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Intel announces more 12th-Gen desktop and mobile CPUs, Arc graphics processors

Intel says the Core i9-12900HK is the fastest mobile processor.

Published onJanuary 4, 2022

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  • Intel has revealed its H-series of 12th-Gen mobile CPUs today, including the flagship 19-12900HK.
  • It also revealed its entire lineup of desktop CPUs in the 12th-Gen lineup, from Core i9 to Celeron.
  • The Intel ARC graphics processor is also here with wider support for Intel XeSS.

Intel today announced its expanded lineup of the 12th-Gen processors at CES 2022. With this generation, it’s showing off its computing prowess, especially with the new mobile processors headlined by the Intel Core i9-12900HK. Intel is calling it the fastest mobile processor ever.

See also: What is Intel Hyper-Threading?

Intel has taken the wraps off of multiple products for desktop, mobile, and ultra-mobile, under multiple series and wattages, all built on the Intel 7 process. It is also launching its long-anticipated Arc graphics, internally called Alchemist.

Intel 12th-Gen H-series mobile processors

Intel 12th Gen Core H series

Intel had revealed some of its desktop processors in the 12th-Gen lineup a few weeks prior to today. However, the focus on today’s reveal is on the 12th-Gen mobile processors.

There are three tiers to Intel’s 12th-Gen mobile CPUs — the 45W H-series for enthusiasts, the 28W P-Series for thin-and-light performance machines, and the 15W and 9W U-Series for everything else. The H-series is the one Intel is releasing today.

Intel 12th Gen Core H series 12900HK comparison

The 12th-Gen Core H-series lineup has eight SKUs for now, including the i9-12900HK that is being heavily featured in new CES laptop launches. Intel also says it is the most powerful mobile CPU right now, which may be a tall claim depending upon how AMD’s new offerings fare.

Intel 12th Gen Core H series SKUs

The H-series also carries Intel’s latest tech, including Wi-FI 6E, Thunderbolt 4, and Intel Deep Link.

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Intel 12th-Gen desktop processors

Intel 12th gen laminar coolers CES 2022

Intel has today also revealed the full desktop lineup of the 12th-Gen processors. The company showed off its new Laminar coolers. These will arrive in three models: the Laminar RH1 for i9 chips, Laminar RM1 for i7, i5, and i3 chips, and the Laminar RS1 for Pentium and Celeron CPUs.

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Intel also revealed a whole lot of desktop processors today. The top of the line CPU lineup is the i9 series, with 16-core models that top out at 202W of power with the Turbo mode. Also on the list are the new i7, i5, and i3 CPUs.

Intel 12th gen desktop SKUs 2

Intel is also bringing a couple of low-end chips with its 12th generation, with one Pentium Gold CPU announced along with a Celeron CPU. All of these reveals tally up to 28 total SKUs revealed by the company at CES 2022.

Intel 600 series chips

Intel also introduced the new Intel 600 series of motherboard chipsets to go along with these processors.

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Intel Arc

Intel XeSS

Intel also revealed its long-rumored graphics processor — Intel Arc. Previously dubbed Intel Alchemist, Arc will have over 50 new mobile and desktop designs from major companies such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, MSI, and others.

Relevant: What is Intel XeSS?

Intel is promising some solid features here, including hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing, previously announced Intel XeSS support, and Intel Deep Link technology. Intel is teaming up with 505 Games and Kojima Productions to optimize Death Stranding Director’s Cut for Intel Arc and Intel XeSS. There’s also wider developer support for Intel’s graphical efforts now, with multiple studios on board, including Codemasters, PUBG Studios, Ubisoft, and more.

Hardware acceleration is being extended to other applications as well. The team behind DaVinci Resolve is working with Intel to optimize for Deep Link using Intel Arc and compatible Intel Core CPUs.

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