Test: Alder Lake Intel i9-12900K and i5-12600K

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Synthetic benchmarks:

Let’s start with a series of synthetic tests that we use regularly. We have opted for the CPU scores of the 3DMark benchmark series. The idea is to isolate only the CPU score by making using the custom test feature.

Here are the results obtained in Fire Strike and Time Spy. In Fire Strike, whether it is for the “standard” or “ultra” version of the software, the physics test, which assess CPU performance, is identical. As a result, you will only see the Fire Strike score. However, for Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme, the tests are different, so you will get both scores.

CPU score in Fire Strike :

Let’s start with 3DMark Fire Strike, which is one of the most used benchmarks today. It consists of two graphics tests, a CPU test and a fourth test that combines GPU and CPU at the same time. Don’t forget to disable the demo before launching the test, as it does not add anything in the final score, and makes the run longer for nothing other than making it longer, which has no use for us.

This first CPU score in Fire Strike sets things straight with the first place awarded to the i9-12900K ! This is the first and the only Intel processor that has been able to take the lead over the top three Ryzen CPUs.

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Time Spy CPU Score :

The second test is 3DMark Time Spy. Although this one is running in 1440p, it has the particularity of using DirectX 12. It consists of two graphics tests and a CPU test. Just like with Fire Strike, don’t forget to disable the demo. These first two benchmarks are provided by UL Benchmark.

We have to admit that we have done the test several times to make sure nothing was wrong. Yes, as you can see we are well over 19K points for the i9-12900K leaving the other processors far behind, very far behind.

Time Spy Extreme CPU Score :

The second test is 3DMark Time Spy Extreme. Although this one is done in 2160p, it has the particularity of using DirectX 12. It consists of two graphics tests and a CPU test. Just like with Fire Strike, don’t forget to disable the demo.

This latest CPU score confirms once more the trend, the i9-12900K is the new king of the 3DMark benchmarks due to its almost insulting performance. We can’t wait to put it under some cold now.