New Intel i7 Performance Test

This is the performance of Intel’s new i7 processor, is it a surprise or a disappointment?

Although the twelfth-generation Intel Core i7s have not yet been launched on the market, one thing we do know is that they are fully completed since quality samples have been available for weeks and they have a release date and we already know how they perform. The last one whose performance we know is the Core i7-12700 under Geekbench. Has Intel managed to meet expectations?

Measuring the performance of any CPU based on a heterogeneous architecture of two types of cores is tricky, to say the least, because it is dependent on how the operating system distributes threads to the hardware. And, as we reported a few days ago, Alder Lake will include two types of CPU cores. As a result, its performance outcomes are variable.

Render Intel Alder Lake

In particular, Intel has developed Thread Director, a method of assigning work to different cores that is a combination of hardware and software and is more efficient than the standard methodology, which did not produce satisfactory results in Lakefield. Despite the hardware upgrades in Alder Lake, it is still dependent on the operating system. To see Alder Lake CPUs in all their splendor, we’ll have to wait for the final, optimized version of Windows 11.

This is the Geekbench performance of the Intel Core i7-12700

Since the final version of the various CPUs based on Intel’s Alder Lake architecture is currently available, they are gradually appearing in benchmarks. This provides us with information not only about their performance but also about their technical specs. The CPU tested in this example is the Intel Core i7-12700K. According to the benchmark data, its base clock speed is 2.1 GHz and its highest clock speed is 4879 MHz. However, we must keep in mind that the CPU contains two types of cores, and we do not know which of them is being measured by the benchmark.

Geekbench 5 12700K

In terms of Geekbench 5 performance, the Intel Core i7-12700 receives 1595 points in the single core test, a figure that is disappointing when compared to its direct predecessor in the same benchmark, the i7-11700, which received 1633 points. We must remember that Intel, like AMD, has pursued the same approach with its new CPUs, improving IPC generation after generation, which should be reflected in these performance tests.

On the other hand, when all CPU cores are used, we achieve 10170 points, a 15% improvement over the i7-11700. It’s interesting that the result is so low when Atom cores are included. We’re not sure if Geekbench considers these.

What about AMD’s offerings? In comparison to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, it performs 5% worse on single core and 2% worse on multicore, which is rather disappointing, but keep in mind that this CPU is not yet available for purchase, so there is still opportunity for development.

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