Intel Core i7 12700H vs Apple M1

We compared two laptop CPUs: the 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 12700H with 14-cores against the 2.1 GHz Apple M1 with 8-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between M1 and 12700H
Advantages of Intel Core i7 12700H
  • Supports up to 64 GB DDR5-4800 RAM
  • Newer - released 1-year and 2-months later
  • Has 6 more physical cores
  • 47% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.7 GHz vs 3.2 GHz)
Advantages of Apple M1
  • Consumes up to 69% less energy than the Core i7 12700H – 14 vs 45 Watt
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 10 nanometers


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +2%
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +1%
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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Full technical specification of Intel Core i7 12700H and Apple M1


Vendor Intel Apple
Released January 4, 2022 November 20, 2020
Type Laptop Laptop
instruction set x86-64 ARMv8
Codename Alder Lake-H Icestorm and Firestorm
Model number i7-12700H -
Socket BGA-1744 Apple M-Socket
Integrated GPU Iris Xe Graphics (96EU) Apple M1 GPU


Cores 14 8
Threads 20 8
Base Frequency 2.3 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.7 GHz 3.2 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz -
Multiplier 23x -
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 192K (per core)
L2 Cache 1280K (per core) 12MB (shared)
L3 Cache 24MB (shared) -
Unlocked Multiplier No No


Transistors - 16 billions
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm
TDP 35-45 W 14 W
Max. temperature 100°C -


Integrated Graphics Intel Iris Xe Graphics (96EU) Apple M1 GPU
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 450 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1400 MHz 1278 MHz
Shading Units 768 1024
TMUs 48 64
ROPs 24 32
Execution Units 96 128
TGP 15 W 15 W
Max. Resolution - 6016x3384 - 60 Hz

Memory support

Memory types DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, LPDDR5-5200, LPDDR4x-4267 LPDDR4X-4266
Memory Size 64 GB 16 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth - 68.25 GB/s
ECC Support No No


Official site Intel Core i7 12700H official page -
PCI Express Version 4.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 28 -

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So which CPU will you choose: Apple M1 or Intel Core i7 12700H?
A bit late but ok 06 February 2022 06:03
The manufacturing process is still 10nm compared to many mobile chips which are going as low as 3 nm But yeah I can confirm two things here 1) I owe an m1 powered iPad, which becomes pig after 30 mins of gaming (intense) same goes for my friend 888 when we co-op he gets a lot of lag after some time (Due to no dedicated cooling mechanism on these devices I guess) 2) I have rusty i7700hq paired with GTX 1050/8Rgb,(I keep it plugged in for turbo mode) still can run many AAA titles at low to mid for hours without losing fps (there is just a slight loss- 2-4 fps at peak temps) this can be solved by cleaning the Cooling vents, applying new thermal paste and overalls in the service center. So $1200 for 30mins? Or $1200 for long-term gaming? I regret buying the iPad should have gone for a normal iPad and saved a few more for a new laptop. I'm writing this from a gaming perspective, so take your own opinions and needs into account when making a purchase.
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