Alder Lake sends AMD a clear message, that they need to lower their CPU prices

Alder Lake sends AMD a clear message, that they need to lower their CPU prices

Alder Lake sends AMD a clear message, that they need to lower their CPU prices

If there is one thing to take away from Intel’s Alder Lake launch (and our Alder Lake i9-12900K and i5-12600K review), it is that Intel is back! For years Intel has been lagging behind with its process tech, and those delays have caused Intel’s Core Architectures to go largely unimproved since the launch of Skylake in 2015. For years, all Intel could give us was more cores, but with Alder Lake, Intel delivered more cores, new core architectures, and more while using the company’s new Intel 7 process technology. 

Alder Lake’s new Golden Cove P-cores give Intel leading x86 single-threaded performance, while their Gracement E-Cores grant Intel additional multi-threaded performance. In many of our tests, Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs could deliver more single-threaded and multi-threaded performance than AMD’s Ryzen 5000 products, so much so that Intel has become the value champion within some areas of the CPU market. 

AMD’s next step

If AMD’s looking at Alder Lake reviews, they will know that their Ryzen 5 5600X is in the firing line. Intel’s i5-12600K launched with a similar price, six P-cores and four E-cores. This setup allows Intel’s processor to smash AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X, which features six Zen 3 CPU cores. With their i5-12600K, Intel can deliver more single-threaded and multi-threaded performance than AMD at a similar price point. Just look at our Cinebench results from our Alder Lake review. 

  

Alder Lake sends AMD a clear message, that they need to lower their CPU prices  
Moving to the high-end, we have Intel’s i9-12900K, which compares well with AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X in multi-threaded workloads. Currently, Intel’s i9 costs £120 less than AMD’s Ryzen 9, and in single-threaded benchmarks, Intel can often deliver higher performance levels. 

What’s AMD’s next move with Ryzen? It must be lower prices, assuming that AMD wants to maintain the value proposition of its Ryzen CPU lineup. 

New Zen 3 CPUs are coming

In early 2022, AMD will be launching new Zen 3 based Ryzen processors with their innovative V-Cache technology. This technology will increase the size of AMD’s L3 cache, a change that will boost the performance of their processors in various workloads. AMD’s internal benchmarks showcase a 15% average performance gain for gaming workloads when V-Cache is added to their Zen 3 processors. That’s a huge boost, and it may be enough to challenge alder Lake in gaming workloads. 

AMD’s V-Cache enhanced Zen 3/Ryzen processors must compete favourably with Alder Lake to justify similar or higher pricing, which means that the pricing of AMD’s existing Ryzen 5000 series CPUs must be lowered to remain competitive. From there, AMD will be able to push the value of their Ryzen CPU lineup when compared to Intel’s current offerings. Beyond that, AMD can also push the lower pricing of their 500-series AM4 motherboards compared to most Alder Lake Z690 motherboards.  

Alder Lake sends AMD a clear message, that they need to lower their CPU prices  

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