Intel Core i9-12900HK: 14 core and 20 thread processor pulls no punches with the Apple M1 Max in leaked Geekbench listing
One of Intel's most powerful Alder Lake-P processors has turned up on Geekbench. Unfortunately, we cannot verify the result's authenticity, so we must rely on a screenshot obtained by Wccftech. As Primemate Labs explains in a blog post, Geekbench will no longer show pre-release benchmark results on its public database. Hence, it is no more difficult to view engineering and qualification samples (ES/QS), or retail hardware that has not yet come to market.
Nonetheless, Wccftech has got its hands on a Core i9-12900HK result, presumably from a closed benchmark. According to Geekbench, the Core i9-12900HK has 14 cores and 20 threads, denoting six performance and hyper-threaded cores and eight energy-efficient ones. The benchmarking suite also reports that the processor has a 2.9 GHz base clock, although its 371 MHz boost clock will be incorrect. Intel's HK series have unlocked boost clock speeds, for reference.
Incidentally, the Core i9-12900HK handily outperforms all its contemporaries in Geekbench 5.4.1 Pro. As Wccftech discusses, the Alder Lake processor outscores its predecessor by 14.5% in the single-core benchmark and 44.8% in the multi-core one. Similarly, the Core i9-12900HK eases past AMD's Ryzen 9 5980HX to the tune of 22.9% in single-core work and 61.3% in the multi-core equivalent.
Moreover, the Core i9-12900HK enjoys approximately a 3% lead over the highest scoring Apple M1 Max result, so far. Undoubtedly, the M1 Max will be the more power-efficient of the two processors. However, it is encouraging to see that Intel will be bringing some powerful chips to the market soon and ones that will probably compete with next-generation AMD APUs, too.