Overall though, it’s no denying that Intel is now in the thick of it, or if I were to argue, the market leader. The nuances of the hybrid architecture are still nascent, so it will take time to discover where benefits will come, especially when we get to the laptop variants of Alder Lake. At a retail price of around $650, the Core i9-12900K ends up being competitive between the two Ryzen 9 processors, each with their good points. The only serious downside for Intel though is cost of switching to DDR5, and users learning Windows 11. That’s not necessarily on Intel, but it’s a few more hoops than we regularly jump through.
Competition is amazing.
I’m not that impressed with Alder Lake. It gets Intel back in the game with AMD probably earlier than most suspected they would, and manages to just beat the year-old 5950X at the expense of massively more power usage. The Gracemont cores are pretty impressive for their size.
More performance (and more efficiency) is always nice; but I’m more interesting in the “hybrid P + E cores” aspect (as it’s the first time I know of that mainstream 80×86 attempted it). Specifically; what Intel’s “thread director” actually is (the manuals don’t describe any new hardware at all despite news articles claiming it’s new hardware); and whether there’s any way an OS (that supports it) can “undisable” AVX-512 on the P cores.