[Comparison] Intel Core i9-12900H vs Core i7-12700H – Same platform, different names

Intel is up to some trickery again, this time making consumers pay extra for essentially the same CPU. The Core i9-12900H should be decently ahead specs-wise over the Core i7-12700H.

However, when looking at them, they share the same number of performance and efficiency cores, along with the same cache size and integrated GPU. Let’s see how they stack up against each other, as currently, it would be a dumb idea to go for a Core i9.

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i9-12900H against the Core i7-12700H.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i9-12900H / Core i7-12700H

Specs table

Intel Core i9-12900H Intel Core i7-12700H
Architecture Alder Lake H Alder Lake H
Cores / Threads 14/20 14/20
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 2.30 – 4.70GHz 1.70GHz – 4.70GHz
Cache 24MB 24MB
Lithography 10nm 10nm
TDP 45W 45W
Memory type
DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200,
DDR4–3200MHz,
LPDDR4x–4267MHz
DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200,
DDR4–3200MHz,
LPDDR4x–4267MHz
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)

CPU benchmarks

The Core i9 CPU is 9% ahead in 3D Rendering, while the Photoshop scores were identical.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)


Conclusion

For some reason, the Core i9-12900H is quicker in 3D Rendering, despite the two CPUs sharing the same platform. Intel might be doing something with the power management, allowing the higher-tier processor to access more power, which will lead to higher clock speeds and more performance. Still, you have to ask yourself if you want to pay a premium price for the Core i9 nameplate, because for us, the Core i7 is enough for whatever work you would want to do.

All laptops with the Intel Core i9-12900H:


All laptops with the Intel Core i7-12700H:

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