Something to look forward to: The closer we get to the release of the first processors of the Intel Alder Lake family, the more benchmark results appear online. The latest shows that Intel may finally have a true flagship CPU that can compete with AMD's Ryzen 5950X.
Intel's Alder Lake processor family is expected to be a much more exciting version than Rocket Lake, which was just an incremental upgrade over Ice Lake that brought modest performance improvements as it went from an unstable 10nm process node to the more mature 14nm process node of Intel has been using it for some time.
In contrast, Alder Lake is a different concept based on Arms big.LITTLE designs, with efficiency cores and power cores controlled by a thread director. On a Windows 11 PC, this new thread scheduler assigns lower priority tasks to the efficiency cores and higher priority tasks to the more powerful tasks, making your system feel more responsive. In a way, it's not that different from what Apple did with the M1 SoC on macOS.
In terms of performance on common tasks, Intel only announced that when we compared the high-performance Golden Cove cores on Alder Lake to the Cypress Cove cores on Rocket Lake, we could expect an average increase of 19 percent. And thanks to Videocardz's benchmark results on Geekbench, we can also get a rough idea of how it might fare against AMD's Zen 3 offerings.
The processor spotted in the new leak appears to be none other than Intel's upcoming Core i9-12900K, which apparently got a single-core score of 1,893 in Geekbench 5, or two percent faster compared to the Core i9-11900K and 12 percent faster than AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X.
The Core i9-12900K sample achieved 17299 points in the multi-core test, which is an increase of a full 57 percent compared to the Rocket Lake flagship. However, this result is only slightly better (3.5 percent) than AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X. Overall, it looks like Intel's next flagship desktop CPU could be better than expected.
As always, take those early results with the proverbial grain of salt. However, we are nearing the release of the first batch of Alder Lake CPUs, which will consist entirely of Enthusiast-class models. This lends some credibility to these results as opposed to anything involving mainstream and low-end members of the Alder Lake family.