AMD’s Ryzen 6000 chips, but now Intel is taking things to another level with its “HX” processors. They are the first 16-core notebook processors for notebook computers on the market, and they are also fully unlocked and overclockable. In fact, Intel strives to give content enthusiasts and creators the same power and flexibility they expect from desktop chips.


Perhaps that’s why the HX series specs seem so familiar. At the top end is the Core i9-12950HX with 16 cores (8 performance and 8 efficient), 24 threads and a maximum turbo speed of 5GHz. For the most part, it seems that Intel has downsized its 12900K desktop chip to be usable in laptops. And with a boost TDP of a whopping 157 watts (and a base TDP of 55 watts), efficiency is clearly not the focus. The HX chips are powerhouses intended for sturdy 15- and 17-inch workstations – don’t even dare ask about battery life.

In terms of performance, Intel’s charts show that the HX chips are not a huge leap from the H-series mobile processors. The 12900HX offers 64 percent faster multi-threaded performance than the i9-11980HK, but that’s only slightly faster than the 12900HK (scaled numbers would make these graphs much more useful, to be honest). The HX processors come with support for DDR5 and DDR4 overclocking, as well as a new Dynamic Memory Boost feature. They also have efficient-core clocking and an updated Intel Extreme Tuning program.

Intel 12th Gen HX Stats


Intel’s 12th-generation HX-series processors will ship later this year in major workstations such as the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE, MSI’s GE77 and 67 Raider, Lenovo’s Legion 7i, HP’s Omen 17 and Gigabyte’s Aorus 17X and 15X.

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