Intel is getting ready to release their brand new 12th gen Alder Lake processors soon, and we know that because Intel said they would launch by the end of the year, but also because lots of benchmarks are so far leaking online, which is usually indicative of a launch happening soon.
Obviously take these results with a grain of salt, but the more independent sources that come out with leaked scores, the more credible they seem. But no matter what we’ll have to wait for official, trusted sources first. But these leaked benchmarks do at least give us some indication of what performance could be like.
For instance, just recently we saw some leaked benchmarks for the flagship Core i9-12900K which put it at the top of the leaderboards for mainstream desktop CPUs in multi-core performance, and we heard rumors of single core performance blowing that out of the water. Today, we finally get to see that single core benchmark.
According to the leaked benchmark on Cinebench R23, the Core i9-12900K scores a whopping 205X (that’s a score of over 2000, the final digit is hidden). That’s a pretty insane score to get here, and is far better than the previous generation of Rocket Lake CPUs (around a 20% improvement over the Core i9-11900K, or around 40% faster than the Intel Core i9-10900K).
Unfortunately, since Cinebench R23 is relatively new, the Ryzen 5000 CPUs were not scored on it when reviews came out. However, thanks to some community-based rankings from ComputerBase, we have a leaderboard of single core performance from a range of CPUs including the Ryzen 5000 series, and as you can see the 12900K would absolutely sail past all of them.
If true, this would make the Core i9-12900K the highest performing desktop CPU for single core performance, which is truly a major achievement for Intel after the disappointing launch of the 11th gen Rocket Lake processors. Hopefully Alder Lake will now come sooner rather than later, but it looks like a new king is in town.
What do you think? Are you excited for the Intel 12th gen Alder Lake series? How do you feel about the single core performance above?