As we anticipate the launch of Intel‘s non-K (locked) series of Alder Lake desktop processors, another leak surrounding one of the SKUs has surfaced. Just yesterday, we covered the i5 and i3 SKUs in a Ryzen-beating benchmark, and it looks like today is no different. The SKU in question is the Core i7-12700F and we have some Geekbench scores to analyze today that put it above its AMD counterparts.
The leaks come courtesy of Benchleaks on Twitter who discovered the scores today.
[GB5 CPU] Unknown CPU
CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F (12C 20T)
Min/Max/Avg: 4819/4881/4858 MHz
Codename: Alder Lake
CPUID: 90672 (GenuineIntel)
Scores, vs AMD 5800X
Single: 1849, +7.0%
Multi: 11277, +5.0%https://t.co/dNP8txBniW
— Benchleaks (@BenchLeaks) December 25, 2021
Core i7-12700F Specs
For those out of the loop, the Core i7-12700F is an 12 core, 20 thread processor with 8 of those cores being Golden Cove Performance Cores and the other 4 Gracemont Efficiency Cores. These high-performance and high-efficiency cores work in tandem to provide the best balance of power possible. This is, of course, a non-K Alder Lake chip as it’s not overclockable like its brother, the 12700K.
The CPU has a base clock speed of 2.1Ghz with a boost clock of upto 4.9Ghz. As for the price, the leak earlier this week suggests that this exact SKU will be priced at $330 while the non-F version will go for $30 more. Moreover, the 12700F will have a 65W TDP and 25MB of L3 cache.
The Geekbench Scores
Before we actually look at the scores, it’s important to note that the CPU was tested on an ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WiFi D4 motherboard, the “D4” indicates that this is the DDR4 version. We don’t know what GPU was used for the test but we do know that 32GB of 3200Mhz DDR4 memory was paired with CPU. Interestingly enough, the Balanced power plan was used inside Windows 10 to conduct this testing which could mean that this isn’t even the full potential of the 12700F.
The 12700F managed to net 1,849 points in the Single-Core test and 11,277 points in the Multi-Core test. That’s an impressive feat considering the price of the CPU. Those scores put the 12700F roughly 10% ahead of the Ryzen 7 5800X’s average score. You need to remember here that the i7 is a full $80 cheaper than the 5800X yet performs slighly better in both single-core and multi-core tests.
The real kicker here is that the single-core score here is actually higher than even that of the Ryzen 9 5950X. That’s right, AMD’s flagship behemoth of a chip has a lower single-core Geekbench score (1,691 vs 1,849) than a $330 mid-range offering from Intel. Once again, this is with the Balanced power plan so just imagine what the full power of this cheap can unleash.
These benchmarks give us a good idea of the performance delta this chip will bring and how it has the potential to certainly steal the crown back from AMD, beating it at its own game. The Core i7-12700F will launch with the other non-K Alder Lake processors at CES 2022 in January. If you want to check out the detailed specs and pricing of each SKU, you can check our earlier coverage here.