Intel Has Announced Its New 12th Generation Of Mobile Processors, Which It Claims Outperform The Recent Apple M1 Max Chips

Intel recently announced a new way via which iPhones can now be integrated with Windows PCs, and also revealed its new 12th generation mobile processors, geared towards running smaller laptops and workstations.

First, let’s discuss the processors since they are what Intel is known best for. It’s slew of core processors are recognized as some of the best in the marketplace, and newer generation built for smaller tech devices is always a treat to hear. After all, workstations need to be convenient and efficient; features which are a far cry from the typically heavy-set desktops and laptops which are required for more graphics-intensive work and games. The new 12th generation Intel Core i9 processors are being heavily advertised by the tech giant as being faster than the Apple M1 Max, a chip announced in 2021 that Apple itself claimed to be the most powerful processor that the company had ever built. However, the most powerful chip for Apple doesn’t necessarily mean the most powerful chip on the block, or even the most effective piece of tech on Intel’s own impressive repertoire. Moreover, what makes the M1 Max chip impressive isn’t its own capabilities, but how it's utilized.

The M1 Max chip reaches frequencies up to 3.2 GHz, operating via ten cores. Of these ten, eight are performance oriented, while the other two are there to supplement energy efficiency. In comparison, the Intel i9 12th generation chips have 14 cores, and can reach frequencies of 5GHz; numbers which are much more impressive than what the M1 Max can muster up. The M1 Max isn’t out of the race yet, however. Far from it, since the Apple Silicon and its energy efficiency cores ultimately have the potential to perform much better than the i9 can at full capacity.

The 12th gen i9 may have an impressive 14 cores dedicated to performance, but this leads to 115 watts of energy being consumed by the chip as well. In comparison, the M1 Max only consumes 60 watts, which is almost half of what the i9 demands of its devices. Even at max capacity, the M1 Max will only consume 90 watts of energy, easily outstripping Intel’s new product in terms of efficiency. This lack of energy consumption leads to fewer overheating problems, and also allows Apple to build slimmer laptops and desktops since they don’t require intensive, heavy cooling systems. Intel chips, with their old x86 hardware, while definitely more impressive in terms of what can be done, are also much more potentially damaging.

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