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

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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.

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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 "Rumored"

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)CacheTDP (PL1)TDP (PL2)Expected (MSRP) Price
Core i9-12900K8816 / 243.2 / 5.3 GHz5.0 GHz (All Core)TBA / 3.9 GHz3.7 GHz (All Core)30 MB125W228W$599 US
Core i9-129008816 / 243.2 / 5.2 GHz4.9 GHz (All Core)TBATBA30 MB65W~200W$509 US
Core i9-12900T8816 / 24TBA / 4.9 GHzTBATBATBA30 MB35WTBATBA
Core i7-12700K8412 / 203.6 / 5.0 GHz4.7 GHz (All Core)TBA / 3.8 GHz3.6 GHz (All Core)25 MB125W228W$429 US
Core i7-127008412 / 203.6 / 4.9 GHz4.6 GHz (All Core)TBATBA25 MB65W~200W$359 US
Core i7-12700T8412 / 20TBA / 4.7 GHzTBATBATBA25 MB35WTBATBA
Core i5-12600K6410 / 163.7 / 4.9 GHz4.5 GHz (All Core)TBA / 3.6 GHz3.4 GHz (All Core)20 MB125W228W$279 US
Core i5-12600606 / 123.7 / 4.8 GHz4.4GHz (All Core)TBATBA18 MB65W~200W$249 US
Core i5-12600T606 / 12TBA / 4.6 GHzTBATBATBA18 MB35WTBATBA
Core i5-12500T606 / 12TBA / 4.4 GHzTBATBATBA18 MB35WTBATBA
Core i5-12400606 / 12TBATBATBATBA18 MB65W~200W$203 US
Core i5-12400T606 / 12TBA / 4.2 GHzTBATBATBA18 MB35WTBATBA
Core i3-12200T404 / 8TBA / 4.2 GHzTBATBATBA12 MB35WTBATBA
Core i3-12100T404 / 8TBA / 4.1 GHzTBATBATBA12 MB35WTBATBA

Products mentioned in this post

Core i9-10900K
Core i9-10900K
USD 787.84
Core i9-11900K
Core i9-11900K
USD 544.89
Ryzen 9 3900X
Ryzen 9 3900X
USD 413

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