The different programs that our CPUs execute are pieces of sequential code, however there are parts of them that can be executed in parallel and whose execution time is accelerated when there are several cores in unison, but in general all programs have a part that they can only be run serially and are therefore dependent on a single processor. That is why it is important to increase the computational capacity alone with each new architecture.
Taking advantage of an Intel resting on its laurels, as in the fable of the hare and the tortoise, AMD’s strategy is to increase the IPC with its Zen cores to increase their performance. Intel’s reaction to it? Use the same approach and also increase the CPI per core, which will continue with the Core Gen 12 based on the Alder Lake architecture, therefore, a few weeks after its appearance, the first single-thread benchmarks of the i9-12900K under CPU-Z appear.
Intel 12900K crushes AMD 5950X in single thread
No, it is not something that we have taken out of the hat, but it is the information that a user of the Chinese forum Bilibili and who is lucky to have one of the quality samples that were launched on the black market a few weeks ago at high price. The quality samples are already finished versions and with all the complete specifications, but with the difference that they are not part of the first commercial shipment, but one that is previously sent to assemblers and manufacturers so that they can test the compatibility of their plates. base.
Well, said user has compared his AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with the Intel Core i9-12900K in the single wire benchmark what includes CPU-Z and the results are very favorable to the processor of the blue brand. Specifically his P-Core, formerly known as Golden Cove, gets 825 points in the single-wire test and therefore is 1.27 times faster than the AMD CPU, which under the same test gets 648 points.
What if confirmed through other benchmarks would mean that compared to core to core the new Intel processor is more powerful. In any case, it must be taken into account that the next generation of Intel combines high-performance cores with high-efficiency cores, in which the latter do not have the processing power of the former.
However, we cannot forget that although the i9-12900K configuration is 16 cores, only 8 of them are P-Cores and therefore we cannot rule out that CPUs like AMD’s 5950X continue to have the crown in the tests of performance in which multiple cores work in unison.