CES 2022: Intel reveals 12th Gen Alder Lake mobile CPUs and Arc discrete GPUs

Laurent Giret

Intel has unveiled today its 12th Gen Core mobile CPUs that will power new laptops coming to market starting in February 2022. These new mobile CPUs use the same “Alder Lake” hybrid architecture previously seen on the chipmaker’s 12th gen desktop CPUs, with a new Intel Thread Director technology that optimizes workflows across performance cores and efficient cores.

The chipmaker revealed no less than 28 new 12th Gen mobile chips today, with the flagship Core i12900HK which according to Intel is “the fastest mobile processor ever and the world’s best mobile gaming platform.” With 14 CPU cores with a 5GHz maximum Turbo frequency and 20 threads, Intel promises up to 28% faster gaming performance compared to the Core i911980HK, as well as up to 43% higher performance in 3D rendering gen-over-gen.

Intel’s 12th Gen H-series mobile CPUs led by the Core i9-12900HK also support future-proof technologies including DDR5/LPDDR5 and DDR4/LPDDR4 modules up to 4800 MT/s, WiFi 6E, and Thunderbolt 4. Intel is also launching 12th Gen U-series chips for thin-an-light laptops with up to 14 cores, 20 threads, and Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics. The company also has new 12th Gen P-series chips for thinner laptops, foldables, 2 and 1s, and other form factors.

For desktop PCs, Intel also unveiled today 22 new 12th Gen CPUs including Core i9, Pentium, and Celeron chips. The company also announced that its new Arc high-performance discrete GPUs will soon be found in more than 50 new mobile and desktop devices from partners including Lenovo, HP, Samsung, Asus, and Acer.

It won’t be easy to compete with heavyweights Nvidia and AMD, but Intel’s dedicated GPUs will support hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing, AI-powered upscaling with the company’s Xe Super Sampling technology, as well as Intel Deep Link, a technology that can optimize workloads across Intel CPUs and GPUs.

Intel wasn’t the only company to announce new products at CES today, as AMD preceded it with its impressive Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs. Nvidia also revealed new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs for laptops and desktop PCs today, while Qualcomm has also detailed its new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and 7c+ Gen 3 compute platforms. You can follow all of our CES 2022 coverage on this page.