Intel 12th Gen Core I9 HeroSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

What you need to know

  • Almost 44% of polled Windows Central readers believe that Intel now closely competes with AMD and Apple in the CPU space.
  • Over 31% of voters believe that Intel still lags behind its competitors.
  • Intel's 12th Gen CPUs launched late last month and show significant performance improvements over the company's previous generation.

Experts agree that Intel's 12th Gen CPUs bring the fight back to AMD, but Windows Central readers don't seem convinced. Over the weekend, we ran a poll asking if Intel is back after launching its 12th Gen CPUs. Almost 44% of voters believe that Intel now closely competes with AMD and Apple, but only 25% of voters believe that Intel now leads the CPU market. Over 31% of participants believe Intel still lags behind its competitors.

The Intel Core i5-12600K, Core i7-12700K, and Core i9-12900K earned positive reviews from several outlets. The 12th Gen Intel chips are built on the 10nm process rather than the 14nm process seen in previous processors. This, and other improvements, help the new CPUs compete with the likes of AMD's Ryzen lineup. Intel's new chips are among the best CPUs, but it appears that in the eyes of our readers, the improvements helped Intel catch up to competitors, not surpass them.

At 43.73%, the plurality of polled participants believe that Intel now competes closely with AMD and Apple.

Other readers believe that it's unfair to judge Intel's latest generation until the company launches mobile versions of its Alder Lake chips. All of the 12th Gen chips that launched to this point are built for desktop PCs.

"12th gen mobile will show if Intel can compete," said Exhibit13. "Performance with no power or thermal limit is great but it doesn't mean much until we see a mobile version where there are thermal and power limits that need to be met. If they do something big here than yes Intel is back!"

While people disagree about how much Intel's latest chips raise its status in the CPU market, it appears that the narrative that "Intel is dead" has been quelled, at least based on our comments section.