CPU Benchmarks: Pre-Release Intel Alder Lake Chip Beats Apple's M1 Max


An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet:

The reign of Apple’s M1 SoC at the top of the Geekbench speed benchmarks may soon be over with the impending arrival of Intel’s 12th-generation Alder Lake mobile processors. Hardware site Wccftech appears to have been leaked Intel’s upcoming Core i9-12900HK mobile CPU, and has now revealed the first benchmarks. The results show Intel’s mobile CPU narrowly outperforming Apple’s flagship 10-core M1 Max, which also integrates a 32-core GPU and 64GB of unified memory.

In these latest tests, the Core i9-12900HK outperforms the M1 Max on both single-core and multi-core benchmarks. The margin is slim, but is important for Intel since Apple ditched its CPUs for its own designs in new MacBooks. Intel’s Alder Lake CPU didn’t beat the M1 Max by much, with respective single-core scores of 1851 and 1785. It beat the Core i9-11980HK and AMD’s top mobile CPU, the Ryzen 5980HX, by a bigger margin: the latter two CPUs saw scores of 1616 and 1506, respectively. In the multi-core benchmark, the Core i9-12900HK scored 13256 versus the M1 Max’s score of 12753. Again, it trounced AMD’s 5980HX, which scored 8217. Wccftech’s Alder Lake benchmarks were run using Windows 11, so it’s possible Thread Director’s hardware scheduling influenced the results.