Intel’s 45W 12th Gen Core i9-12900HK Faster than AMD’s 180W Threadripper 1950X 16 Core HEDT CPU [Report]

Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-H processors are yet to hit retail, but reviewers have already gotten their hands on the first samples. Lab501 was able to acquire a Core i9-12900HK and test it across a variety of workloads. Unsurprisingly, the 12th Gen mobile flagship crushed the competition, beating the Ryzen 9 5900HX by nearly 30% and the Core i9-11980HK by 15% in Cinebench R15/R20 multi-threaded benchmarks.

What’s remarkable though is that the 12900HK with a TDP of 45W manages to beat the 180W Threadripper 1950X in the Cinebench multi-threaded benchmark. Granted, the latter is based on TSMC’s 14nm node while the former uses the Intel 7 node, it’s still remarkable how far CPUs have come in the last five years.

The deltas in multi-threaded benchmarks like LZMA compression/decompression and rendering are clear as day, but in more mundane aggregated benchmarks like PCMark the deltas are relatively less prominent.

AMD is planning to launch its Ryzen 6000 “Rembrandt” mobile processors later this year. Based on TSMC’s 6nm process, these SKUs bring the RDNA 2 graphics architecture to integrated GPUs for the first time with ray acceleration units and more to offer discrete GPU level gaming performance.


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