[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1280P vs Core i5-12500H – a fair fight

Can a 28W Core i7 CPU with a boatload of cores and threads outperform what we call a supercharged Core i5 CPU with a TDP of 45W? This is what we’re testing today, as we put the Core i7-1280P against the Core i5-12500H.

The new Core i5 CPU is unreal, managing to place third in our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, over the new Ryzen 6000H-series, including the Ryzen 7 6800H.

The Core i7 is the more capable chip, in terms of pure hardware, offering two extra performance cores and 4 more threads. The extra 6MB of cache might also play a part.

Today we are comparing the Core i7-1280P against the Core i5-12500H.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i7-1280P / Core i5-12500H

Specs table

Intel Core i7-1280PIntel Core i5-12500H
ArchitectureAlder Lake-PAlder Lake-H
Cores / Threads14/2012/16
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost1.30 – 4.80GHz1.80 – 4.50GHz
Memory type

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

DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200, DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)

CPU benchmarks

The fight is more than fair, and the CPUs are very evenly matched. Still, the Core i5 comes out on top in 3D Rendering, with a lead of 2%. As for Photoshop, the Core i7 is quicker, finishing the benchmark 0.16 seconds quicker.

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)


If you appreciate portability, the choice is clear. The Core i7-1280P offers similar performance, with even a victory in Photoshop, while undoubtedly having less cooling needs, and being more efficient, sparing battery life. However, strictly for gaming, laptops with the Core i5 will offer higher-powered graphics, since you will have to implement capable cooling, you might as well throw a good GPU inside and call it a day.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1280P:

All laptops with the Intel Core i5-12500H:

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