Intel’s Alder Lake processors not only perform incredibly well in single-threaded (courtesy of the increased IPC and boost clocks), but they also earn their place in multi-threaded applications. This is primarily due to the use of a hybrid core architecture which provides top of the line performance in lightly threaded workloads (thanks to the Golden Cove cores) while also sufficing on the multi-threaded front (thanks to the Gracemont cores), all the staying within an acceptable TDP and die area.
Last month, Intel launched the K series Alder Lake-S parts, retaking the single-threaded and gaming crown from AMD after more than a year-long surrender. Out of these, the Core i7-12700K is the most balanced offering, providing ample single and multi-threaded grunt without breaking the bank. However, the non-K SKUs which are yet to be revealed should be even more attractive to most users. A leaked benchmark of the Core i7-12700 further indicates this:
In Geekbench 5, the Core i7-12700 is faster than the much more expensive Ryzen 9 5900X on the single-threaded front, while almost leveling with it in the multi-threaded benchmark. It’s worth noting that the 12700, like the 5900X, is a 12-core CPU. However, unlike the latter, it features two different core clusters: 8 Golden Cove P-cores and 6 Gracemont E-cores. It features a boost clock of 4.8GHz for the former and an L3 cache of 25MB. While the Ryzen 9 5900X is priced at $549, the Core i7-12700 should cost between $300-$400. This will make it an excellent gaming CPU, probably the best under the $500 price range.
Source: Geekbench Via: Tum_Apisak