Yes of course that could be the reason. But it looks nonsensical when written out.Power constraints, possibly. Alder Lake-S might have been unconstrained on power usage while the Alder Lake-P sample might have been stuck within a particular power envelope.
8 Golden Cove + 8 Gracemont > 16 Zen 3
6 Golden Cove + 8 Gracemont < 8 Zen 3