Summary of power consumption
We can see three things very clearly from the three charts below. First, Rocket Lake has really been a nuclear power plant-connected stopgap, and second, the Ryzen 9 5950X also grabs a decent amount of power, though it’s barely faster than the Ryzen 9 5900X. And third, all of the Alder Lake S CPUs are downright model boys in comparison, with very mannerly drinking habits. Even the Core i9-12900KF with the PL1 on 241 watts is still more frugal than all Rocket Lake CPUs and both Ryzen 9’s.
If the CPU limit is partially or completely removed, all Alder Lake CPUs are even more economical than all Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 7. Only the Ryzen 5 5600X can keep up, but it is almost always the slowest CPU in the test field. Intel has done a terrific job here and I think it’s a real shame when marketing only highlights the FPS bars. What has been done in terms of power consumption is, in my view, many times higher. You just have to sell it smarter.
Summary of efficiency
The absolute wattage figures are one thing, but what you get for the use of electrical energy in reality in terms of gaming performance is something else entirely. Because what is visible here in the bars is almost declassification. A couple of percentage points of performance disadvantage can be well tolerated, but when it comes to fodder utilization, AMD really comes out on top. The listing in required watts per FPS speaks a very clear language. Only the Ryzen 5 5600X can hold its own there, even if it is downright outclassed by the much faster Core i5-12600K in gaming.