Intel is making one hell of a comeback after their disappointing launch of the Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors earlier this year. Not only does the Blue Team have their first proper desktop graphics cards launching next year in Q1 2022, but they’re also launching some innovative new CPUs at the end of this year.
The 12th Gen Alder Lake CPU lineup is set to shake things up in the world of desktop processors thanks to its hybrid architecture design. Unfortunately, all we know about them is that they are launching by the end of the year. But a new leak has supposedly revealed the benchmark performance, specs, and prices of some of the new lineup.
This includes the flagship Core i9-12900K, Core i7-12700K, and the Core i5-12600K. Obviously take all this information with a grain or two of salt, but as is usual with tech leaks like these it comes from a foreign outlet that tends to sneak past the embargo details or manages to get hands on with early samples before launch. So some specs/prices/performance may vary at release.
No details have been provided regarding the setup or any details surrounding the benchmarks (like whether it was using Windows 11, which Alder Lake should get better performance out of), so again take these results lightly. However, if they are even remotely true, then they can give us a decent indication of how the new CPUs will perform when they launch.
Now let’s get onto the juicy stuff, what we’ve all come here for. Before we jump into the benchmarks, let’s take a look at the alleged Intel 12th gen Alder Lake specs and pricing…
Intel 12th gen Alder Lake CPU specs and pricing
|CPU||P-Cores||E-Cores||Total Cores / Threads||P-Core Base / Boost (Max)||P-Core Boost (All-Core)||E-Core Base / Boost (Max)||E-Core Boost (All-Core)||Cache||TDP (PL1)||TDP (PL2)||Price|
|Core i9-12900K||8||8||16 / 24||3.2 / 5.3 GHz||5.0 GHz||TBA / 3.9 GHz||3.7 GHz||30MB||125W||228W||$599|
|Core i9-12900||8||8||16 / 24||TBA / 5.3 GHZ||5.0 GHz||TBA / 3.9 GHz||3.7 GHz||20MB||65W||~200W||$509|
|Core i7-12700K||8||4||12 / 20||3.6 / 5.0 GHz||4.7 GHz||TBA / 3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz||25MB||125W||228W||$429|
|Core i7-12700||8||4||12 / 20||TBA / 5.0 GHz||4.7 GHz||TBA / 3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz||25MB||65W||~200W||$359|
|Core i5-12600K||6||4||10 / 16||3.7 / 4.9 GHz||4.5 GHz||TBA / 3.6 GHz||3.4 GHz||20MB||125W||228W||$279|
|Core i5-12600||6||0||6 / 12||TBA||18MB||65W||~200W||$249|
|Core i5-12400||6||0||6 / 12||TBA||18MB||65W||~200W||$203|
Intel 12th gen Alder Lake CPU benchmark
The following results were conducted using the Geekbench 5 benchmark tool for both single core and multi-core performance numbers, comparing the upcoming Intel 12th gen Alder Lake processors with some other Intel and AMD CPUs. The higher the number, the better the performance.
Intel 12th gen Alder Lake CPU single core performance
Intel 12th gen Alder Lake CPU multi-core performance
As you can see in the above results, the Alder Lake lineup completely outpaces the other CPUs in Single core performance, and is roughly on par with some of the best AMD processors in multi-core performance, which is all quite impressive for the new hybrid architecture.
For instance, in multi-core performance the Core i9-12900K is supposedly at the same performance level as the Ryzen 9 5950X, and both the Core i7-12700KF and Core i5-12600KF are apparently faster than the Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X respectively.
If these performance numbers are true, then the Alder Lake pricing is a very good deal considering their AMD Ryzen 5000 counterparts are priced around $200 higher. We’ll have to wait and see if Intel officially confirms the specs and prices soon, but with a supposed launch in November we should hopefully get some concrete info sooner rather than later.
What do you think? Are you excited for Intel 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs? What do you think of the performance? And how do you feel about the specs and pricing? Let us know!