Intel Alder Lake-S sample with 16 cores beats Core i9-9900K

Posted on Wednesday, February 10 2021 @ 10:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
More Geekbench scores. An entry has been discovered that reveals performance details of a 16-core, 24-threaded Alder Lake-S engineering sample. This future Intel chip is made on a 10nm process, it uses high-performance Golden Cove cores in combination with energy-efficient Gracemont cores. It packs Xe-based integrated graphics and uses DDR5 memory.

VideoCardz writes there's some confusion about the clockspeed of this part, the Geekbench test misreads the maximum frequency as 27.2GHz.

The leak does offer an early look at the performance of Alder Lake-S. In the Geekbench test, the engineering sample achieves a single-threaded score of 6536 and a multi-core score of 47870. For comparison, VideoCardz calculated the eight-core 9900K scores 6340 in the single-core test and 35500 in the multi-core test, and the ten-core 10900K gets 6720 in the single-core and 45000 in the multi-core test:
Since Geekbench does not have an official ranking page for its V4 (Version 4) scores, median results were used from the software’s public database (for both single-core and multi-core). This method is not an ideal solution, but it should be accurate enough to see where this Alder Lake-S CPU stacks up at this stage.
Performance will likely get better with future revisions as this is still an early engineering sample of Alder Lake-S. Better performance will be necessary as it's still far behind AMD's Zen 3.

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