The processor that appeared in the UserBenchmark database appears to be an engineering sample from Alder Lake S which has 16 cores and 24 threads. This means that the chip houses 8 cores Golden Cove (with their 16 corresponding threads) and 8 cores Gracemont (in this case without HyperThreading so they have 8 threads and that’s why they total 24 and not 32 in total) and you have 30 MB L3 cache.
The first Intel Alder Lake-S processor, paired with the Core i9-11900K
These specs of the engineering sample that appeared in UserBenchmark are quite close to what the Core i9-12900K processor should have, although the clock speeds collected by the software mark 3.05 GHz, which may mean that ‘this is a variant and not the final processor (which is why we are treating it as an engineering sample), although it could also be the Core i9-12900 (sin K).
The base clocks (1.8 GHz) and the Boost (3.05 GHz) are quite weak compared to the CPU Rocket Lake which increase their speed beyond the 5 GHz in many cases, even if at this stage it is quite logical because, let us remember, these processors have not yet seen the light of day and Intel should still be in the development phase of their operation.
We know from recent reports that Intel Alder Lake-S desktop samples will be available soon; Regarding the performance of this particular engineering sample, the single base score reaches 112 points while the result obtained in the multithreaded test reaches 1724 points; the problem with UserBenchmark is that it is only good to compare if it is done with processors from the same manufacturer, so it doesn’t make much sense at the moment to compare with the performance results obtained in AMD Ryzen processors
Compared to the Core i9-11900K, this i9-12900K gets virtually the same score in the multi-core test, although it certainly loses by far in the single-core test. The same goes for the Core i9-10900K in the single-core tests, but the Alder Lake-S chip is also outclassed in this regard in the multi-core test, largely because, as noted above, it seems to work. at a much lower frequency, but also because the test was performed on a preliminary platform (yes, with DDR5 RAM at 4800 MHz).
Promising data from this i9-12900K and its performance despite a low GHz
We can certainly expect performance to improve a bit with the Business processors Intel will hit the market in a few months as they will already be running at a speed comparable to the processors the manufacturer now has on the streets and obviously we will see much higher performance.
Intel Alder Lake processors and desktop platform are expected to Z690 are launched on October 27 and will be the first conventional consumer platform to use technologies PCIe 5.0 Yes DDR5 with a new approach to hybrid architecture, something Microsoft has already optimized for its new operating system Windows 11 which will also see the light of day very soon.