Intel® Core™ i7 Processors

These processors power high-end PCs with industry-leading CPU performance for discrete-level graphics, and AI acceleration.

Intel® Core™ i7 Processors

Key Features and Benefits of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

Game without compromise. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor performance hybrid architecture includes up to eight Performance-cores (P-core) and up to eight Efficient-cores (E-core), with workload intelligently routed by Intel® Thread Director3—it divides, so you can conquer.

Built for gamers looking for performance laptops to play the latest games, while also having the capabilities to tackle other workloads. New 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor-based laptops enable it all while on the go.

12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors deliver highly flexible architecture and industry-leading overclocking tools for the ultimate in performance customization.

12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors offer leading edge performance hybrid architecture and support both DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. That gives you a platform you can customize at any time down the road.

With Intel® Wi-Fi 6E and Thunderbolt™ 4, you get exclusive, high-speed, Wi-Fi channels and the most versatile port available.

Frequently Asked Questions About 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors

Performance-cores (P-cores):

  • Optimized to handle single & lightly threaded performance.
  • Enhance gaming and productivity workload.

Efficient-cores (E-cores):

  • Optimized to handle scaling highly threaded workloads.
  • Minimize interruptions from background task management.

Intel® Thread Director sends the right workload to the right core at the right time. It helps prioritize and manage the distribution of workloads, sending tasks to the most optimized thread. This new feature is on by default and works in tandem with the operating system for intelligent workload distribution. To get the full capabilities of Intel Thread Director, pair a select 12th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processor with Windows3 4 5.

Processor Core Overclocking:

  • Users can overclock both Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores) to maximize performance.
  • Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility software has been updated to provide a simplified process to overclock unlocked 12th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors.

Memory Overclocking:

  • NEW Intel® Extreme Memory Profile 3.0 specification support for DDR5 enabling.
  • NEW Intel® Dynamic Memory Boost and memory overclocking support.

These new desktop SKUs feature a 3-year warranty on box and tray processors.

Product and Performance Information


Based on enhanced overclocking ability enabled by Intel's comprehensive tools and unique architectural tuning capabilities. Overclocking may void warranty or affect system health. Learn more at Results may vary.


Select SKUs only, functionality varies by OEM design, operating system and routers/APs/Gateways that support Wi-Fi 6E, together with regional spectrum allocation & required regulatory certifications. Check with OEM or retailer for system configuration details. Visit (connectivity) for details.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels, enabling the fastest possible theoretical maximum speeds (2402 Mbps) for typical 2x2 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi products. Premium Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable 2-4X faster maximum theoretical speeds compared standard 2x2 (1201 Mbps) or 1x1 (600 Mbps) 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi products, which only support the mandatory requirement of 80 MHz channels.

3Built into the hardware, Intel® Thread Director is provided only in performance hybrid architecture configurations of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors; OS enablement is required. Available features and functionality vary by OS.

Currently only available on Intel® Core™ i9 desktop processors (including K, F, and KF SKUs), Intel® Core™ i7 desktop processors (including K, F, and KF SKUs), Intel® Core™ i5 desktop processors (K and KF SKUs only).

5Performance varies by use, configuration, and other factors. Learn more at Intel Performance Index​​.