Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake CPU Benchmark Leaks Out, Allegedly Faster Than AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32 Core Chip In Cinebench

Hassan Mujtaba

An alleged benchmark of Intel's Alder Lake flagship CPU, the Core i9-12900K, has been posted by REHWK which shows the chip outperforming an AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU in Cinebench R23.

Intel's Alder Lake Core i9-12900K CPU Allegedely Faster Than 32 Core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX In Cinebench R23

The leaker tries his best to hide the specific test platform and specs though most of that is way too obvious. Starting with the details, we are looking at the flagship Intel Core i9-12900K CPU which has been recognized as an 8+8 core part within the latest version of CPU-z (v1.97). The CPU comes with a reported clock speed of 5.3 GHz which should be its maximum TVB (Thermal Velocity Boost) chip frequency, a 30 MB L3 cache, and a TDP of 125W.

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As for the test platform, the Intel Core i9-12900K CPU was allegedly running on a Z690 AORUS Ultra motherboard which supports a PCIe Gen 5.0 bus (32 GT/s) but since current graphics cards are only limited to PCIe Gen 4, it is kind of pointless for now unless we get a new generation or wait for next generation SSDs. Lastly, we have the memory which was configured at DDR5-5200.

Note that CPU-z mentions the memory as Quad-Channel even though two 16 GB DIMMs are used & Alder Lake only features a dual-channel IMC. This is due to the dual 32-bit memory channels featured on the DDR5 memory whereas DDR4 memory features a single 64-bit memory channel. This might be fixed in a later revision of CPU-z. The timings for this specific kit are retained at CL38 (38-38-38-83-121-2T).

Now coming to the benchmark, the Intel Core i9-12900K CPU was tested within Cinebench R23 and scored an insane 30,549 points. Not only does this make the Alder Lake CPU the first mainstream chip to break the 30K barrier on Cinebench R23 but it also yields higher performance than AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX which rocks 32 Zen 2 cores. For comparison's sake, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X features a score of around 28,500 points which makes the Intel Alder Lake chip at least 7% faster and what's interesting is that this might not even be the final performance that the chip has to offer.

Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake Cinebench R23 CPU Benchmark
Multi-Core Score
Core i9-12900K
Threadripper 2990X
Ryzen 9 5950X
Ryzen 9 3950X
Ryzen 9 5900X
Threadripper 2950X
Threadripper 1950X
Ryzen 9 3900X
Core i9-10900K
Core i9-11900K

If true, then the Intel Alder Lake Core i9-12900K would give AMD's Ryzen 5000 lineup a tough time until the red team comes out with their 3D V-Cache chips around the end of this year or early 2022. We also see Intel following AMD's footsteps in outperforming its HEDT lineup with a mainstream chip as that was how AMD became dominant in the high-end segment with its Ryzen 9 chips that obliterated Intel's Core-X lineup in terms of performance/$. The Intel Alder Lake CPU lineup is expected to launch in November along with the respective Z690 platform and DDR5 memory kits.

Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake Desktop CPU Specs

CPU NameP-Core CountE-Core CountTotal Core / ThreadP-Core Base / Boost (Max)P-Core Boost (All-Core)E-Core Base / BoostE-Core Boost (All-Core)L3 CacheTDP (PL1)TDP (PL2)Expected (MSRP) Price
Core i9-12900KS8816 / 243.4 / 5.5 GHz5.2 GHz2.4 / 3.9 GHz3.7 GHz30 MB150W260W$739 US
Core i9-12900K8816 / 243.2 / 5.2 GHz5.0 GHz2.4 / 3.9 GHz3.7 GHz30 MB125W241W$599 US
Core i9-129008816 / 242.4 / 5.1 GHzTBA1.8 / 3.8 GHzTBA30 MB65W202W$489 US
$464 US (F)
Core i9-12900T8816 / 241.4 / 4.9 GHzTBA1.0 / 3.6 GHzTBA30 MB35W106W$489 US
Core i7-12700K8412 / 203.6 / 5.0 GHz4.7 GHz2.7 / 3.8 GHz3.6 GHz25 MB125W190W$419 US
Core i7-127008412 / 202.1 / 4.9 GHzTBA1.6 / 3.6 GHzTBA25 MB65W180W$339 US
$314 US (F)
Core i7-12700T8412 / 201.4 / 4.7 GHzTBA1.0 / 3.4 GHzTBA25 MB35W99W$339 US
Core i5-12600K6410 / 163.7 / 4.9 GHz4.5 GHz2.8 / 3.6 GHz3.4 GHz20 MB125W150W$299 US
Core i5-12600606 / 123.3 / 4.8 GHz4.4 GHzN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$223 US
Core i5-12600T606 / 122.1 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB65W74W$223 US
Core i5-12490P606 / 123.0 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A20 MB65W74W~$250 US
Core i5-12500606 / 123.0 / 4.6 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$202 US
Core i5-12500T606 / 122.0 / 4.4 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB35W74W$202 US
Core i5-12400606 / 122.5 / 4.4 GHz4.0 GHzN/AN/A18 MB65W117W$192 US
$167 US (F)
Core i5-12400T606 / 121.8 / 4.2 GHzTBAN/AN/A18 MB35W74W$192 US
Core i3-12300404 / 83.5 / 4.4 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB60W89W$143 US
Core i3-12300T404 / 82.3 / 4.2 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB35W69W$143 US
Core i3-12100404 / 83.3 / 4.3 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB60W
58W (F)
89W$122 US
$97 US (F)
Core i3-12100T404 / 82.2 / 4.1 GHzTBAN/AN/A12 MB35W69W$122 US
Intel Pentium Gold G7400202 / 43.7 GHzN/AN/AN/A6 MB46WN/A$64 US
Intel Pentium Gold G7400T202 / 43.1 GHzN/AN/AN/A6 MB35WN/A$64 US
Intel Celeron G6900202 / 23.4 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB46WN/A$42 US
Intel Celeron G6900T202 / 22.8 GHzN/AN/AN/A4 MB35WN/A$42 US

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