It does not often happen that the flagship processors of two competitors are subjected to extreme overclocking, tested in a benchmark – and in the end show exactly the same result. Meanwhile, this is exactly what happened with the Core i9-12900K, the current flagship of the Alder Lake line: it scored exactly the same number of points in Geekbench R20 as the overclocked Ryzen 9 5950 managed to show in January 2021.
15664 – this is the number of points the performance of both processors is estimated at. Interestingly, they were overclocked by the same person – the overclocker known as Splave. He has already made a note about this comical situation on his Facebook page.
In both cases, a liquid nitrogen cooling system was used during overclocking. In the case of the Core i9-12900K, the overclocker raised the core frequency to 1.58 V, while the maximum frequency of large cores was 6.873 GHz, small cores – 5.437 GHz. For overclocking, an ASRock Z690 Aqua OC motherboard, TeamGroup DDR5-6400 RAM (two modules of 16 GB each), a GeForce GT 1030 video card and an Enermax Maxtytan 1.25 kW power supply were used.
Interestingly, overclocking the Ryzen 9 5950 used the same PSU and the same graphics card, but the main components are, of course, different: the ASRock X570 Aqua motherboard and 32GB of G.Skill DDR4-4000 RAM. The red processor clocked at exactly 6.0 GHz for all 16 cores.