Intel Beat the Apple M1; they introduced new laptop-friendly 12th Gen Core processors, and as part of the announcement, said the new Core i9 is not only faster than Apple's M1 Max chip in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but also it is the fastest mobile processor in history.
Sure, Intel can beat Apple's M1 chip, but it's already too late. Until the company can ship the next generation of Intel processors, Apple will release the third generation of its Apple Silicon chip for the Mac, which is sure to be even more efficient and powerful than the current M1 and any chip made by Intel.
Apple's decision to go with a large integrated GPU made sense, given that the company has no market for discrete graphics cards and no reason to build them itself. There is nothing like it in the consumer market. Apple is likely to keep this unified bus for its future products. Apple could increase its effective memory bandwidth by widening the bus or increasing the RAM clock. The new LPDDR5X standard supports transfer rates of up to 8533 Mbit/s.
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Intel can integrate its on-chip GPU in the same way, or it can go with large L3 caches, on-chip HBM, or conventional quad-channel memory interfaces with conventionally packaged RAM. Alternatively, the company could choose to emphasize its discrete cards for high-end performance, while its laptop and desktop chips target more modest markets. Apple is a vertically oriented company with no market for discrete components. Intel plays a very different role.
Intel could include more of 8 ALU per EU. The future GT3 GPU partition today is the size of a mid-range GPU. Intel has been more generous with GPU cores in its mobile chips than in its desktop CPUs, but 2560 GPU cores would be a significant boost over its current chips.
The good news is that Intel will show up at CES 2022 and will boldly claim that its new Alder Lake chips, and in particular, its flagship Core i9-12900HK design and improved 5. 0GHz clock speed, can outperform AMD's Ryzen 5900HX as much. like the Apple M1 Max. they are the best laptop processors for gaming or productivity tasks.
The company is also touting big jumps in productivity tasks, with a 44% increase in PugetBench benchmarks for Premiere Pro (a task where Intel says its new chip can outperform Apple's M1 Max, too). , as well as significant gains in Autodesk benchmarks.
Also, it's important to note that Intel focuses its improvements here primarily on improving performance: the company isn't counting on big jumps in battery life, an area where Apple chips in particular tend to excel. (As long as it is supplementary, Intel indicates that these tests have been carried out on December 10, before the last series of errors on Adobe Premiere Pro, which has added supplemental optimizations for M1 Mac - so that it is possible to change a bit.)
It's power consumption can reach up to 115 watts, which is significantly more power than the M1 Max chip uses and is not ideal for thermal wrap of devices like the Macbook. Air and MacBook Pro.
the Core i9-12900HK delivers faster performance per watt than the M1 Max processor in this test," Intel said.
How about the previous chip?
Like last fall's Alder Lake desktop chips, the new laptop chips offer considerably more core counts, split between Intel's "performance core" for jobs that require the most processing power, and "efficient" cores. for less demanding tasks or in the background. Intel is launching a variety of Alder Lake chips in this latest batch, spanning 14-core i9 and i7 models with six performance cores and eight efficient cores. Other less powerful i7 and i5 models lower those numbers considerably, down to eight cores total (four performance, four efficient) in the base i5 model.
The Long-Term Threat of the Apple M1 Family
The danger of M1/M2/M3 is not that x86 clients are leaving en masse for ARM. The danger is that Apple will distract some of the power users from x86 and expose x86 as a second-tier ISA for performance and performance-per-watt. Today, processors like the Core i9-12900HK may be slightly faster than Apple's SoC, but Intel's high-end chip consumes almost twice as much power to do so. Clearly, there are gaps that need to be filled.
But AMD and Intel won't deal with this threat by targeting the M1. They'll take care of that by pointing Core and Zen processors where they expect Apple's M2 or M3 to be. We won't know how effective they were until 2023 or even 2024, depending on the release cycles.
Apple didn't abandon the G5 in 2005 because of a single bug or issue with the PowerPC family. IBM's inability to build a mobile G5 or close the clock speed gap with x86 was icing on the cake. The performance gap between Intel and IBM had been widening for years, even as Apple successively adopted the G3, G4 and G5. The M1 is not a threat precisely because it will steal a lot of market share from Intel and/or AMD. The M1 is a threat because it could be the vanguard of a long-term assault on the premium x86 price. But it's not "too late" for Intel to catch up. AMD's own success is a testament to how the fortunes of silicon can change with the advent of new microarchitectures.
Beyond the H-series, Intel said it has 28-watt 12th-gen P-series chips and 9-15-watt U-series chips for lightweight laptops, coming this quarter. The six P-series chips range from a six-core, eight-core i7-1280P to a dual-core, eight-core i3-1220P. The U series ends with an efficient i7-1265U with eight cores and two performances, and ends with a Celeron 7305 with one performance and four efficient cores.
On the desktop front, Intel has expanded its Alder Lake offering with 22 new chips ranging from i9 to Pentium Gold and Celeron chips. The company has nine chips with a base power of 35 watts, with the processor designation ending in a T, while the others have a base power of 65 watts and don't have a letter suffix except s, it's an F, which means it means it does not have integrated Intel UHD 770. graphics. . Only i9 and i7 desktops have the hybrid architecture with the different core types, and all i5 and below chips only have performance cores.