The wait is finally over as Intel recently held their latest Innovation event where they officially revealed the 12th generation of Core processors based on the Alder Lake architecture, announcing the official specs, pricing, and performance of 6 new CPUs coming on November 4th.
We’ve heard and seen lots of leaks up to now, which has built the hype for Alder Lake as a significant comeback for Intel after the disappointing launch of the 11th gen Rocket Lake CPUs and AMD’s strong launch of their Ryzen 5000 processors. So do they live up to expectations? Let’s find out…
Intel 12th gen Alder Lake specs
Alder Lake is launching with just 6 different CPUs on November 4th: the Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900KF, the Core i7-12700K and Core i7-12700KF, and the Core i5-12600K and Core i5-12600KF. The flagship 16-core 12900K comes in at $589, whereas the 10-core i5-12600K will launch for $289. The Core i7-12700K is priced at $409.
Intel 12th gen Alder Lake performance
Obviously the next thing we want to know is how well will Alder Lake perform? These new processors are a little more expensive than the 11th gen Rocket Lake CPUs (though nowhere near the absurdly-high leaked pricing a few days ago), so performance has to be worth it in gaming and workloads.
In terms of gen-on-gen performance, the Core i9-12900K outperforms the Core i9-11900K by up to 50%, but mostly in the 10-20% range across various popular games. However, when compared to AMD’s top-end CPU at the moment, the Ryzen 9 5950X, the 12900K outperforms it most of the time, and can even offer up to 30% better performance in CPU-heavy games:
What do you think? Are you excited for Intel Alder Lake? How do you feel about the specs, pricing, and performance above? Which CPU are you most interested in? Let us know your thoughts!