In a recent video by Dave Lee or Dave2D on YouTube, Intel’s Core i9-12900HK chip surpassed both the acclaimed AMD 5900HX and Apple 10-Core M1 Max.
After AMD’s two-year reign in both the mobile and desktop CPU market with its 4000 and 5000 series chips, Intel finally had enough. Unlike the impact that Intel’s 11th gen chips made, this year’s 12th generation line shows a more promising hope for the company to take back the crown.
In 2022’s edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Intel announced several exciting new products, including the Core i9-12900HK. Today, even before an entire month, YouTubers and tech reviewers, including Dave Lee, got a taste of this chip’s incredible power.
Intel’s Core i9-12900HK arrived on the MSI GE76
While it’s expected that this particular chip will surely power countless laptops from different brands this year, the first device to use it is MSI’s GE76. Accordingly, this was the device that Dave Lee, among other YouTubers, utilized to test the 12900HK’s capabilities.
Gaming benchmark results
After testing with both games and content creation software, the results quite surprisingly favored Intel. In 4K gaming, the 12900HK paired with the latest 3080Ti mobile GPU scored higher average FPS significantly in the game Horizon Zero Dawn and substantially on other AAA titles.
However, while an argument can be made that the MSI GE76 performed better due to its better and newer GPU, the results still favored Intel when it comes to more CPU-demanding tasks.
Content creation tasks
In video export and 3D rendering tasks, the 12900HK performed even better than the M1 Max beast. While Apple’s SoC scored 5.96 seconds on Blender PartyTug EEVEE and 18.16 minutes on the Premiere Pro test, Intel’s chip achieved 3.63 seconds and 14.12 minutes, respectively.
Apart from raw power, the GE76 also showed improvements in its multi-core thermal performance. Even with only 70 Watts of CPU power using the “Balanced” configuration, the device was able to produce a 16597 Cinebench score, a little less than the 18282 test result when in “Max Fans” mode. However, unlike when using the latter settings, the “Balanced” mode can maintain an impressive performance with less power draw, CPU temp, and lower fan noise.
Even though AMD won the two-year battle in the CPU market, Intel still has everything it needs to rise again. Currently, with its newly announced desktop and mobile chips, the future has never been brighter for the company. On the other hand, with its Core i9-12900HK CPU, the gaming and content creation benchmarks were enough to declare it as one of the best chips in 2022. Only time will tell if AMD’s latest 6000 series products will fall short or once again defeat Intel.