Intel has revealed its top-tier 12th Gen Alder Lake HX series mobile CPUs, which include seven new Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 chips with capacities ranging from sixteen cores and twenty-four threads to an eight-core and twelve thread SKU. The manufacturer has added PCIe 5.0 and 55W TDP, which maxes out (turbo) at a TDP of 157 W, which were previously only available on desktop processors.
The Alder Lake HX series incorporates its hybrid desktop design (ADL-S) into a smaller BGA package with up to 16 cores that is better suited for mobile devices and performance-driven high-end models. Further, it features BGA packaging with a smaller 45 x 37.5 x 2.0 mm profile to fit into more space-constrained chassis like laptops and notebooks. WI-Fi 6E MACs are officially supported.
The new Alder Lake-HX processors will also include an improved Intel Speed Optimizer and Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU), which will make it easier to take use of the additional overclocking capabilities as well as Intel’s standard one-click overclocking of both performance and efficiency cores. In addition, Intel has verified that all seven HX-series SKUs, including the vPro-capable models, would allow at least a limited form of CPU core overclocking, making this software and functionality available to everyone.
The 12th Gen Intel Core HX processor family delivers real-world productivity, collaboration, content creation, gaming and entertainment in innovative mobile designs:
- Up to 16 cores (8 Performance-cores and 8 Efficient-cores) and 24 threads running at a processor base power of 55W.
- Access to x16 PCIe Gen 5.0 via the processor and 4×4 PCIe Gen 4.0 from a dedicated platform controller hub (PCH) for increased bandwidth and faster data transfers.
- An industry-first unlocked and overclockable series of mobile processors.
- Memory support for up to 128GBs of DDR5/LPDDR5 (up to 4800MHz/5200MHz) and DDR4 (up to 3200MHz/LPDDR4 4267MHz) with Error Correcting Code (ECC) capability.
- Designs with Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+)2 for improved connectivity and access to the new 6 GHz Spectrum.
This year, top OEMs are scheduled to release more than ten workstation and gaming configurations powered by 12th Gen Intel Core HX CPUs, including systems from Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others.