[Comparison] Intel Core i9-12900H vs Intel Core i7-11800H – The Core i9 is the king of the ring

The Core i7-11800H was definitely the sleeper CPU of 2021. While it needs robust cooling, in order to work properly if you supplied it, you could expect very good performance that could rival the best that AMD could offer at that time. Today, the Core i7-11800H has its work cut out for it, as it tries to topple the Core i9-12900H, currently the most powerful chip in our Top Laptop CPU Ranking.

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i9-12900H against the Core i7-11800H.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i9-12900H / Core i7-11800H

Specs table

Intel Core i9-12900HIntel Core i7-11800H
ArchitectureAlder Lake HTiger Lake H
Cores / Threads14/208/16
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost2.30 – 4.70GHz2.30GHz – 4.60GHz
Memory type
DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200,
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750 (32EU)

CPU benchmarks

The benchmark scores speak for themselves, as despite the best efforts of the Core i7-11800H, it gets severely outperformed by the Core i9, which scores 42% higher in Cinebench 20, while also being a full second 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 Core i9-12900H is an extraordinary piece of engineering, which might close out 2022 as the most powerful mobile CPU unless Apple or AMD have something to say. However, the Core i7-11800H is a star in its own right and deserves praise. Since most people will be looking at Alder Lake-powered laptops for their next purchase, this is the perfect time to snag a device with the Core i7-11800H, be it for gaming or Content Creation, as there are multiple offerings that can fit the criteria.

All laptops with the Intel Core i9-12900H:

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-11800H:

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