Intel plans to officially reveal its new Alder Lake CPUs later today, and the first gaming benchmarks for the Intel Core i9 12900K have been leaked online.
These benchmarks come straight from Intel, so take them with a grain of salt. After all, it’s always best to wait for third-party benchmarks from tech websites.
With this out of the way, Intel claims that the Intel Core i9 12900K is faster than the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in most of the games it tested. Now I say “in most” because this new CPU is on par with AMD’s CPU in Crysis Remaster. Not only that, but the 12900K appears to be slightly slower in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This is the first time I’ve seen official first-party graphs (from either Intel or AMD) in which the company’s CPU does not win all tests. So I guess… kudos to Intel?
We can also see that games using mostly one CPU core/thread will run better on the Intel Core i9 12900K. After all, Age of Empires IV and Far Cry 6 are two games that rely heavily on one CPU core/thread.
Lastly, you can find below the official MSRP prices for all of Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs.