Intel is generally known to launch a binned overclocked version of its flagship SKU some time after a desktop lineup is out in the wild. As such, the company is also planning to do the same with its 12th Gen Alder Lake-S too. A Reddit user Seby9123 has obtained a 5.2Ghz all-core Core i9-12900KS and the processor has put out impressive numbers on Cinebench R23. If you remember, Reddit user Seby9123 is also the same user who had obtained the Core i9-12900K early.
Cinebench is a rendering application and is heavily-multithreaded, and for the longest time, AMD Ryzen CPUs have dominated these types of workloads. However, the Redditor's 12900KS is able to outperform the 16 core, 32 thread (16C/32T) AMD Zen 3 flagship Ryzen 9 5950X in the multi-threaded test too, beating it by around 9% (via Tom's Hardware). The i9-12900KS has scored 29,164 compared to the 5950X's 26,715.
Moving over to the single-threaded benchmark, the Ryzen 9 5950X does much worse here as the i9-12900KS's IPC paired with the 5.2GHz clock speed is enough to over-power the Ryzen by nearly 30%.
Overall, it doesn't look too good for AMD now in the high end though the company has launched several entry-level and mid-range Ryzen 5000 and 4000 parts. The 3D V-cache equipped Ryzen 75800X3D could also be an interesting context as the chip is said to be 15% faster than current high-end Ryzen parts. In fact, according to VideoCardz, the retailer ShopBLT has confirmed that the Core i-12900KS is also launching on the same date as the 5800X3D.
Update from ShopBLT, a retailer that has been selling i9-12900KS before the release.— VideoCardz.com (@VideoCardz) March 17, 2022
Apparently, Intel has now set the sale embargo to April 20th. The same day Ryzen 7 5800X3D launches 🤔🙃
Picture from our reader Krypt. pic.twitter.com/moT99YNA17
If true, we are set to see two behemoths clash against one another on the same day.