Recently, we learned that Intel’s Alder Lake i7 will likely be a gaming CPU heavy hitter. The rumour mill doesn’t stop spinning there, though, as it also looks like Intel’s i9-12900K could feature the fastest single-thread speeds on the market if the latest set of benchmarks hold water. While the flagship’s multi-threaded performance also looks promising; it looks like the CPU contender is just about on par with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.
Spotted by HXL on the Chinese video-sharing site Bilibili, CPU-Z benchmarks for the next i9 suggest that the chip’s single-core performance is 20% faster than AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X. Yet, when it comes to multi-thread reliant tasks, it looks like Intel’s successor is on equal footing with AMD’s current flagship offering. The leak also features test figures produced using Cinebench, with results that depict a similar benchmark narrative.
Of course, while the new Alder Lake chip’s abilities are impressive, they seemingly come at a cost to efficiency. According to the benchmark, AVX2 mode stress tests show power consumption peaks of 250 watts while running at 108°C. So, while Intel’s i9-12900K is a compelling enthusiast-grade gaming PC candidate, it looks like it’ll require a premium CPU cooler, and a beefy power supply.