Last week, Intel revealed with great fanfare its new twelfth-generation Alder Lake processors for desktop computers. It includes the high-end Core i9-12900K, made up of sixteen cores, eight of which are high performance. The comparison is therefore de rigueur with the latest Apple releases that are the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, because although these are only integrated into the 14-inch MacBook Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro currently, the iMac would soon be entitled to it too.
And precisely, a first benchmark of the Santa Clara component has just appeared on the Geeekbench 5 app. We can see that the multi-core score has reached (hang in there 😏) up to 26,065 points on an Asus PC, is simply nearly 2.5 times better than at Apple according to the latest measurements. This therefore confirms the first estimates of Seeking Alpha, a specialized blog.
The future could prove Apple right
According to the newspaper The Information However, the Cupertino roadmap would already be ready to cap these scores at the post by 2023. It is indeed during this period that Macs and iPhones equipped with parts engraved with an accuracy of three nanometers should see the light of day. . For the moment, however, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is reportedly experiencing some delays due to a production circuit hampered – among other things – by the geopolitical context in the China Sea.
The code name of the next Apple SoCs would already be known: it would be “Lobos“,“Ibiza” and “Palma“. Some could have up to forty CPUs on a single motherboard, which would then be quite simply a record for Tim Cook’s teams. Of course, these data remain rumors and it is important to consider them with a minimum of precaution to avoid any unpleasant surprises on arrival: you never know.
At what price ?
Anyway, as Intel explains if we look at the official technical data provided by the manufacturer, its Alder Lake CPUs require 125 to 241 watts of power where recent Apple devices are much more energy efficient. And for good reason: they are laptops, which must therefore retain their autonomy so as not to lose their main interest. We can bet that this advantage will be kept for the next fixed Macs on the way!