Intel Alder Lake Faster Than AMD Ryzen on Windows 11?

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After Intel’s announcement of their new entry into the graphics card market, there’s always something happening with their processors. The CPU market is in a hot race to the top, as the 11th generation of Intel’s chips didn’t exactly set the world on fire and AMD’s CPUs are trouncing them at every corner on price and performance.

Today some things leaked and some speculation happened. Antony Leather, a writer for Forbes, has done some analysis on the newest chips from Intel, the Alder Lake, which is looking like they’re about to be fast on Windows 11 than they are on other operating systems. This isn’t some ploy by both Microsoft and Intel to get you to upgrade and buy, it’s simply down to how each operating system is going to be utilizing the overhauled nature of the Alder Lake infrastructure.

It’s a fascinating insight into how Microsoft is reworking their operating system to take advantage of Intel’s new method of design, which is very similar to how Apple and ARM have designed their chips. Heavy processes are offset to specific areas on the chip, while lightweight options have dedicated cores to run on, meaning that the CPU won’t get bogged down by just flooding the entire chip for playing YouTube or running a game, across the multiple cores inside.

Windows 11 will be taking advantage of this, built to recognize the new chips and how they’re structured, allowing for the OS to function more efficiently and theoretically, faster for different programs.

Intel Alder Lake VS AMD Ryzen Gen 3

Rumour and speculation aren’t really our wheelhouse, as we like to have some concrete facts before we bring you any reporting, but above was some logic and here, there’s now leaked benchmarks of the 12th generation Intel CPUs, which don’t look like they’ve managed to beat AMD or lived up to the promise of Intel’s increased performance at their recent Architecture Day event.

The thing is – as TechRadar has pointed out – the benchmarks come from an After Effects benchmark which isn’t really a great test to go off. We’ve no idea how it’s going to operate in real-world circumstances, how it stacks up in other tests or if the leaked benchmarks are even real. This is all a lot of faff for something that couldn’t be remotely taken seriously in any other tech space, as the benchmarks that are floating around have appeared with no real evidence to back it up.

If it is real, then like I already said, the entire test is flawed. The hardware isn’t available in public hands for proper testing. Until the CPUs are on shelves and in PCs, we’ll have no idea how it’ll actually work. People really need to stop jumping into the rumour mill and maybe just wait a bit before diving in.

Joel is a a lover of janky games, Magic the Gathering, and going down rabbit holes. For PC Guide he has written about peripherals, the Steam Deck, retro games, news and more.