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12th Gen Intel Core CPU Review Roundup

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach
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Introduction

Last week, Intel announced their 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") with the most notable feature being the new hybrid architecture which utilizes a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. The Performance-cores (P-cores) are what you typically would think of when it comes to a CPU core, and are designed to maximize performance for heavier workloads. The Efficient-cores (E-cores), on the other hand, are intended either for tasks that can be run in parallel, or for background tasks where higher performance isn't necessary.

The benefit of this type of hybrid setup primarily comes down to the fact that the E-cores take up significantly less room on the CPU die, along with having much lower power requirements. Because of this, Intel is able to pack a higher number of total cores into their processors which should give them a nice boost to multi-threading performance.

However, the difficulty is that the system needs to be able to dynamically choose what tasks are run on each type of core. For example, it would be less than ideal if Photoshop was to run on an E-core because your web browser decided to take up all the P-cores. To account for this, Intel has also launched a technology called Thread Director, which works with the OS in order to dynamically adjust which processes are run on each core.

This new hybrid architecture should, in theory, allow the 12th Gen Intel CPUs to excel at both lightly and highly threaded tasks, but that is not the only change they made. Among various architecture improvements, the 12th Gen CPUs also have support for both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, as well as having 16 lanes of PCIe 5.0. Both DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 likely won't have much of an impact at launch since they are very new technologies that need time to evolve before we will see their full potential, but all of these improvements together should help give the 12th Gen CPUs a big boost over previous generations.

If you want to read about what sets these CPUs apart in more detail, we recommend checking out our landing page for the 12th Gen Intel Core Processors.

12th Gen Intel Core Puget Systems Review Roundup

While specifications are often not that useful when comparing Intel and AMD CPUs (or even two CPUs from different families), we did want to specifically point out the MSRP pricing for the 12th Gen CPUs as compared to the previous 11th Gen CPUs and the AMD Ryzen 5000 series. While pricing currently fluctuates widely depending on supply, this is still important because it gives a baseline with which to compare the different CPUs.

Processor MSRP
Intel Core i5 11600K 6 Core $272
Intel Core i5 12600K 6P+4E Core $289
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 Core $299
Intel Core i7 11700K 8 Core $409
Intel Core i7 12700K 8P+4E Core $409
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 Core $449
Intel Core i9 11900K 8 Core $513
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12 Core $549
Intel Core i9 12900K 8P+8E Core $589
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core $799

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Adobe Photoshop

Read the full article: Adobe Photoshop: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Summary: With the 12th Gen processors, Intel once again takes the performance crown in Photoshop - although it is mostly by single-digit percentages. While the 12th Gen CPUs are anywhere from 12-17% faster than the previous 11th Gen processors, compared to similarly priced AMD Ryzen CPUs, we saw about 5-11% higher performance with the 12th Gen Intel Core processors. While this is statistically significant, it is small enough that you may have a hard time noticing the difference in your day-to-day work.

Unlike most of the other applications we tested, DDR5 isn't likely to change things much for Photoshop as we only saw a marginal increase in performance with DDR5 that was easily within the margin of error for this kind of real world tests. But even with DDR4, if you are looking to get the best performance in Photoshop, the 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs are the way to go.

Adobe Photoshop 12th Gen Intel Core Performance

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Read the full article: Adobe Lightroom Classic: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Summary: The new 12th Gen CPUs from Intel represent a major shift in CPU performance for Lightroom Classic. For the last few generations, AMD has been the dominant choice, but with these new CPUs, Intel has taken a commanding lead. The performance between Intel and AMD is closer at the top-end, but the i9 12900K still manages to pull ahead of the Ryzen 5900X by a small 6% with DDR4, or by 15% when using DDR5 memory. At the i5 and i7 level, however, the Core i7 12700K and Core i5 12600K perform about 15% faster than the Ryzen 5800X and 5600X respectively, which should only further increase once DDR5 becomes widely available.

This now makes Intel the clear choice for Lightroom Classic when it comes to performance. Even better, this is true both for active tasks like image culling, and for passive tasks like exporting. All around, the 12th Gen CPUs are simply a solid investment for photographers using Lightroom Classic that are in the market for a new workstation.

Lightroom Classic 12th Gen Intel Core Performance

Adobe After Effects

Read the full article: Adobe After Effects: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Summary: Overall, the new 12th Gen Intel Core processors are terrific for After Effects, providing roughly a 15% performance gain over the previous generation Intel CPUs when using DDR4 memory. And while DDR5 is likely going to take some time to become widely available, our early testing showed that we could get nearly another 10% on top of that with DDR5 memory.

Compared to a similarly priced AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor, the 12th Gen CPUs were anywhere from 6-14% faster on average with DDR4 RAM. This gap should widen once DDR5 becomes a viable option, and our Windows 11 vs Windows 10 testing found that the 12900K is actually roughly 6% slower in Windows 11. This means that Intel should be able to expand their lead even further when the Windows 11 performance issues are presumably fixed.

After Effects 12th Gen Intel Core Performance

Adobe Premiere Pro

Read the full article: Adobe Premiere Pro: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Summary: Overall, the new 12th Gen Intel Core processors do extremely well in Premiere Pro, providing anywhere from a 20% to nearly 50% performance improvement over the previous 11th Gen processors. And compared to a similarly priced AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor, Intel holds anywhere from a 25-40% performance lead on average! That number drops a bit if you are restricted to DDR4 (which most users will be until DDR5 supply improves), but even without DDR5, the 12th Gen CPUs represent a major jump forward in performance for Premiere Pro.

And in fact, our Windows 11 vs Windows 10 testing found that the 12900K is actually roughly 8% slower in Windows 11. This performance drop did not happen on the AMD Ryzen CPUs, which means that Intel should be able to expand their lead even further when the Windows 11 performance issues are presumably fixed.

To put this into context, the 12th Gen CPUs are fast enough that even the Intel Core i5 12600K 6+4 Core processor was able to effectively score on par with the significantly more expensive AMD Ryzen 5950X 16 Core. And from there, the Core i7 12700K and Core i9 12900K only give you better and better performance.

Adobe Premiere Pro 12th Gen Intel Core Performance

DaVinci Resolve Studio

Read the full article: DaVinci Resolve Studio: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Summary: Overall, the new 12th Gen CPUs from Intel are a terrific option for those looking for a cost-effective DaVinci Resolve Studio workstation. They won't be able to match the higher-end AMD Threadripper (Pro) or Intel Xeon W platforms for more complex workflows, but they are solidly faster than the AMD Ryzen 5000 series.

At the top-end, the Core i9 12900K is a small 5% faster than the 5900X when using DDR4, but this should jump to closer to 11% once DDR5 becomes more widely available. Lower down the stack, the i7 12700K and i5 12600K also beat the similarly priced AMD Ryzen options, coming in at 11% and 17% faster than the Ryzen 5800X and 5600X respectively.

DaVinci Resolve Studio 12th Gen Intel Core Performance

Unreal Engine

Read the full article: Unreal Engine: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Summary: Intel regained a lot of ground with AMD when it comes to Unreal Engine performance. Their new Big/Little core architecture has given them them anywhere from 50 to 75% better scores in our testing compared to the previous generation. However, these massive gains are just enough to catch up to AMD's Ryzen CPUs. This new platform from lintel brings with it several new technologies such as DDR5, PCIe 5.o, and more. DDR5 is not yet widely available, that leaves the only option to use these new CPUs with the existing DDR4 RAM. Unfortunately, this combination does not make enough of an improvement to recommend it over the AMD Ryzen CPUs. If you are considering going with Intel, it would be best to wait for more DDR5 testing and availability

If you are looking for the absolute best CPU for Unreal Engine development work, the undisputed leader is AMD's Threadripper.

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Unreal Engine Intel 12th Gen Performance

Cinema 4D

Read the full article: Cinema 4D: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Summary: In Cinema 4D, modeling and animation workflows will be greatly improved by the single core performance of the new Intel 12th gen CPUs. The multi-core capabilities have also dramatically improved, making these new CPUs very competitive, and sometimes better than AMD's Ryzen CPUs. The new DDR5 looks to further improve these results once it becomes more widely available. This makes for a great platform for someone that is using GPU rendering, and is even ready for the next generation of PCIe 5.0 video cards.

Cinema 4D Intel 12th Gen Performance

V-Ray CPU Rendering

Read the full article: V-Ray: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Summary: For CPU-based rendering, the number of cores is the primary concern. Intel jumped from 8 cores/16 threads as their top-end CPU of the last generation to 16 cores/24 threads as the top CPU of this generation. That upgrade gives the new CPU a 65% increase in rendering speed over that last generation. This still trails AMDs Ryzen 9 5950X and Threadripper lines.

However, this only represents CPU rendering performance. Many V-Ray users have moved to GPU rendering. For users that are looking for a high-performance modeling/animation workstation, these new CPUs make for a tantalizing solution. Not only do you get great single-core speeds to help with modeling/animation, but the system will also be ready with PCIe 5.0 once video cards become available.

V-Ray Intel 12th Gen Performance

Do you need Windows 11 for 12th Gen Intel Core Processors?

With the hybrid architecture, Intel has remarked on how there are additional optimization in Windows 11 that should improve how well the Thread Director works. Because of this, we did most of our testing with Windows 11, but we also wanted to do some additional testing to see just how much faster Windows 11 was than Windows 10. In addition, the AMD Ryzen CPUs had a number of performance issues with Windows 11 when it was launched, and we wanted to verify that the issues have either been fixed, or otherwise did not impact our results.

To answer both of these questions, we published a full article: 12th Gen Intel Core - Do you need Windows 11? that you can read if you are interested.

To summarize it, however, while Windows 11 didn't make a big impact on performance for the new 12th Gen CPUs in most cases, when it did improve performance, it did so by a large amount. Specifically, in Photoshop we saw about a 28% improvement in performance when using Windows 11 with the Intel Core i9 12900K.

Overall, it is probably a good idea to plan on using Windows 11 for the 12th Gen Intel Core processors. Even outside of the performance you may see in individual applications, the optimizations to Thread Director should give you an overall better experience - at least, it should according to Intel.

How well do the 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs perform overall?

In a nut shell, the new 12th Gen Intel Core processors exceeded our expectations and highlight what the new hybrid architecture is capable of. 15-20% performance gains were common, and in some cases we saw a 30% (or even larger) improvement over the previous 11th Gen processors. In fact, the 12th Gen CPUs performed so well that the entry-level Core i5 12600K ended up beating the top-end Core i9 11900K from the previous generation in every single one of our benchmarks.

Compared to the AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors, the Intel 12th Gen CPUs hold a strong lead overall, although the exact amount varies based on the specific application. As a complete average across all our tests, the Core i9 12900K scored about 8% faster than the Ryzen 5900X with DDR4 memory, or roughly 17% faster with DDR5. Intel actually takes an even further lead at the i7 and i5 levels, with the Core i7 12700K beating the Ryzen 5800X by 16% on average, and the Core i5 12600K beating the Ryzen 5600X by a large 26%. And based on what we saw with the i9 12900K, we would expect those numbers to increase by roughly another 10% on average if you were to utilize DDR5 memory.

What is interesting is that a lot of Intel's biggest wins are in highly threaded tasks like CPU rendering, which until now, was where the higher core count of the Ryzen series has typically made AMD the stronger option. With the additional E-cores, however, Intel makes up the difference and especially at the i5 level, takes a massive lead. But even in more common applications like After Effects and Photoshop, Intel holds a decent lead with the Core i9 12900K, and a very commanding lead at the i5 and i7 level.

In fact, we only found a single instance where the AMD Ryzen 5000 series was faster than the Intel 12th Gen processors. In the CPU portion of our Unreal Engine testing, the AMD Ryzen 5900X was about 9% faster than the Intel Core i9 12900K for the CPU. However, that was only with DDR4 memory and as soon as we switched to DDR5, Intel once again came out on top and beat the Ryzen 5900X by a solid 14%.

Overall, the 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs are terrific across the board, providing a large performance boost over the previous 11th Gen CPUs, and in almost every single case, handily out-performed AMD's Ryzen 5000 series. Intel's lead is larger at the i5 and i7 level, but even with the Core i9 12900K, Intel consistently came out on top.

One thing we do want to note is that these results are likely to change slightly in the coming weeks and months. The hybrid architecture is still very new, and there are likely further OS and thread scheduling optimizations to be made. In addition, DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 are both in their infancy, and should be able to provide greater benefits as new RAM and GPUs are released.

If you are looking for a workstation with one of these new 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs, you can visit our solutions page to view our recommended workstations for various software packages (some of which will be using the 12th Gen CPUs once they finish our qualification process), our custom configuration page, or contact one of our technology consultants for help configuring a workstation that meets the specific needs of your unique workflow.

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Tags: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom CLassic, DaVinci Resolve, Unreal Engine, Cinebench, V-Ray, Metashape, Intel vs AMD, Intel 12th Gen, i9 12900K, i7 12700K, i5 12600K
Dalton

Great article! Have you abandoned 3ds max tests? That would be really helpful for some folks like... me :-)

Posted on 2021-11-04 13:16:03
Kelly Shipman

yes, we took a break for a bit to improve the tests. I would like to bring a combined 3ds Max/Maya/C4D test, or something to that effect

Posted on 2021-11-04 16:29:38
Mark Harris

So from a 5950x...now I am debating if the improvements in Photoshop are worth the upgrade.

Posted on 2021-11-04 16:40:29

That's a pretty recent CPU - I'd personally wait another generation at least, just to get the most value out of your existing investment. But if you think the time you'd save would offset the cost, from a business perspective, then maybe it's worthwhile?

Posted on 2021-11-04 16:51:17
Mark Harris

Yeah is a debate I need to figure out but as I do photoshop for hours a day, if the advantage in real world is noticeable,,,then it would be worth it :)

Posted on 2021-11-04 17:35:45

From a 5950X? Probably not. Even with DDR5, the 12900K was only 8% faster in our tests. That's going to be pretty hard to notice in the real world unless you spend a LOT of time sitting, waiting for a filter to load or something like that. As far as UI responsiveness, panning/zooming, etc, you would probably be hard pressed to notice the difference.

Posted on 2021-11-04 17:44:25
Mark Harris

I think you are right and with DDR5 prices, it makes little sense.
Thanks so much for bringing me down to earth :D

Posted on 2021-11-04 19:46:41
uri bak

Do you have a plan to compare Intel's new processors to Apple's M1 MAX, thanks.

Posted on 2021-11-04 17:00:10

Probably not. We focus on PCs, and while we include Apple at times, that is only when we are at a bit of a slow period and when someone loans us a system. We simply can't justify spending large amounts of money purchasing Apple hardware that we don't sell.

We do, however, make our benchmarks available for the public to use - which includes hardware reviewers that test Apple hardware regularly. A little caveat there is that some of the M1 native versions of Adobe products don't fully support plugins so our benchmarks won't work, but that is no different if we were to test it instead of a better equipped reviewer.

Posted on 2021-11-04 17:08:58
Robic

Nice review!
Do you plan to test new Alder lake CPUs with RFO Benchmark on Autodesk Revit?

Posted on 2021-11-04 18:09:32

Unfortunately, probably not. I was handling the engineering-related benchmarks (Revit, Solidworks, etc) but earlier this year I moved from Labs to a new product development role. We don't have anyone, currently, with a focus on engineering or photogrammetry - which is why we have not published any articles about performance in those areas for some time.

However, the good news is that most stuff in Revit is single-threaded (based on our past testing) so these new Intel 12th Gen chips should be *very* good. The same goes for general modeling in most applications: SW, 3ds Max, C4D, etc. Simulations tend to favor a mix of clock speed and core count, depending on the application and type of simulation, and then rendering is largely CPU core count based (unless you use a GPU rendering plug-in). Hopefully that general info helps :)

Posted on 2021-11-04 20:31:07
Eweie

quick question. why is it that you don't test the Ryzen platform with PBO enabled? I've noticed no reviewers have but in my opinion it's like not enabling D.O.C.P (XPM) on the ram. no one in their right mind who buys Ryzen would do that.

Posted on 2021-11-04 19:42:12

We leave things at stock settings where we can. There are a whole host of things like PBO, MCE, etc. that can mess with performance, and we generally avoid them where we can. Its actually worse now since the PL2 limits are left up to the motherboard manufacturer, so there isn't really an "official spec". But by and large, we try to stay as true to the official specifications from Intel and AMD as possible. That's one of the reasons why we stick with DDR4-3200 RAM on most of these platforms, and didn't get into higher frequency RAM for the DDR5 portion.

Our focus is a little different than a lot of other hardware reviewers. Their target audience is enthusiasts who are very likely to go into the BIOS and fine-tune things to get more performance. Our testing is geared more towards professionals and content creators where reliability trumps performance in most cases, so sticking to supported configurations whenever possible typically makes the most sense. That often affects our conclusions as well - 10% may be "meh" for many people, but for those that make money from their workstation, a 10% performance bump can often have a pretty quick turnaround as far as return on investment goes.

Posted on 2021-11-04 19:57:07
T N

What we're the temps like in your testing? And what's your opinion on the new 'Threadrpper like' TDP?

Posted on 2021-11-04 20:12:16

Our lab performance testing is done on open-air testbeds, so temperatures there wouldn't translate to the real world (with an enclosed chassis, etc)... so we don't generally bother recording them for these articles. Our production qualification team focuses more on stuff like thermals, hardware compatibility, etc - but I haven't yet heard from them about how hot (or cool) these chips run.

Posted on 2021-11-04 20:34:04
hoohoo

Where can I buy one of those Ryzen 5600X 68P/12T CPUs?

;-)

Posted on 2021-11-04 21:42:18

Special edition, only available for us. And only for some of the applications we test, not all of them. Everything else has to stick to the 6 core model.

Thanks for pointing that out, we'll get those charts corrected!

Posted on 2021-11-04 21:55:06
Nico

Great review,

Do you plan on testing for photogrametry softwares (Pix4D, Metashape, Reality Capture) soon?

Thanks

Posted on 2021-11-05 10:52:57

We will at least be doing some basic internal testing, but I'm not sure about public-facing articles. I was handling the photogrammetry and engineering-related benchmarks, but earlier this year I moved from Labs to a new product development role. We don't have anyone, currently, with a focus on engineering or photogrammetry - which is why we have not published any articles about performance in those areas for some time. Moreover, our benchmarks may be getting outdated; I think at least RealityCapture has broken on newer versions of the software, and for Metashape there was some concern that the processing options we were using in the benchmark might not be the optimal method any longer. Without someone dedicated to keeping those things up to date, our benchmarking might not be as reliable :/

Posted on 2021-11-05 23:57:19
Nico

Thanks for the explanation.

Well it might not be optimal but it still would be a comparison point with AMD/older versions.

If you don't feel confident in publishing benchmarks, an article with your general point of view on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Nicolas

Posted on 2021-11-07 12:13:35
Marko

I would be also interested in seeing 5950X vs 12900K comparison for RealityCapture as well, especially with larger models (or even 5700X vs 12600K, but I bet most people are just wondering about the current "king")...
BTW, yes RealityCapture update 1.2 was released on end of July, with patch notes stating "Faster depth-maps calculation (even 2x+)".Would be interesting to see how the improved IPC and especially E-cores scheduler handles these types of Load.
Anyway, thanks for considering this :)

Posted on 2021-11-27 20:39:37
Paul D.

I'd be interested to see the 10900K in the comparisons.

Posted on 2021-11-06 06:50:20

We generally only test one generation back, but you may be able to find results with the 10900k in our database for many of these benchmarks. Just be sure to check the benchmark and application versions, since different versions of either can skew the results: https://www.pugetsystems.co...

Most of our benchmarks are also available for you to download and run yourself if you want to see how your current system compares.

Posted on 2021-11-06 07:17:13
Bernie Retallack

You really need to use higher bandwidth DDR5 and retest for the video production side of things.

Posted on 2021-11-06 07:38:11

As a general rule, we stick to memory speeds which are officially supported by the CPU (per their manufacturers). In the case of 12th Gen Core, I believe that means 4800 for two modules or 4400 for four modules - the latter of which was the memory configuration we had available for this round of testing. When we eventually select a DDR5 module and motherboard for carrying in our workstations, I'm sure we'll spend more time figuring out the exact correct speeds to run memory at... but it is unlikely that we will ever test higher frequencies than Intel officially supports. Moreover, it looks (from the performance shown in these articles) like DDR5 already gives a solid boost to performance without needing to push higher RAM speeds :)

Posted on 2021-11-06 17:35:38

Which version of products did you use 2021 or 2022 which came out recently?
Also, I heard there are some patches for Windows 11 & AMD, were they installed as well?

Posted on 2021-11-06 18:04:46

Application versions and such as are noted in the individual application articles. But if you are talking about the Adobe apps, we are using the new versions that just released a few weeks back. Windows 11 had all the patched as of October 27th I believe, which included the Windows update and chipset driver updates to fix the AMD performance issues.

Posted on 2021-11-08 17:14:59

Gotcha, thx for confirmation.

Posted on 2021-11-09 18:06:45
arkapro

Amazing article (Professional video editor here) - it will be very interesting to see how it performs against the m1 MAX and against the Thread rippers.
I heard that the 12900K has 2(!) quick-sync chips! which is very important to the playback of most footage people are editing.
Also when doing the quick-sync tests it will be important for you guys to test footage from the Sony's h.264 10bit 4K \120fps as these formats are bringing all systems to its' knees - I saw that the the new Apple PRO and MAX chips are dealing with this quite well. Its important to test scrubbing and multicam playback x4 x8 etc...
I think because of these problematic formats people are thinking going back to Apple Macbook pro's as main editing machines....

Posted on 2021-11-09 18:43:12

We don't generally test Mac (we are primarily PC focused), but our benchmarks are available for anyone to use, so hopefully a reviewer that does test Apple products will be doing reviews soon.

As for H.26410-bit, I don't believe Premiere Pro has hardware decoding support for that at all. The only H.264 "flavor" that has decoding support is H.264 8-bit 4:2:0 as far as I'm aware, which is why playback is going to be generally pretty bad in Premiere Pro (or any other NLE). Again though, we don't really do much with Mac, so maybe Adobe implemented that on the Apple versions of Premiere Pro?

Posted on 2021-11-09 22:02:58
Mishal Albawardi

Great Article as always Puget. Very impressive results from Intel. But let's be honest, the 12th gen Intel CPU should be competing with the Ryzen 6000 series. That's when we decide which CPU will be crown champion.

Posted on 2021-11-15 12:42:17

Its tough, because there is always something new around the corner. Intel 12th Gen I would say is overall the winner over Ryzen 5000, but you are totally right that Ryzen 6000 could see AMD taking the lead again. But... then Intel 13th Gen will be around the corner and Intel may take the lead back.

Getting into speculation here, but AMD has been launching new Ryzen CPUs about every 15 months. Since the last launch was November 2020, that would put us around Feb/Mar for the Ryzen 6000. Intel is like a 13 month cycle, so that would give AMD around 10 month of dominance if they do take the lead. But if AMD isn't able to make up the difference, that gives Intel a solid lead for over a year most likely, and even longer if 13th Gen builds on it. Only time will tell though!

Posted on 2021-11-15 18:51:53
Mishal Albawardi

Thanks for the info Matt. I have been rocking your Puget PC (Intel Core i7 5960X) since 2014 and it's still holding up pretty nicely. I am still waiting for DDR5 RAM, PCIe 5.0 SSD and possibly GDDR7 GPU (might be a while) to launch. I am hopeful it'll be at the end 2022 or 2023, and that's when I will do my upgrade.

I am a constant visitor on your website and love the article and benchmarks you put out.

Keep up the good work.

Posted on 2021-11-16 05:26:16
p6889k

I'm currently using Skylake-X i7-7820X overclocked on all cores to 4.4ghz, 64GB RAM, GTX1080. What kind of single core speed improvements should I expect from i7-12700 or i9-12900 ? I primarily use ACR, Photoshop for stitching panoramas, merging HDR, processing film scans of 70-100MP photos (B&W and Color), applying SRDx dust removal filter, etc. Most of the workload I do seems to be single threaded. Would I be able to tell a significant speed improvement?

Posted on 2021-11-17 12:22:12

From our PugetBench database, it looks like the 7820X scores about 850 points in our Photoshop benchmark: https://www.pugetsystems.co... . So a new Intel 12th Gen CPU would be anywhere from 45-60% faster. Your overclock could throw that off a bit, but that should at least be in the right ballpark. If you want to get a more accurate idea, you can download and run our Photoshop benchmark on your system to see exactly what the difference would be: https://www.pugetsystems.co...

Since Photoshop is pretty lightly threaded, that should also be roughly right for the other apps you mentioned.

Posted on 2021-11-17 17:26:32
p6889k

Thanks for the response. I just ran your Photoshop benchmark and scored 754 with my overclocked system. Not sure how others accomplished to score 850. I compared the detailed/raw results of non GPU accelerated tests against 12900 and majority of the tests were between 40-50% faster.

Posted on 2021-11-17 21:23:49