Intel unveils the world’s first 16-core laptop processor

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(Pocket-lint) – Intel has unveiled an extension of its H series of 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake processors in the form of the HX range.

During the company’s Intel Vision event, new CPUs designed specifically for professional users and gaming enthusiasts were unveiled.

The HX processors were designed with “unrivaled mobile performance” in mind. To that end, Intel created the world’s first 16-core laptop processor, featuring the same mix of eight performance cores and eight efficiency cores that we already know from desktop processors know.

HX is designed with additional bandwidth for more I/O on portable laptops. That means you’ll be able to get your hands on laptops with up to four NVMe SSDs. It’s future-proof, meaning it works with PCIe Gen 5 graphics cards, but also supports Gen 5 NVMe SSDs.

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As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the HX range can also be upgraded with more memory. You’ll be able to fit up to two DIMMs per channel with up to 128GB of DDR5 RAM in a thin and portable notebook.

The HX series is specially unlocked for overclocking and according to Intel it is ideal for gaming, but also for “mission-critical” workloads. This is backed up by updated overclocking software that makes it easy to get the most out of your machine. Also, HX works with XMP 3.0 overclocking for DDR5 RAM. So you can expect improved performance in several areas.

All of this means a 64 percent increase in performance when comparing the Core i9-12900HX to the previous generation i9-11980HK. In practice this means: up to 149 FPS in Forza Horizon 5, 151 FPS in Hitman 3, 114 FPS in Total War: Warhammer III and more.

There’s a mix of gaming and workstation laptops from your favorite brands that come with these latest HX processors. These are combined with discrete graphics from Intel, including Intel Arc Graphics.

Writing by Adrian Willings.

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