Intel’s 12th Generation Alder Lake processors will soon see the light of day this Fall 2021. It appears that the flagship Core i9-12900K (via HXL) may give AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X a run for its money in gaming, according to the latest Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks. The hybrid chip had previously bested the Ryzen 9 5950X in Geekbench 5, too.
Thanks to early retailer listings, the Core i9-12900K’s specifications are already out there. The Alder Lake processor is expected to wield 16 cores in total, eight high performance Golden Cove cores and eight energy-efficient Gracemont cores. The 125W chip’s other specifications include 30MB of L3 cache, a 3.2 GHz base clock and 5.2 GHz boost clock.
AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X, on the other hand, sports 16 Zen 3 cores with simultaneous multithreading (SMT) at 3.4 GHz with a boost clock speed of 4.9 GHz. The 105W processor also has 64MB of L3 cache at its disposal. On paper, AMD’s chip seems to have the advantage since it’s working with full-fledged Zen 3 cores whereas the Core i9-12900K has to work with just eight Golden Cove cores.