If the rumors are true, Intel’s Elder Lake release is almost a month away, and that means more and more benchmarks start leaking. This time around, the high-end Intel Core i9-12900K processor was put through several synthetic and in-game benchmarks, giving us an idea of how the processor would perform while gaming.
It passed the test with flying colors, possibly securing its position on any future list of the best processors for gaming.
comes from one of the latest benchmarks enthusiastic citizens, a member of the Chinese social media platform Bilibili. The leaker tested the Intel Core i9-12900K with an AMD Radeon RX 6600. In addition to the recently released Radeon GPU, the test platform features DDR5-3886 memory, which looks like a basic CPU cooler, and an ASRock Z690 motherboard. There is no case included in this setup, so the processor gets plenty of airflow.
The leaker ran synthetic tests using benchmark programs and then also tested the CPU in a few different games. Synthetic performance was measured using 3DMark Time Spy and Fire Strike. These tests were great for Intel’s latest CPUs, as the processor scored 17,915 in 3DMark Time Spy and 41,477 in Fire Strike Ultra.
Comparing it to current-generation processors from both AMD and Intel puts the new Core i9-12900K in a brighter light. The closest contender in 3DMark Time Spy is the Core i9-10900K, which scored 14,026 points, with the Ryzen 9 5950X closing at 13,780.
It looks like the new Elder Lake will shine in gaming as well, although the edge over AMD is much smaller. running forza horizon 4 Windows 11 produces 193 frames per second (fps) at 1080p. The leaker tested the same game on a Ryzen 9 5950X rig, which resulted in 189 fps. This test was done on Windows 10, which makes sense, considering the fact that Windows 11 actually slows down the gaming performance of AMD processors.
The processor was also benchmarked rainbow six siege (252 fps at 1080p) and shadow of the tomb raider (112 fps at 1080p). These tests were only done on the Elder Lake system, so we don’t have anything to compare these results with right now.
With the specifications and price range the Intel Core i9-12900K is likely to end up with, it’s no surprise that it could turn out to be a true gaming beast. The CPU will come with 16 cores and 24 threads. Eight of its cores will be performance cores with 16 threads, and the remaining eight will be efficiency cores with eight threads. It will also have 30MB L3 cache.
Intel Elder Lake is set to launch in early November, though the exact date is still a rumour. In addition, we’ll see a number of new 600-series motherboards being released with the new LGA1700 socket, as well as DDR5 RAM.