Intel uses unfixed Windows 11 version for AMD performance comparison

Earlier today, Intel announced their 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs, with details on prices, features and performance. This was showcased in graphs detailing different games.

Intel’s performance graphs

The graph shows a substantial performance increase between the Ryzen 5950x and the Intel 12900k. However, it is noted in the graph that they used Windows 11 Pro for their testing. Hardware Unboxed assures this was tested without the AMD cache latency patch, which would give Intel a very noticeable advantage. This bug was tested to increase cache latency by up to 6x, with performance dips up to 15% in some cases. Important to note that the patch was released in October 15th, while the testing was done in October 1st.

The Core i9-12900K provides amazing gen-over-gen performance increases, including up to 25% more FPS on Troy: A Total War Saga, up to 28% more FPS on Hitman 3, and up to 23% more FPS on Far Cry 6.

Because of this, the performance graphs provided by Intel are to be taken with a big grain of salt. Reviewers will get their hands on testing samples on November 4th of this year.

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