Intel's New Processor Beats Out Apple's M1 Max Chip

A new benchmark has been set by Intel’s Core i9-12900K (Alder Lake) chipset

Intel’s new Core i9-12900K processor is reportedly faster than Apple’s M1 ARM chip. 

According to a report from Wccftech, Intel’s new processors, known as Alder Lake, performed faster on standardized benchmark tests than the Apple M1 Max processor. Intel’s Core i9 scored higher than Apple’s chip in overall performance and was 14.5% faster than the previous Core i9 11980HK chip. 

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The new chip was tested on the latest Windows 11, which Wccftech notes was built with Intel's new Thread Director technology in mind, so the Core i9-12900K runs optimally on it more so than any other processor. 

A retail listing from Micro Center leaked the specs of the chip last week, as first spotted by The Verge. These include a 3.2GHz operating frequency, a turbo speed of 5.2GHz, 16 cores, 24 threads, and 30MB of L3 cache. The listing also details a thermal power of 125W, support for DDR5 memory, and PCIe Gen 5.

In comparison, Apple’s M1 Max specs include only 10 cores, but have the same 32-core GPU as Intel’s processor, as well as 64GB of unified memory. 

And even though Intel’s latest processor hasn’t even officially launched yet, it’s already generating a lot of buzz. Last week, it was reported that a Reddit user was able to buy two of the Core i9-12900K processors for $610 each, and posted photos of the packaging they received.

Intel is expected to launch the Core i9-12900K processor during its event on Thursday. Shipping for the processors is expected to begin on November 4, but that has not yet been confirmed.

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