Intel on Tuesday announced the 12th generation of its mobile processors focused on laptops and smaller computers. According to Intel, the new Core i9 processor is faster than the Apple M1 Max.
M1 Max is the largest chip Apple has ever built: 57 billion transistors and up to 64GB of fast unified memory.
Filipe Espósito for 9to5Mac:
With frequencies up to 5GHz and 14 cores (with 6 high-performance cores and 8 energy-efficient cores), Intel says the 12th-generation Core i9 processor is the “fastest mobile processor” on the market.
The company explicitly compares the new Intel Core i9 12900HK with the Apple M1 Max… For comparison, the M1 Max chip reaches up to 3.2GHz with its 10 cores (of which eight are high-performance cores and two are energy-efficient cores).
Where Apple triumphs with its ARM-based Apple Silicon chips is energy efficiency. While the Intel Core i9 consumes up to 115 watts of power, the power consumption of the M1 Max chip stays around 60 watts most of the time, and hardly exceeds 90 watts when running at full performance.
As we’ve been seeing with the M1 Macs, the lower power consumption allows the construction of more compact machines that don’t suffer from thermal throttling and reduced performance. This is something Intel is unlikely to beat with the old x86 architecture.
Technovanguard Take: This is being typed on a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an 8-Core Intel i9 (2.4 GHz) and we’re concerned the fan is going to fly out of its finely-crafted aluminum case. It sounds like a Cessna taking off.
Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel i9 inside is hot garbage.
It’s one of the worst Macs we’ve ever used (still better than the best Windows PC ever made).
When it’s not plugged in, spinning our electric meter like Pat Sajak, we have to throttle it down using Turbo Boost Switcher Pro and dim the display to barely readable to get any reasonable battery life out of it at all.
It’s trash simply because of the antiquated Intel i9 inside.
The M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models are pure joys to use on and off the desktop. Full speed, bright displays, no fan noise, no excessive heat, no need to throttling down via third-party apps to try to make the battery last. There is simply no comparison.
Intel is desperate. Intel makes inefficient junk that for years has ruined otherwise excellent MacBook Pros.
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