The next generation of Intel processors, Alder lake, will bring under its arm many and very notable novelties, since in addition to being the first generation of heterogeneous processors of the brand, it will also be the first family of CPUs that will debut the new generation of DDR5 RAM, which promises some big performance increases. All in all, that 10% -12% difference from current processors seems pretty small compared to what they initially promised.
Intel promises a 19% and only gives a 12% improvement in its gaming CPUs
As usual in recent times, the leak comes from the performance results database of the well-known benchmark Geekbench, in which an Intel Core i9-12900K processor (which will be the flagship of the generation) has performed significantly better than the current generation’s top-of-the-line desktop processor, the Core i9-11900K, but still below what Intel said at the beginning.
As you can see below, the performance increases range from 6% to 12.3%, but there is one thing to keep in mind and that is that the current generation 11900K is benefiting from the AVX-512 instruction set, something what the 12900K lacks, so in the end these performance improvements should be better. Specifically, Intel promised + 19% in ST, but all the leaks point to just over 2,000 points compared to the 1850 obtained by the current processor.
i9 12900K vs i9 11900K Geekbench 5
ST: 205x (+ 10%)
> FP: 21xx (+ 12.3%)
> INT: 17xx (+ 6%)
> FP: 1860
> INT 1600
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However, as we always say, this information must be taken with a grain of salt because it comes from a filter and there is absolutely nothing confirmed by Intel, or not even by the media. In addition, it must be borne in mind that at this time this generation of the blue giant’s processors is not yet in the commercial phase and, therefore, even if these results shown are true in the end, the products that will see the light and that we will be able to buy could have a different performance (for better or for worse).
In any case, and answering the question, the intergenerational performance increase is normal (what would be the point of launching new generations if not?), And this lower-than-expected performance increase could be due to multiple factors that obviously include the architecture improvements by Intel, and of course also the use of Next-generation DDR5 RAM with a not completely polished operation, because after all its performance is closely linked to the CPU and is something that is very noticeable in benchmarks of intensive use of the processor.
The i9-12900K promised performance to compete with AMD
We expect a lot from the next generation of Intel processors, but at the moment the results are being quite disappointing. The manufacturer himself was very optimistic when he spoke for the first time about Alder Lake, and in fact the theory says that they will be much more efficient processors than the current ones thanks to their heterogeneous cores (yes, more efficient does not necessarily mean that it has a better performance).
With Alder Lake, the semiconductor giant will debut the new generation DDR5 RAM for the first time, but for the moment the results that we are seeing leaked in this regard are not too promising. In any case, we insist, we are not yet in the commercial phase of these products and therefore we must wait for them to refine their operation to be able to talk about actual performance figures.