Intel Core i9 12900HX vs Apple M2

We compared two laptop CPUs: the 2.3 GHz Intel Core i9 12900HX with 16-cores against the 2.4 GHz Apple M2 with 8-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
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 M2 and 12900HX
Advantages of Intel Core i9 12900HX
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR5-4800 RAM
  • Has 8 more physical cores
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • 43% higher Turbo Boost frequency (5 GHz vs 3.5 GHz)
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
Advantages of Apple M2
  • Consumes up to 73% less energy than the Core i9 12900HX – 15 vs 55 Watt
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 10 nanometers
  • Around 25.6 GB/s (33%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
1900
1578
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
22974
8594
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Apple M2 +2%
4078
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
30944
14839
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Apple M2 +1%
1914
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
16248
8925
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i9 12900HX and Apple M2

General

Vendor Intel Apple
Released May 10, 2022 June 6, 2022
Type Laptop Laptop
instruction set x86-64 ARMv8
Codename Alder Lake-HX -
Model number i9-12900HX -
Socket BGA-1964 Apple M-Socket
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics (32EU) Apple M2 GPU

Performance

Cores 16 8
Threads 24 8
Base Frequency 2.3 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz -
Multiplier 23x -
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 192K (per core)
L2 Cache 1280K (per core) 16MB (shared)
L3 Cache 30MB (shared) -
Unlocked Multiplier Yes No

Power

Transistors - 20 billions
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm
TDP 45-55 W 15 W
Max. temperature 100°C -

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics (32EU) Apple M2 GPU
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 500 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1550 MHz 1398 MHz
Shading Units 256 1024
TMUs 16 64
ROPs 8 32
Execution Units 32 128
TGP 45 W 15 W
Max. Resolution - 6016x3384 - 60 Hz
iGPU FLOPS
0.74 TFLOPS
3 TFLOPS

Memory support

Memory types DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200 LPDDR5-6400
Memory Size 128 GB 24 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s 102.4 GB/s
ECC Support No No

Misc

Official site Intel Core i9 12900HX official page -
PCI Express Version 5.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 -

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