A few days ago we learned from Intel many of the details of Alder Lake, the hybrid architecture that will bring us the twelfth generation processors. We have not yet been able to test how well the high-performance and high-efficiency cores that will be released from the end of the year perform when they are scheduled to be commercialized, but the first benchmarks of a processor of the family have appeared, the Intel Core i9 -12900K, and they are very promising.
According to several tests with Geekbench 5 that have been leaked , the i9 Alder Lake outperforms both the Ryzen 5000 and the Apple silicon M1 chip in single core, that is, when a single core is being used for the test, a variable that follows is very important in certain uses.
Here's what Geekbench 5 tells us about the i9-12900K
As with all leaked benchmarks, everything Geekbench 5 shows about the i9-12900K has to be taken with a grain of salt for now. As of today, it shows that it has been run on the Intel test platform and that it has 16 cores (8 + 8) and 24 threads. This is an increase from the 8 cores of the i9-11900K, which had 8 cores and 16 threads. The number has grown considerably due to the inclusion of high-performance cores.
The base frequency shown by Geekbench 5 for this processor is 3.20 GHz. In maximum frequency, it indicates 3 MHz, which is obviously an error, since it is expected to reach 5.3 GHz. Although there are many benchmarks made in different conditions, comparing with one of its competitors, the Ryzen 9 5950X, we get that Intel returns to the top of the podium with a single-core score of 1834, more than 6.5% more than what AMD achieved in our tests and 5% more than what a MacBook Pro with M1 .
The fact that Intel so easily outperforms AMD in multi-core is due to taking advantage of the new high-efficiency cores
In multi-core, adding high-efficiency cores is worth it to go from about 11,000 points to 17,370, which also helps it beat the Ryzen 9 5950X in this test by 25%. Here, of course, the M1 is off the table with only 4 high-performance and 4 high-efficiency cores.
We will have to wait until we can test the Alder Lake family to conclude since these figures have not taken into account values as important as the TDP or the IPC, where AMD and Apple have won so far with their latest available architecture.