One of the best things about the CPU war between Intel and AMD is how the two companies are already encouraging their game development, and a new benchmark leak of the 12th-generation Intel Core i9-12900K processor from Alder Lake suggests Team Blue could be on the winner.
Benchmarks, posted on Twitter (see below) and reported by Toms Hardware, appear to show an Intel Core i9-12900K, paired with an Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics card, overall outperforming the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, the leading consumer processor of AMD which will be the main competitor to the i9, which is paired with an AMD Radeon RX 5700XT GPU.
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From this screenshot, it shows that the Intel Core i9-12900K system scores significantly higher than the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. In other results posted online for the 1440p Ashes of The Singularity benchmark, where the Intel Core i9-12900K and AMD Ryzen 9 5950X were paired with an RTX 3080 GPU, the Intel setup scored 14000, while the AMD 10100 setup scored — a difference of about 38.6%.
That’s a pretty big difference in performance, and if the results are real (which is a big “if” at the moment, since these results are for an unreleased and unverified CPU), then the Intel Core i9-12900K could crush AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Unbroken – Good news for Intel and bad news for AMD.
This isn’t the first time that leaked benchmarks have shown an Intel Core i9-12900K outperforming the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, as the Geekbench results also point to a huge performance advantage for Intel’s Alder Lake chip.
Another user on Twitter also pointed out Ashes from a single benchmark leak that showed an Intel Core i9-12900K with RTX 3080 GPU beating an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with an RTX 3090 GPU. This is particularly interesting because it shows that even with the advantage of a more powerful GPU, the AMD chip couldn’t beat the Intel Core i9-12900K.
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A clear pattern emerges, then, of the Intel Core i9-12900K easily beating the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, which could give Intel a big boost in many people’s estimations, as AMD was recently the flavor of the month for many thanks to its popular Ryzen 5000 series processors.
Analysis: Game over for AMD? not exactly
If those benchmarks are accurate, Intel could take a real hit with the Intel Core i9-12900K, and the rest of the upcoming Alder Lake lineup, and that could once again mean it has the best CPU performance for gamers.
This is the kind of positive news that Intel needs, as it is losing both market share and mind-sharing to AMD, after its rival had a well-received string of launches.
While this marks the resurgence of Intel, AMD is not done yet. Pricing will be key to Alder Lake’s success, and if Intel makes its CPUs too expensive, it could eliminate any potential performance benefits for many — and AMD has traditionally been stronger when it comes to its price-to-performance offering.
A recent price leak indicated the Intel Core i9-12900K would cost $610 (about £440, AU$830), which is certainly a bit pricey for a CPU, and is an increase over the suggested price of $549 (about £396, AU$748). Core i9-11900K is being replaced.
Meanwhile, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X launched at $799 (about £620, AU$1,100), which is significantly higher. However, since it’s been on hold for a while, there have been some price cuts, although a global chip shortage and pent-up demand have seen prices drop more slowly than usual.
These same factors may also mean that when the Intel Core i9-12900K launches, it will actually sell for a higher price than suggested in the latest leak.
This could lead to a situation where the Intel Core i9-12900K and AMD Ryzen 9 5950X cost roughly the same amount. If that happens, thanks to the performance feature that the leaks suggest, Intel can Is that true You hit AMD with Alder Lake.