[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1250U vs Intel Core i7-1260P – Fast work for the Core i7-1260P

How does the Core i7-1250U compare to the bigger and more powerful Core i7-1260P? The former is all about being stable under all loads, with a more modest 9W TDP. However, we’ve seen it spike up well above that, so it will be an interesting comparison.

The P-series chip has a pure hardware advantage with two extra performance cores and higher clock speeds, however, it doesn’t have the flexibility of the U-series CPU.

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 i7-1250U / Core i7-1260P

Specs table

Intel Core i7-1250U Intel Core i7-1260P
Architecture Alder Lake-U Alder Lake-P
Cores / Threads 10/12 12/16
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 0.80 – 4.70GHz 1.50 – 4.70GHz
Cache 12MB 18MB
Lithography 10nm 10nm
TDP 9W 28W
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

The P-series CPU shows a significant 41% increase in 3D Rendering performance and is a whole second faster 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)


GPU benchmarks

Moving over to the GPU tests, while carrying the same iGPU, the one inside the Core i7-1260P scores a lot higher, mainly because Intel iGPU drivers delegate as much work to the CPU as possible, with the GPU acting as a sort of a middle man, translating work to the CPU rather than doing it itself. The P-series processor’s iGPU scores 36% and 37% higher in 3DMark Fire Strike and Unigine Superposition.

Results are from the 3DMark: Time Spy (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the 3DMark: Wild Life benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Intel Core i7-1250U – Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 147 fps 110 fps 68 fps
Intel Core i7-1260P – Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 175 fps (+19%) 136 fps (+24%) 87 fps (+28%)

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Intel Core i7-1250U – Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 122 fps 90 fps 55 fps
Intel Core i7-1260P – Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 150 fps (+23%) 104 fps (+16%) 64 fps (+16%)

Conclusion

The Core i5-1260P is a great middle ground between the less-performing U-series and the Alder Lake H-series which maximizes performance over temperatures and cooling. As you can see, the P-series processor still offers a lot of power, while being housed in a portable chassis, since it doesn’t need that much cooling to function properly.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1250U:


All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1260P:

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