Intel’s new Alder Lake faster than the M1 Max – but it comes at a price

When Apple introduced its new Macbook Pro, it made no secret that the M1 Pro and M1 Max are sometimes slower than their toughest competitors.

Now the first Geekbench 5 results have been released for Intel’s recently launched, 12th generation Alder Lake series – and the new Intel chips are faster than Apple’s worst.

The first results in Geekbench 5 for the new Core i9-12900K, a 16-core processor with eight high-performance cores, as well as eight more efficient cores, show that the Intel worsting is about 1.5 times faster than the M1 Pro and M1 Max in multi-threaded tests . The writes Macrumors.

The big difference from Apple’s processors is the energy cost at which this is done. The Core i9 plug uses 125 watts at base clock frequency, and up to 241 watts at maxed out Turbo Boost. The Apple chip is significantly more economical than that, even at the highest load.

An important addition here that the Alder Lake chip Intel has shown is about desktop-rated plugs, while the M1 Pro and M1 Max respectively sit in a laptop.

The comparison is still relevant, at least for Apple, as the company is expected to use the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chip in its upcoming 27-inch Imac model. It thus shows how far Apple can go with its “laptop chips” even in desktop hardware.

For those interested, Anandtech has published more comparisons between the different processors.