AMD officially announced its Ryzen 6000 series processors at CES 2022, and now, a leaked benchmark for the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX has appeared online. The scores come via @BenchLeaks, who posted them for a Lenovo 82RG laptop. The good news is that the 8-core/16-thread flagship APU shows a 33% improvement in the multi-core tests over its predecessor, the Ryzen 9 5900HX. The exact scores are 1593 points in the single-core test, and 10151 points in multi-core. Single-core performance has increased by 12%.
The bad news is that those who only want the fastest possible processor may want to hold out for the latest offering from Intel, the Core i9-12900H Alder Lake-P CPU with 14 cores/20 threads. This processor is noted as being between 7% and 21% faster in single-core, and then up to 42% faster in multi-core performance. However, that is not the end of the story for these early comparisons.
Power vs. Speed
If speed is the only desired feature, then clearly the Intel processor is ahead, as would also be expected by the increased core counts, but in the mobile market, power draw is also a significant factor in decision making. The Rembrandt APU includes an RDNA 2 Radeon 680M GPU with 12 Compute Units that is expected to be clocked at around 2 GHz. The rated TDP for it is 45 W. Meanwhile, the maximum turbo boost for the Core i9-12900H has a draw of 115 W. Early rumors for the Ryzen 9 6900HX stated it could boost as high as 4.90 GHz, and this benchmark shows it approaching that speed, but the TDP at that speed is still not known.
More detailed performance statistics for both processors are expected soon as embargos for each lift and manufacturers announce their next waves of laptops. Scores for the Intel processors are expected this week. The 6000 series processors are planned to be launched on February 1 and are expected to be paired with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPUs.