Intel’s Alder Lake-S processors are generally faster than AMD’s Ryzen 5000 parts in gaming and single-threaded workloads but perform on par in heavily multi-threaded workloads such as Cinebench, Blender, and Corona. One important thing to keep in mind is that most benchmarks of the 12th Gen CPUs were conducted with the PL1 values set to PL2 (241W).
As you can see in the above CB R23 benchmark, the Core i9-12900K scores just 17K points with the power target locked to 65W, compared to a much higher 26.6K at 241W. With the power draw equalized with the Ryzen parts, we get a multi-threaded score of 24,325 points. That’s 17% lower than the Ryzen 9 5950X and interestingly, even a smidge slower than the Zen 2 flagship, the Ryzen 9 3950X.
The takeaway from this little activity is that CPU and GPU benchmarks are getting more and more complicated as vendors push every advantage from power to overclocking to boost performance, even if it nets them minor gains. The problem is that this makes the chips much less power efficient than they can really be without any substantial gains in performance.
Via: @Albert Thomas