Intel Core i5-11400H vs Intel Core i7-12700H

Compare Intel 11th Generation Core i5 6 core CPU vs Intel 12th Generation Core i7 14 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

63 %
99 %
57% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

90 %
119 %
32% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

55 %
93 %
69% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

53 %
92 %
73% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Cinebench R23 score

Multi threaded benchmark

104% significantly higher Cinebench R23 score

3DMark Physics score

Physics simulation benchmark

83% significantly higher 3DMark Physics score



Number of physical processing units

133% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

66% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
16% slightly higher clock speed
2 GHz

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
5 GHz
4% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

35 W
28% slightly lower TDP
45 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

40% slightly more pcie lanes

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
100% significantly more supported memory
64 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

576 KiB
1,120 KiB
94% significantly more L1 cache

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

12 MiB
24 MiB
100% significantly more L3 cache

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

215th of 1,326
53rd of 1,326


The product line

11th Generation Core i5
12th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2021
February 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i5-11400H vs Core i7-12700H comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i7-12700H beats the Core i5-11400H in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-11400H in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that Core i7-12700H has significantly more cores with 6 compared to the Core i5-11400H that has 14. It also has more threads than the Core i5-11400H.

Our database shows that the Core i5-11400H has a slightly higher clock speed than the Core i7-12700H. Despite this, the Core i7-12700H has a slightly higher turbo speed.

A Core i5-11400H CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-12700H CPU because of its slightly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Core i7-12700H over the Core i5-11400H.

CPU comparison

Use the table to the left to compare both the Core i5-11400H and the Core i7-12700H, the advantages and disadvantages of each are shown.

CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i5-11400H has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.


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