Whereas it’s straightforward sufficient to test desktop processors from era to era, as long as the remainder of the system stays the identical, it isn’t really easy with laptops. Producers will usually redesign the motherboard — on the very least — yearly, creating a number of various variables. That makes it impractical, typically inconceivable, to have a really honest take a look at of even very related designs from one yr to the subsequent.
However because it occurs, PCWorld’s labs group has a uncommon alternative to just do that. MSI’s GE76 Raider laptop, a large 17.3-inch gaming mannequin, has been manufactured with choices for Intel Core processors from the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth generations, with different adjustments saved to a minimal. That gave PCWorld’s Gordon Mah Ung an opportunity to immediately evaluate them, exhibiting the enhancements constructed from one processor revision to the subsequent (to the subsequent).
With the identical set of specs throughout three machines, Gordon bought to check the top-of-the-line processors for 2020, 2021, and 2022. That’s the Core i7-10870H, Corei9-11900HK, and Core i9-12900HK. For an entire breakdown of the benchmarks and the smaller variations between them (like DDR5 reminiscence on the 2022 mannequin), watch our exhaustive YouTube video above. It’s an extended watch, however effectively value it for those who prefer to dive into the crunchy particulars of processor tech.