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Intel Core i9-12900 somehow breaks UserBenchmark records on Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme board despite a 4.25 GHz boost and massive CPU throttling

Intel has implemented a hybrid architecture for Alder Lake consisting of performance cores and efficiency cores. (Image source: Intel/Asus - edited)
Intel has implemented a hybrid architecture for Alder Lake consisting of performance cores and efficiency cores. (Image source: Intel/Asus - edited)
An Intel Core i9-12900 Alder Lake chip has been spotted being tested on an Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard. The upcoming 16-core, 24-thread processor somehow managed to obliterate performance records on UserBenchmark, easily surpassing the average bench and 1-core scores of the Intel Core i9-11900K.

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It’s important to state from the outset that UserBenchmark is considered to be an extremely unreliable and controversial benchmark site with scoring that is clearly more favorable to Intel CPUs over AMD processors. Arguably, the interesting news here is the actual spot of an Intel Core i9-12900 being tested, revealing its clock rates to be base of 2.4 GHz and boost of 4.25 GHz, and the revelation of the Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme board. As the user in this case is based in Taiwan, it seems safe to presume someone from Asus accidentally leaked this result. The listing shows that the Z690 board supports 16 GB of DDR5 RAM (C8C1084S1UC48BAW model from the Micron Crucial brand) zipping along at 4.8 GHz.

The appearance of the Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme board flexing its DDR5-supporting muscles should please gamers who have an eye on the next round of Intel’s product offerings. However, it would be remiss to conclude this article without commenting on the UserBenchmark entry for the i9-12900, regardless of the howls of derision it might elicit. The 8C+8c/24T Alder Lake CPU managed to produce an overall average bench of 114%, a 1-core score of 214 points, 2-core 410 points, 4-core 813 points, and 8-core 1,497 points. The 12th Gen Intel chip managed all of this on a 4.25 GHz boost clock and with a reported CPU throttling rate of 92%. It's worth remembering that UserBenchmark's weighted points system handily favors single-core benchmark results over those of multi-core tests.

Those figures can be put into greater perspective by comparing them (for the sake of curiosity as opposed to accuracy) with the Intel Core i9-11900K and AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, which can be seen in the table posted below. Keep in mind, the Alder Lake CPU listing offers theoretically maximum scores whereas the Rocket Lake and Zen 3 parts are based on the average taken from thousands of tests. Funnily enough, some media outlets have reported that even more can be expected from the Intel Core i9-12900, which differs from the i9-12900K by having a lower published power requirement of 65 W TDP rather than 125 W TDP. As an engineering sample, the i9-12900 should receive some more refinements and tweaks before it’s ready for the consumer market, where no doubt future UserBenchmark listings will show it achieving even higher record-breaking figures.  

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Intel Core i9-12900 Intel Core i9-11900K AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Average bench 114% 109% 101%
1-core 214 points 187 points 160 points
2-core 410 points 370 points 316 points
4-core 813 points 700 points 608 points
8-core 1,497 points 1,245 points 1,196 points
64-core 2,510 points 1,740 points 2,920 points
Intel Core i9-12900 & Asus Z690. (Image source: UserBenchmark)
Intel Core i9-12900 & Asus Z690
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-09-29 (Update: 2021-09-29)