Over the weekend, SiSoftware compiled a small performance preview of Intel’s Core i9-12900K Alder Lake processor-based benchmark submissions to its database. The company eventually took down the preview, but not before hardware detective Tum_Apisak managed to take a screenshot of the entire blog post.
Alder Lake is Intel’s first heterogeneous desktop platform, which combines high-performance Golden Cove cores and power-efficient Gracemont cores in the same package. Therefore, the operating system’s scheduler has the important job of assigning the appropriate core to a given workload. This is where Microsoft’s Windows 11 with its improved scheduler comes in. But SiSoftware has already made the necessary changes to the company’s Sandra software to support hybrid processors, such as Alder Lake. Therefore, users can properly test Alder Lake outside of Windows 11.
That said, SiSoftware didn’t provide the complete specifications of the test systems. There weren’t many benchmark results for the Core i9-12900K, so it’s too early tp draw any conclusions. More importantly, the company admitted that there is still much optimization work to be done in order to fully exploit Alder Lake’s computing potential. Therefore, we recommend you take the following results with a pinch or two of salt.