A set of benchmarks supposedly of Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake processors have surfaced. While the figures seem highly dubious, I’m going to share the direct charts from the source. Please note that these are likely false and will mainly serve as fodder to argue with your mates. Let’s dive into the tests.
For starters, we have the Cinebench R23 scores. The single-core scores of the 12th Gen lineup seem a bit too high. It’s possible that Intel was conservative with estimates but would go against the rules of marketing. For example, the Core i9-12900K is 25-30% faster than the Ryzen 9 5950X while being 20% faster than the 11900K. It’s like the scores were directly calculated from the official IPC figures. Furthermore, the Core i9-11900K is slower than the Ryzen 9 5950X in CB23 SC, but in the chart, it’s faster. That’s another red flag.
There’s something similar going on with the multi-core scores. The Core i9-12900K and the Ryzen 9 5950X being tied are just too unlikely. Either is going to be faster than the other. The latter’s score is also somewhat underestimated. The 16-core Zen 3 flagship usually scores nearly 29,000 points in Cinebench R23. As for the 5800X, the multi-core score is overestimated by over a hundred points. Finally, for the 5600X, the opposite has been done. In short, there are too many discrepancies with the scores.
Blender paints a very similar picture, except here, there’s almost no difference in performance between the Ryzen and Core rivals. A bit surprising since the 12700K and 12600K were faster than the 5900X and 5800X, respectively. Remember that Blender performs almost just like Cinebench.
Digital content creation in PC Mark seems to favor the higher-core Ryzen processors. Not sure why. This is the same kind of workload as Cinebench and Blender. This could be due to the underusage of the little cores, but that’s just a guess.
Encoding performance sees the Ryzen parts beat the Alder Lake parts in HWBOT X265, but the FHD benchmark favors the latter. In the X265 HD test, the two competing lineups are tied, but X264 HD sees Intel’s 12th Gen lineup take the lead.
Strangely, the outlet has provided the Blender GPU benchmarks which makes no sense as they don’t rely on the CPUs at all. Yet another red flag.
|CPU Name||P-Core Count||E-Core Count||Total Core / Thread||P-Core Base / Boost (Max)||All-Core Boost||E-Core Boost||All-Core Boost||Cache||PL1||PL2||Price|
|Intel Core i9-12900K||8||8||16 / 24||3.2 / 5.3 GHz||5.0 GHz||3.9 GHz||3.7 GHz||30 MB||125W||228W||$599 US|
|Core i9-12900||8||8||16 / 24||TBA / 5.3 GHz||5.0 GHz||3.9 GHz||3.7 GHz||20 MB||65W||200W||$509 US|
|Intel Core i7-12700K||8||4||12 / 20||3.6 / 5.0 GHz||4.7 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz||25 MB||125W||228W||$429 US|
|Core i7-12700||8||4||12 / 20||TBA / 5.0 GHz||4.7 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz||25 MB||65W||200W||$359 US|
|Intel Core i5-12600K||6||4||10 / 16||3.7 / 4.9 GHz||4.5 GHz||3.6 GHz||3.4 GHz||20 MB||125W||228W||$279 US|
|Core i5-12600||6||0||6 / 12||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||18 MB||65W||200W||$249 US|
|Core i5-12400||6||0||6 / 12||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||18 MB||65W||200W||$203 US|
Finally, let’s have a look at the pricing. If these figures are legit, then Intel is pricing its 12th Gen Alder Lake parts quite aggressively. Even lower than AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors. This should start an all-out pricing war between the two chipmakers, but quite frankly I’m skeptical that the prices will be this low. The 12th Gen Alder Lake processors are expected to launch sometime in October.