Intel Alder Lake desktop chips beat Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max in benchmarks but use significantly more power



Apple launched its new M1 Pro and M1 Max-powered chips with the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros last month. New machines have taken the internet by storm in terms of performance and power consumption. The new MacBook Pro models were launched as part of Apple’s transition from Intel chips to its custom silicon. Today Intel unveiled its next-generation Alder Lake processors for desktop which appear to beat Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max in benchmarks. However, the massive performance boost comes at a cost – it uses a lot more power.

Intel is back in the game as the Core i9-12900K outperforms the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Pro chips housed in the new MacBook Pro models

To be precise, Intel has released six new processors geared towards desktop computers, including the high-end Core i9-12900K. It is a 16-core chip with eight performance cores and eight efficiency cores. While Intel’s new 12th generation processors are aimed at desktop computers, it’s still interesting to see how the benchmark performance Core i9-12900K beats Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in MacBook Pro models. The comparison is quite interesting because Apple is expected to launch its 27-inch iMac with the same processors next year.

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Intel Core i9-12900K chip beats Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max in benchmarks

In terms of benchmark performance, the Intel Core i9-12900K is almost 1.5 times faster than Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max processors in the multi-core Geekbench test. Core i9 chips offer an average multi-core score of 18,500 so far and AnandTech also shared his set of references for more details.

While Intel’s Alder Lake Core i9-12900K chips beat Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in benchmarks, they come with a higher power consumption cost. Newer Intel processors use up to 125W of base power frequencies and 241W with Turbo Boost. Similar to the Core i9-12900K, the Core i7-12700K beats Apple’s M1 Pro chip in landmarks but again, it also uses more power. Although these are desktop chips, the higher power consumption wouldn’t be much of an issue. However, given that Apple aims to use its chips in its desktop iMac next year, we’ll have to see how the benchmarks stack up.

Intel Core i9-12900K chip beats Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max in benchmarks

Overall, Apple achieved peak performance per watt that costs significantly less than its Intel Mac Pro. The new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips beat Apple’s 12-core Intel Mac Pro with a base cost of $ 6,999. We will share more details on the benchmarks as soon as we have more information.

What do you think about the fact that Intel Core i9-12900K beats Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Mac chips in multi-core benchmarks? Let us know in the comments.



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