Intel vs. Apple’s 12th Gen Core runs higher than M1 Pro but has lower energy efficiency

Intel vs. Apple’s 12th Gen Core runs higher than M1 Pro but has lower energy efficiency

The current running score data ranking of the geekbench website

Sina Digital News on the morning of November 8th, Intel launched its first 12th-generation Core processor “Alder Lake” last week, and some foreign media compared it with Apple’s latest chip.

First of all, this is not a fair test, because the 12th-generation Core is the processor for desktop computers (there is no mobile version yet), but as the strongest voice of the traditional camp, people are still happy to see it with the latest products of Apple’s M series comparison.

Geekbench 5 benchmark results for the Core i9-12900K show that the processor is nearly 1.5 times faster than the M1 Pro and M1 Max in terms of multi-core performance. Specifically, the Core i9 processors have averaged around 18,500 multi-core scores so far, while the M1 Pro and M1 Max have averaged around 12,500.

AnandTech shared additional benchmarks to gain further insight into performance.

While the Core i9 processor is much faster than the M1 Pro and M1 Max, it also consumes significantly more power than Apple’s chips, hitting 125W at base frequency and up to 241W at Turbo.

Intel’s 12th-gen Core i7-12700K also appeared to be faster than the M1 Pro and M1 Max in the Geekbench 5 results, but was also more power-hungry.

This result is in line with expectations. Although Apple advertises that its chip is powerful, it also emphasizes that its “energy efficiency ratio” is high, that is, it does more things with the same energy consumption, which further reduces heat generation. And because of Apple’s closed ecology, these chips can only serve Apple products.

Intel is expected to release 12th-generation Core processors for laptops in early 2022, including the high-end Core i9-12900K, a 16-core chip with eight performance cores and eight efficiency cores. Apple is also expected to use its own M1 Pro and M1 Max chips for future iMac product lines. The battle between the two will continue in the future.

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