A mysterious new Intel i7 chip just showed up in tests

A mysterious new Intel Core i7-12650HX processor has just surfaced in a benchmark, further confirming the CPU’s existence. Intel hasn’t revealed the processor yet or hasn’t mentioned it at all, but based on benchmarks, the unveiling of the HX series is likely to happen.

Thanks to the benchmark, we know more about the specifications of this new Intel Alder Lake offering.

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The processor appeared in a new entry on UserBenchmark. The model in question comes with 14 cores and 20 threads, and being an Alder Lake CPU, it is based on a hybrid architecture. There is no confirmation on the exact mix of cores used in this processor, but we are most likely looking at six Golden Cove (performance) and eight Gracemont (efficiency) cores. The base clock speed was rated at 2.3 GHz with a turbo mode of 4.05 GHz.

The platform that appeared in the benchmark came with 40GB of DDR5-4800 RAM, as well as a Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus, but it didn’t have a discrete graphics card. As a result, it was rated really highly as a desktop, but was considered completely unsuitable for gaming. In all likelihood, a high-end CPU like this would be paired with one of the best graphics cards on the market for gamers.

While Intel Alder Lake processors are only really starting to appear in laptops, the lineup is quite robust, but also potentially confusing for customers. Aside from the (still only rumored) HX lineup, Intel has released H series processors with up to 14 cores and 20 threads. The difference between the H processors and their HX counterparts is that the Intel Core i9-12980HX is said to have 16 cores and 24 threads, maximizing the potential of the Intel Alder Lake lineup.

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Compared to Intel Alder Lake-H processors, the Core i7-12650HX does not have very high clock speeds. However, the performance improvement over H-series CPUs could also come from the fact that this chip may be equipped with all-Alder Lake-S silicon, complete with a processing power of 55 watts. The Core i7-12650HX isn’t the most powerful chip in the rumored line – Intel is likely to release a Core i9 version that will take all the dice’s capabilities.

This processor could find its home in future Intel gaming laptops and small form factor desktops, and given that Intel has high hopes for Alder Lake’s mobility line, it could prove to be quite impressive. It’s hard to guess when it will hit the consumer market, especially given that Intel Alder Lake processors are already popping up in laptops with a similar target market. We’ll have to wait to hear from Intel about plans for the Intel Core i7-12650HX and the CPUs likely to follow.

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