A few days ago, many tech junkies had to smile out loud when Intel&s new CEO Pat Gelsinger remarked that he hoped to win Apple back as a CPU customer in the future. His announcement that Intel would overtake AMD again with Alder Lake also spoke volumes. Finally, he also indirectly admitted for the first time that AMD has technically overtaken Intel in the last few years.
But the first benchmark leaks actually show fantastic numbers for Intel&s upcoming notebook processor, which is supposed to be available in stores at the beginning of November. The latest and most extensive results from Usman Pirzada has summarized Igor&s Lab.
And there, the upcoming Core i9 12900HK clearly outperforms both the Apple M1 Max and AMD&s mobile flagship Ryzen 5980HX in Cinebench. And that in both the single-core and multi-core scores. Thus, Apple will probably only wear its performance crown for the fastest laptop CPU for a very short time.
However, there are still some unanswered questions until the actual tests: Above all those of efficiency. Because Intel&s newest processor should achieve its performance primarily with high power consumption (which is why older readers may feel reminded of Intel&s Netburst days here).
According to other sources, Intel&s Core i9 12900HK should get extremely hot at high performance, which is probably why it can only achieve these results over a longer period of time when very well cooled. Specifically installed in a laptop case, there might be many models that can only run the new CPU throttled. The battery runtime also becomes a big question mark.
The big leap over AMD could also be due to the new Windows 11 scheduler. AMD&s processors still run much slower under the new operating system than under Windows 10 without a patch.
And last but not least, it is rumored that AMD does not want to let the butter be taken off its bread and will also push its stacked-cache Ryzen processors in these performance regions in January.
The most important tests should bring some light into the fog by mid-November at the latest, whereby we are already very pleased that Intel is obviously not giving up the x86 field without a fight. Because we can finally expect significant performance leaps with the next processor generations from AMD, Apple and Intel. Finally, the CPU market will be exciting again.
However, it is still exciting to see how much demand Intel will be able to meet with its new processors. The 10nm++ process (which is now called "Intel 7") did not run smoothly until recently and achieved much lower yields with 10nm+ than Intel&s last 14nm generation.