[Comparison] Intel Core i5-12500H vs Intel Core i7-11800H – Rookie vs Veteran

So far, the Core i5-12500H has been a phenomenal chip, at least from the few comparisons that we’ve managed to do. Today, it faces a real challenge, as we are putting it up against the Core i7-11800H, an untamed horse of sorts.

The CPU has shown that it can perform, but cooling is of critical importance. While the Core i7 doesn’t bring flashy new E-cores, it makes up for it with more cache and higher base and boost speeds.

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i5-12500H against the Core i7-11800H.

You can learn more about both chips here: Intel Core i5-12500H / Core i7-11800H

Specs table

Intel Core i5-12500HIntel Core i7-11800H
ArchitectureAlder Lake HTiger Lake H45
Cores / Threads12/168/16
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost1.80 – 4.70GHz2.30 – 4.60GHz
Memory type
DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200, DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267
DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750 (32EU)

CPU benchmarks

The Core i5-12500H overpowers its opponent, scoring 6% higher in Cinebench 20 and is nearly 0.6 seconds quicker 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)


The generational gap in performance from Tiger Lake to Alder Lake is something that we didn’t expect, but are delighted to see. It’s clear that AMD’s domination in recent years really lit a fire under Intel, and they are now properly unleashed, delivering very powerful processors that push the boundaries of mobile performance.

All laptops with the Intel Core i5-12500H:

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-11800H:

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