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Intel’s Flagship Core i9-12900K ‘Alder Lake’ Beats AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in GeekBench

The processors or CPUs are the logic circuits that process and respond to the basic instructions that run a computer system. They are responsible for interpreting most of the computer’s instructions. Intel is planning to start sales of its 12th Gen Core processor, ‘Intel Alder Lake,’ in the 4th quarter of this year. Intel is sending samples of these processors to a wide range of its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers; that is why it is likely that benchmark results will leak out. It is time for the corporation’s flagship Core i9-12900K CPU to show its capability in Geek bench 5. Following are the details about Core i9-12900K from Intel. 


System Information
ModelIntel Alder Lake Corporation’s Client Platform
Operating systemMS Windows (64-bit) 11 Pro
MotherboardIntel Alder Lake corporation ADP-S UDIMM
Power FanBalanced
CPU Information
Topology16 cores, one processor, 24 threads
NameIntel Core i9-12900K
Base Frequency3.20 Gigahertz
IdentifierIntel Family 6 Stepping 2 Model 151
Maximum Frequency 3 Megahertz
Codename Alder lake
L1 Data Cache48 KB x 12
L3 Cache1x 30 MB
PackageSocket 1700 LGA

Design & Architecture 

Amazingly, the core i9-12900K beats AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X in work. The processor is meant to have all the leads that the Alder Lake design has to offer, counting 8 ultra-performance Gold Cove P-cores along with 8 energy-efficient Goldmont E-cores and Hyper-Threading equipped with a 30MB L3 cache memory and functioning at top clock speeds. The concluding frequencies of the i9-12900K Core chip are unknown, but if a recent Geek bench entry is to be considered, the processor will have a base clock speed of 3.20 GHz. Due to some reasons, the benchmark scores could not control the maximum Turbo freq of the chip, but we can say it is at 5.0 GHz or above this mark.

Geekbench 5 score 

ScoresMulti Core performanceSingle-Core Performance
Floating Point198018588
Multi Core / Single Core172991893


Specs show that the latest Core i9-12900K has quite the punch in it. It beats all top-of-the-line processors from Apple, AMD, and Intel in single-threaded floating-point and single-threaded integer workload. As an outcome, the latest CPU not only leaves beyond its rivals but above all beats Apple’s M1, known for single-threaded performance due to its extensive execution pipeline. The Alder Lake has huge L3 cache memory and small architectural advantages and utilizes much more energy power. Still, the results it has shown in single-thread performance are highly impressive. 

Until now, the i-9 Core 12900K truly glows in multi-threaded loads. As the processor has 16 cores in total and is able to process 24 threads at the moment, it certainly beats Apple’s hybrid 8-core M1 SoC and Intel’s 8 Core i9-11900K. Therefore, it is extraordinary to defeat 16-core AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X, which can execute 32-threads but loses by a score of 107 in floating-point multi-threaded loads. Although the performance of i-9 Core 12900K in GeekBench looks quite outstanding, please keep in mind that we have to deal with before production computer hardware, and some of the things can change. In any situation, take the results for your comfort. 

Geekbench V5 Benchmarks Scores

Multi-CoreSingle-CoreBase Clock (Core count)Processors
1017015952.1 GHz (8 cores)Intel Core i7-12700
901116002.5 GHz (8 cores)Intel Core i9-11900
817516193.7 GHz (6 cores)AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
882216332.5 GHz (8 cores)Intel Core i7-11700
1414216713.7 GHz (12 cores)AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
1037616723.8 GHz (8 cores)AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
1672416913.4 GHz (16 cores)AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
983017073.6 GHz (8 cores)Intel Core i7-11700K
988217073.6 GHz (8 cores)Intel Core i7-11700KF
943217262.5 GHz (8 cores)Intel Core i9-11900F
1012817593.5 GHz (8 cores)Intel Core i9-11900KF
1099518563.5 GHz (8 cores)Intel Core i9-11900K
1729918933.2 GHz (8+8 Cores)Intel Core i9-12900K

So far, only the specifications of 3 K-series unlocked processors from Alder Lake have been leaked. A few days back, a news leak highlighted Core i7-12700 non-K, though neither the CPU configuration nor the clocks were fully confirmed.

Our Verdict 

By comparison, Alder Lake is a changed thought that is drawn from Arm’s designs, along with performance cores and efficiency cores governed by a Thread Manager. On a computer running Windows, this latest thread manager will allocate lower-priority jobs to the productivity cores and high priority jobs to the further powerful ones, which will make the system feel more receptive. As far as the matter is concerned about how well it performs in overall tasks, Intel said that, on average, we could only expect a 19 percent increase if compared with the high-performance Cove Golden cores on Alder Lake in contrast to Rocket Lake Cove Cypress cores. Because of the benchmarks results, we can get a rough idea of how it can do compared to AMD’s Zen 3 architecture offerings, too.

The core i9- 12900k can record single-core results of 1,893; 2% faster if compared with i9 Core 11900K and 12% compared to AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. In multi-core, the i9 Core 12900K obtained a score of 17299, which is amazingly 57% more than Rocket Lake’s flagship. Though, this output is slightly better (3.5%) than the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. We believe that Intel’s upcoming flagship processor will be better than people expected when talking about the overall results. We are getting very close to the release of the initial batch of Alder Lake processors, which will include entirely enthusiast-grade models. We hope that you enjoyed this review of the upcoming modern Intel’s Flagship Core i9-12900K processor. Please wait until we come with another one.

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