Intel has announced the 12th-generation Core processors for laptops today and claims that these are the fastest mobile processors ever. The company further claimed that the new Core i9 is faster than Apple’s M1 Max chip in the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The specifications of Core i9 include a 14-core CPU with six performance cores and eight efficiency cores. On the other hand, the 10-core M1 Max chip has eight performance cores and two efficiency cores. The Turbo Boost frequency of the intel chip reaches a maximum of 5.0GHz, while the power draw can go up to 115 watts.
Intel has released a performance vs. power chart between Core i9 and M1 Max chip as part of its marketing. Interestingly, the company claims through the chart that the new Core i9 achieved faster performance-per-watt than the M1 Max chip, but overall the M1 Max can still run at much lower wattages than Intel’s top-of-the-line mobile offering.
Intel’s new chips are clearly faster, but Apple’s silicon chips are much more power efficient, which deliver impressive performance heating up in light and thin systems like the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Moreover, Apple is going to release its next-generation M2 chip that should take another step forward in performance-per-watt.
Intel’s 12th-generation mobile Core processor series includes 28 chips, including mid-range and low-end Core i7 and Core i5 versions. The chips have reached the final stage of production. It is expected that the devices utilizing these chips will be launched this year.