In the letter: Alder Lake’s performance is slowly coming into focus as more benchmark results are displayed online. Although Intel has introduced its 12th Gen Core processors.
In July it became clear that Intel’s Core i9-12900K Alder Lake CPUs were already being sold in China. Since then, we’ve seen a number of alleged benchmarks on the new chip. The closer we get to the official reveal next month, the more results are popping up online, and all of them suggest that Intel has a big winner in its hands.
Early benchmarks showed that the new flagship CPU with 16 cores and 24 threads has the potential to challenge AMD’s Zen 3 powerhouse – the 16-core 32-thread Ryzen 9 5950X. However, most of these tests were done on Geekbench’s v5 suite, which can only give a rough idea of the overall performance you can expect from a CPU.
This week someone ran a series of Ashes of the Singularity (AoTS) benchmarks on a supposed Core i9-12900K sample. The results were spotted by Twitter user @ 9550pro (thanks, Tom’s Hardware) and seem to indicate that the Core i9-12900K will be significantly faster than its AMD counterpart in some games.
To put things in context, Stardock recently updated Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation to version 3.1, which allows the game engine to use up to 16 cores at a time to send Draw calls to the GPU. Previously, the game could only use up to half as many cores, so the performance should increase significantly for systems with CPUs with more than eight physical cores.
This definitely seems to be the case with the Core i9-12900K, which in combination with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 achieved over 14,000 points in the AoTS benchmark with the High 1440p preset. That’s almost 39 percent faster than AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X paired with the same GPU.
As impressive as they appear, these results should be taken with the proverbial salt, as we only know superficial details of the test systems. In addition, the Alder Lake part must also prove itself against current AMD offerings in terms of productivity workloads, energy efficiency and cooling requirements.