Intel’s Alder Lake processors, on account of their efficiency cores, appear to be a mobile-first architecture. However, going by the performance of the desktop SKUs, it’d be fair to say that the low-power cores do rather well in most workloads. The Alder Lake-P mobile processors are slated to be announced at CES 2021, followed by a launch in late Q1. A Geekbench benchmark of the high-performance Alder Lake-P flagship has surfaced, showing a staggering advantage over AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX:
The Core i9-12900HK scores nearly 1,900 points in the single-threaded benchmark while scoring an impressive 12,000 points in the multi-threaded test. In comparison, AMD’s fastest Zen 3 mobile flagship is limited to 1,506 and 8,225 points in the single and multi-threaded benchmarks, respectively. This puts the 12900HK 25-30% ahead of the 5900HX in terms of single-threaded performance while holding a commanding ~50% lead in the multi-threaded test.
While the single-threaded performance advantage is primarily due to the high IPC offered by the Golden Cove cores, the inclusion of six Gracemont cores (overall 14 cores) allows the Alder Lake-P flagship to outmaneuver its Cezanne rival with ease.