Intel Core i5-13500H vs Core i5-12500H – Very close to one another


For aspiring professionals, gamers, and creators who need performance for a lower price, Intel has you covered with its new Core i5 H-series processors. Both the Core i5-12500H and Core i5-13500H offer a lot of cores and threads, as well as high clock speeds and modern encoding capabilities, thanks to their integrated graphics, which can take the stress off of the discrete GPU, in the case of a gamer who also likes to record his gameplay, stream, or edit it later on.

Regarding what both CPUs have inside, they share the same layout with 12 cores and 16 threads. The processors use the big.LITTLE philosophy, with more efficient E-cores for handling background and low-resource tasks, and all-powerful P-cores, which have two threads per core and can run at higher clock speeds. Memory-wise, both chips support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory, so laptops with them vary in pricing.

Specs table

Intel Core i5-13500HIntel Core i5-12500H
ArchitectureRaptor Lake-HAlder Lake-H
Cores / Threads12/1612/16
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost1.90 – 4.70 GHz1.80 – 4.50 GHz
Memory type

DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267, DDR5-5200

DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267, DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)


The architectural swap from Alder Lake to Raptor Lake does provide a little boost to performance. How little, you ask? Well, in Cinebench R23, the Core i5-13500H yields a 5% increase in 3D Rendering performance, while in Photoshop, the Core i5-12500H gets a P1 finish, as it’s 0.3 seconds quicker.

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