Intel i9 VS Ryzen 9

Without Windows 11, the new Intel i9 CPU will not surpass AMD CPUs!

A new front seems to open before AMD and although they were aware of what was to come with their rival, the first data are quite encouraging in terms of competition. And it is once again that the new i9-12900K has made an appearance under the Z690 chipset with an ASUS motherboard, where it has been compared with the current top of the range of AMD (Ryzen 9 5950X) and its predecessor i9-11900K. 

Will the jump be worth it, will the Alder Lake architecture fulfill what it promised, how will the fight i9-12900K vs 5950X be? Surprisingly, and without understanding how, the guys at Puget Systems have gotten their hands on the greatest CPU of Intel’s new generation as well as an ASUS board to put Intel’s new 16-core beast to the test. The question is whether the Alder Lake architecture will be competitive on Windows 10.

A leap compared to Rocket Lake, but not the expected one?

Let’s start with the numbers, because it’s quite intriguing to see what Intel’s new architecture and CPU can perform in a circumstance where its immediate competitors have an advantage. Puget Systems has offered two distinct graphs to illustrate the After Effects score, and while it is not what we all expected, it is certainly intriguing to watch a first “round” between the three contestants.

In the Score Breakdown, we can observe that the i9-11900K is quite competitive against its AMD rival: 130.1 / 123.6 / 210.7 versus 133.5 /131.8 / 209.1. As we can see, the differences are minor, favoring AMD’s CPU in general, but things change with Alder Lake.


What we find is that, while the new i9-12900K is not as competitive as its rivals in tracking Score, it is slightly ahead in Render Score and RAM Preview Score, which is not surprising, but don’t you think that’s too little a GAP for the adjustments introduced by Intel?

Benchmark Comparison: Intel i9 vs Ryzen 9

The overall benchmark score reveals the following details: The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X scored 1575 points, whereas the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X scored 1581 points. The question then is simple: why is there such a low score and improvement?

As with everything, there is an explanation, albeit it will undoubtedly not be to everyone’s liking and leaves many questions unanswered. Despite having DDR5-4800 MHz memory and a capable board, such as the ASUS E Gaming series with the finest chipset available for the platform, the tests were carried out under Windows 10.


This happened before the debut of Rocket Lake, when Intel provided fresh microcode for their CPUs just three days before the presentation, increasing performance. The issue has deteriorated significantly, since the operating system has a lot to say, and obviously, Windows 10 is not the greatest scenario for evaluating if we are one, two, or three steps ahead of Intel.

On the other hand, it is a fair comparison, but we fear that the leap towards Windows 11 is inevitable in no more than a year from now by the companies, which are “forcing the change”.

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