The CPU that has appeared in the UserBenchmark database appears to be an engineering sample from Alder Lake S that has 16 cores and 24 threads. This means that the chip houses 8 cores Golden cove (with their corresponding 16 threads) and 8 cores Gracemont (in this case without HyperThreading, so they have 8 threads and that’s why they add up to 24 and not 32 in total) and you have 30MB L3 cache.
The first Intel Alder Lake-S CPU, paired with the Core i9-11900K
These technical specifications of the engineering sample that has appeared in UserBenchmark are quite close to what the Core i9-12900K processor should have, although the clock speeds collected by the software mark 3.05 GHz, which may mean that it is about of a variant and not of the final CPU (which is why we treat it as an engineering sample), although it could also be the Core i9-12900 (without K).
Both the base clocks (1.8 GHz) and the Boost (3.05 GHz) are quite low compared to the Rocket Lake CPU that increase their speed beyond the 5 GHz in many cases, although at this point it is quite logical because, remember, these processors have not yet seen the light and Intel should be in the phase of fine-tuning their operation yet.
We know from recent reports that Intel Alder Lake-S desktop samples will be available soon; Regarding the performance of this particular engineering sample, the single core score reaches 112 points while the result obtained in the multi-thread test reaches 1,724 points; the problem with UserBenchmark is that it is only good to compare if it is done with CPUs from the same manufacturer, so it does not make much sense at the moment to compare with the performance results obtained in AMD Ryzen CPUs. Here you have a brief performance comparison with other Intel chips.
Compared to the Core i9-11900K, this i9-12900K scores practically the same in the multi-core test, although it does lose by far in the single-core test. The same is true of the Core i9-10900K in the single-core tests, but the Alder Lake-S chip is also outperformed in this respect in the multi-core test, due in large part to the fact that as discussed earlier it appears to be working. at a much lower frequency, but also because the test was carried out on a preliminary platform (yes, with DDR5 RAM at 4,800 MHz).
Promising data of this i9-12900K and its performance despite having little GHz
We can definitely expect performance to improve quite a bit with the Commercial CPUs Intel will launch on the market in a few months, since they will already work at a speed comparable to that of the processors that the manufacturer has now on the street and obviously we will see a much higher performance.
Intel Alder Lake desktop CPUs and platform are expected to Z690 are launched on the market on October 27, and will be the first conventional consumer platform to use technologies PCIe 5.0 Y DDR5 along with a new approach to hybrid architecture, something Microsoft has already optimized for its new operating system Windows 11 which will also see the light very soon.