A leaked reference point has emerged from the Twitter leaker for Intel's high-end Alder Lake chip, the Core i9 12900K OneRaichu, painting Intel 's 12th generation CPU in an incredibly positive light. While it’s only a benchmark, if that performance develops at all else, the figures suggest that Intel could be set up to regain its performance crown at AMD. And with some margin as well.
Water cooler 12900KS QS No OCIn. Cinebench R20.ST:> 810MT:> 11600July 20, 2021
There’s a lot of information packaged in this tweet, and no less important is that the chip isn’t overclocked, although those numbers have been achieved by water cooling. In addition, the performance figures for single and multiple threads are incredible, far superior to a normal generational improvement.
Raichu tea from tweeting that the S in the original tweet was a typo and that it is only a standard rating sample of the Core i9 12900K. They have also continued to say that power consumption can exceed 200 W to reach full turbo frequency.
Still, a quick comparison with our own tests of current Intel and AMD chips shows why this is potentially so big. Only single-threaded performance is a huge leap over the previous generation, and multi-threaded performance is also phenomenal, and this is where AMD got the most out of it.
This gives the Core i9 12900K an 18% advantage over the similar 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X. Although the Alder Lake chip actually works with fewer wires. Its 16 cores are made up of eight Golden Cove cores, with HyperThreading, and eight Gracemont cores without HT, giving a total of 24 threads. While AMD’s best Ryzen has 16 full Zen 3 cores with simultaneous multiprocessing that gives it 32 threads of processing power.
I guess the key statistic for us PC gamers is the number one thread that this rumor offers. About 28% higher than AMD's Zen 3 chips, which could give you a serious edge in any gaming performance metric you're interested in launching Alder Lake.
Obviously, we don’t know what’s in the rest of the system used for testing, and that could have a significant impact on performance, but if those numbers are true, they draw a stunning picture of what Intel has programmed for Alder Lake.
The biggest warning is whether this can translate into more apps and games, and all this is due to the hardware programmer Intel and Microsoft have been working on together. This will be key to how Windows sees these different kinds of kernels and how good it is to target vital workloads to the more powerful options.
It feels inevitable that we will see more and more reference leaks, as these unreleased QS samples of the Core i9 12900K are also being sold in China. It could be that Intel would have trouble keeping rumors quiet if the performance is really as good as this.