Earlier this week, prices and specs for all non-K Alder lake The desktop processor leaked and presented a very interesting picture. Intel I was finally reaching AMDThe throat, ready to recover what is left of the crown. Alder Lake already beat AMD when it comes to raw performance, but it only had high-end SKUs that were largely aimed at enthusiasts. The market needed a budget and conventional Alder Lake CPUs, and Intel, knowing full well they can shake the market, is about to introduce them at CES 2022.
Today, the first roundup of the benchmarks surrounding Unlocked Alder Lake Processors has emerged thanks to Enthusiastic citizen, via Chiphell. We have both synthetic and gaming benchmarks, along with some thermal numbers (temperatures and power consumption) to compare against AMD offerings. That’s right, the leaker was so considerate that they already tested AMD’s offerings for us against the unlocked Alder Lake Core. i3 Y i5 Intel SKU.
The benchmark for this performance review consisted of the same components between the AMD and Intel benchmarks, with only the motherboard and CPU being swapped. Enthusiastic citizen used 16 GB (8 × 2) of Apacer NOX DDR4-4266 memory paired with an AMD Radeon RX 6800. For Intel, ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4 was used, while the ASRock X570 Taichi was used to compare AMD processors. The cooling also remained the same in both.
I3 and i5 Specifications Summary
For detailed specifications on the i5 and i3 SKUs in question, you can check out our previous coverage that breaks down each variant. However, as a quick summary, i5-12400 is a 6 cores, 12 wires processor that only features Golden Performance Cores Cove and not him Gracemont efficiency Nuclei. It has a base clock speed of 3.0 Ghz with frequencies increasing up to 4.6 Ghz. The TDP is rated at 65W, which is exactly the same as the Ryzen 5 5600X, is a direct competitor. However, there is an important price difference since 5600X is $ 299 Meanwhile he 12400 it will supposedly be retailed for only $ 210 ($ 180 For him “F“Variant).
As for the i3 SKU, both the i3-12100 and i3-12300 were tested in these benchmarks against some Ryzen 3 SKU. Both SKUs will have 4 cores Y 8 wires with a 58W TDP, like the i5 models, these only have the Performance cores. The i3-12100 has a base clock of 3.3 GHz with an impulse watch of 4.3 GHz. On the other hand, the i3-12300 has a base clock of 3.4 GHz and a 4.4Ghz boost clock. The i3-12300 will be retailed $ 150 while variant F will go by ~ $ 120. Additionally, the i3-12100 will be priced at $ 140 for the standard version and $ 110 for variant F.
When we get to the landmarks, let’s first take a look at the synthetic performance. Right off the bat, Intel is essentially walking away with a clean sweep, as it meets or slightly exceeds its competitor Ryzen on all benchmarks, including Time spy Y Cinebench. As you can see from the attached photos below, the i5-12400 it’s about ~5% faster than him Ryzen 5 5600X with PBO activated. That’s a great win considering the almost fifty% price discrepancy between the two processors.
As to i3 SKU, it is even worse for AMD. The i3 12100 Y 12300 are placed directly against the Ryzen 5 5350G since it is the same 4 cores, 8 wires topology such as Intel SKUs. Core i3 SKUs absolutely decimate their Zen 3 counterparts with an average twenty% performance leadership across all benchmarks and a maximum gain of 26%. There is no single benchmark in which the difference is close. In fact, the 12100 and 12300 are almost side-by-side with each other to beat the 5350G.
Let’s talk about games now, and the story is a bit different here. In this category, AMD and Intel come and go with both networks 3 each one wins. In CS: GO, the Ryzen 5 5600X barely borders the 12600K but beats the i5-12400 by a healthy margin. However the i3-12100 and 12300 outperformed the Ryzen 5 5350G in the same test by about ~twenty%. The story continues with the i3 SKUs outperforming their competitors in every other game, but the i5 and Ryzen 5 trade-offs are good.
This is great news for budget gamers looking to invest in an entry-level CPU that won’t embarrass them by going for the cheapest option. The Alder Lake i3 SKUs are great value for money and lower the barrier to entry for budget games. At one point, the i3s were able to beat their Ryzen counterparts by up to fifty% And that’s nothing to scoff at And again, it’s important to note that the Ryzen SKU is actually the most expensive.
If you are an AMD advocate and were anticipating the efficiency benchmarks knowing that AMD has been the industry leader in this regard for a long time, well, you will be disappointed. Alder Lake is built with Intel’s 10 ESF process node that actually offers superior efficiency in the high-end and low-end segments, stealing AMD’s crown, even though its chips are built on a more technically advanced 7 nm process.
The nucleus i5-12400 consumes a maximum of 73W fully loaded at AIDA64 Meanwhile he Ryzen 5 5600X ends in 119W, that’s a ~ 61% lead in efficiency. However, i3 SKUs lose to the Ryzen 5 5350G as they consume 61-64W at maximum load compared to Ryzen 52.6 W. That difference in efficiency is much smaller, and you have to remember that the i3 performs significantly better, at the end of the day. Plus, as you’ll see, it’s a cooler chip too.
The last benchmark to review is temperatures. Plain and simple, AMD loses on all fronts here, which is surprising considering how hot the flagship is. i9-12900K it runs compared to its rivals. The i3 SKUs run on 61-62 ° C versus him Ryzen 5 5350G‘s 68 ° C. On the other hand, the i5-12400 it’s about 18 ° C cooler than him Ryzen 5 5600X with PBO activated. At its hottest, the i5 was running at 60 ° C while the 5600X reached up to 86 ° C in AIDA64.
In addition to this, a different fugue from the Vietnamese Voice forums have told us that the i5-12400 with its new stock cooler tested on 70-80 ° C at maximum load. The new boxed refrigerator that will come with everyone i3, i5, Y i7 The SKUs are said to be a considerable improvement over the e-waste stock cooler that Intel has been shipping with its processors for years. That probably helps rectify the thermal performance of the i5 SKU.
As you can see, the non-K Alder Lake list already looks like a winner. It brings a massive improvement over the previous generation Comet Lake processors, and it actually looks like this time around it’s giving AMD a run for its money. Intel is said to introduce these SKUs in CES 2022 with a likely day and date release considering how much these processors have been leaked. If not, wait for a release near the official announcement on January.
All image credits go to Enthusiastic citizen Y Bright chip.