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Intel Core i7-12700K vs Intel Core i9-12900K gaming benchmark

Intel Core i7-12700K vs Intel Core i9-12900K

Processor comparisons   11-01-2022
   Let's say you are thinking about choosing a CPU, you will be able to make a decision after reading the detailed tests Intel Core i7-12700K vs Intel Core i9-12900K and decide which is better for games or simple use for programming, video editing, machine learning, rendering, streaming. Here you can find useful information from real streaming and video editing tests or different benchmarks. A step-by-step analysis of all the technical characteristics, so that it can be easier to understand, is made by the table.
   From the video comparison, you can get the results of joint testing in special test applications like DaVinci Resolve Studio, Blender, SuperPi, AIDA64, Furmark, Blender, RealBench, Cinebench 23 (20, 15), WPrime, MATLAB, VeraCrypt, Handbrake, 7zip, Dolphin Emulator, Gears 5, PassMark, UserBenchmark, Prime95, Geekbench 5.2, 3DMark, PCMark 10, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark.
   Gaming performance of CPUs in:
  • Apex Legends
  • Overwatch
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Fallout 76
  • Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Valorant
  • DOOM: Eternal
  • Death Stranding
  • Fortnite
  • Last Man Standing
  • Halo Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Valheim
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Borderlands 3

   After reading the results of parallel benchmarks and videos, you can already make an briefed decision about which CPU is better to buy for gaming Intel Core i9-12900K or Intel Core i7-12700K.


 
Intel Core i7-12700K
Intel Core i9-12900K

Summary benchmark results

As a percentage of the maximum value based on a sample from the entire base of all processors
Processor Benchmark
Core i7-12700K70% Core i9-12900K76%
This shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i9-12900K is 7% better than Core i7-12700K. The data source is several popular tests. Detailed information can be found below.

Gaming performance
Summary result of all game benchmarks.
Core i7-12700K64% Core i9-12900K72%
The maximum result in this parameter is 100 percent, which is the performance of the most powerful processor currently available. And of course, this is a server processor, on which no one will play games. Because the cost of this processor reaches several tens of thousands of dollars. Therefore, if you think that the selected CPU has a low game result, look at the FPS that it produces in real games in the summary table below.
List of other games in which CPU comparisons were performed: Control, League of Legends (LOL), Horizon Zero Dawn, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Metro Exodus, Monster Hunter World, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Ghostrunner, Hitman 3, DOTA 2A, Forza Horizon 4, Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Half-Life: Alyx, NBA 2K20, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Gaming benchmark

Fortnite114.4127.0
Valorant130.0144.4
Cyberpunk 207772.880.8
Apex Legends122.2135.7
Call of Duty Warzone97.5108.3
Overwatch105.3116.9
Red Dead Redemption 289.799.6
DOOM Eternal65.072.2
Warzone101.4112.6
Assassin's Creed109.2121.3
Valheim107.9119.8
The numbers in this table indicate the maximum FPS that was received on the device with the corresponding processor. Depending on the configuration of the computer (RAM size and Video Card) and graphics quality settings (Ultra, Medium, Normal), the results may differ quite significantly. We recommend that you better study the results of the Cinebench, GeekBench and Passmark becnmarks.
The tested computers not only did they have different amounts of RAM and different video cards. But users also tested them at different screen resolutions: 2K, FullHD or 4K. So the game benchmark data is approximate. But all video cards met the average system requirements of games. To be sure exactly how much performance the processor will be in games, if you compare it in one assembly with the video card that is installed in your computer.


Power consumption
Core i7-12700K56% Core i9-12900K97%
To make a finishing choice on which processor is better, you should also consider the generation of its core. It is clear that the newer the generation, the better the performance of the processor in games and benchmarks, as well as its energy efficiency. In this case the Core i9-12900K is more energy efficient than the Core i7-12700K since it has less power consumption: 125W vs. 125W. Power consumption is particularly important for laptops. Also, when choosing a processor cooling system, you must know its TDP. It is necessary to count so that the TDP data specified in the cooler specification is greater than the TDP of the compared processor.

Software benchmarks

Let's say you want to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for machine learning, video rendering or video editing, programming, streaming, then the main parameter for you is its performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, to reach maximum efficiency, the CPU includes all threads and cores that it has. You will learn this data from the benchmark tables below. Before using the data from these tests, be sure to check whether the program you are going to use on your computer supports multi-threaded mode. Because there are still many programs that can use only one core to work, and all the advantages of multi-core mode are unused.
Cinebench 23, 20 an 15
The results of this benchmark show Single-threaded and Multi-threaded CPU performance
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i9-12900K
Cinbench 15 Single-core569489
Cinbench 15 Multi-core41455150
Cinbench 20 Single-core1358816
Cinbench 20 Multi-core940811450
Cinbench 23 Single-core31792896
Cinbench 23 Multi-core3101532950

Passmark
This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i9-12900K
Single-Core74417546
Multi-Core4342356332

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i9-12900K
Single-Core21173641
Multi-Core1707925262

Comparison of specifications

In the specification comparison table, the processor release date and overclocking capability will be the most useful. The newer the processor, the longer it will last you. And the easier it will be to upgrade the system later. The same benefits from the presence of overclocking. When the processor can be overclocked, thereby increasing its performance, then it will still be able to produce maximum FPS even in new games. The economy are obvious! Accordingly, there is no longer a need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer.

Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i9-12900K
Announcement dateJanuary 07, 2022July 21, 2021
TypeDesktopDesktop
SocketFCLGA1700FCLGA1700
Core nameAlder LakeAlder Lake
Architecturex86x86
Generation1212
Turbo Frequency5 MHz5.2 MHz
Frequency3.8 MHz3.9 MHz
Cores1216
Threads2024
Bus rate8 GT/s16 GT/s
Bit6464
Lithography7 nm7 nm
Transistors count10200 millions12400 millions
Power consumption (TDP)125 W125 W
Memory typeUp to DDR5 4800 MT/s Up to DDR4 3200 MT/sUp to DDR5 4800 MT/s Up to DDR4 3200 MT/s
Max. Memory128 Gb128 Gb
Memory Frequency6400
Memory bandwidth76.8 GB/s76.8 GB/s
L1 cache2 MB
L2 cache12 MB14 MB
L3 cache25 MB30 MB
OverclockingNoNo
Supports ECCNoNo
Part number
In this comparison block, you should pay attention to the differences in clock speed and the number of cores. Here Core i9-12900K is 2% better than Core i7-12700K in terms of CPU frequency. Another difference is that Core i9-12900K has 4 more core than Core i7-12700K. Also keep in mind that high CPU frequency affects battery life through power consumption (relevant for laptops).

Result:
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i7-12700K is better: 5
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i9-12900K is better: 27
   Although it should be understood that all the figures in the article above do not mean that taking them into account you should totally trust a simple quantitative comparison. Better to watch benchmarks video and read the opinion of of people who bought Intel Core i7-12700K and Intel Core i9-12900K before making a selection which of the CPUs to buy for gaming.
Intel Core i7-12700K - all data

•  Cinebench r15 score
•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 5 score
Intel Core i9-12900K - all data

•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 5 score
•  Cinebench r15 score


Intel Core i7-12700K Processor Comparisons
• Vs Core i9-12900H
• Vs Core i7-12700F
• Vs EPYC 7452
• Vs EPYC 7413
• Vs Ryzen 9 5950X
• Vs EPYC 7443
• Vs EPYC 7453
• Vs EPYC 7443P
• Vs Core i9-12900TE
• Vs Core i9-12900E
• Vs Core i9-12900T
• Vs EPYC 74F3
• Vs Core i9-12900
• Vs Core i9-12900F
• Vs EPYC 7502
• Vs EPYC 7513
• Vs EPYC 7543
• Vs Core i9-12900KF
• Vs Core i9-12900HK
• Vs EPYC 7643
• Vs EPYC 7543P
• Vs EPYC 7663
• Vs EPYC 7742
• Vs EPYC 7713
• Vs EPYC 75F3
• Vs EPYC 7713P
• Vs EPYC 7763
• Vs Core i7-12700KF
• Vs EPYC 73F3
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX
• Vs EPYC 7343
• Vs Ryzen 9 5900X
• Vs Xeon W-3275M
• Vs EPYC 7313
• Vs Xeon Gold 6248R
• Vs EPYC 7313P
• Vs Core i7-12800H
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX
• Vs Ryzen 9 5900
• Vs EPYC 72F3
• Vs Xeon Platinum 8260M
• Vs Core i9-10980XE
• Vs Ryzen 9 5800X
• Vs Ryzen 9 3900XT
• Vs Ryzen 9 3900X
• Vs Core i7-12700
• Vs Ryzen 9 5800
• Vs Core i7-12700E
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
• Vs Core i9-9980XE
• Vs Xeon W-3175X
• Vs Ryzen 9 PRO 3900
• Vs Core i5-12600KF
• Vs Core i5-12600K
• Vs Ryzen 9 PRO 6950H
• Vs Ryzen 9 PRO 6950HS
• Vs Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H
• Vs Ryzen 7 PRO 6850HS
• Vs Core i9-12900HX
• Vs Core i9-12950HX
• Vs Core i7-12700HL
• Vs Core i7-12800HL
• Vs Core i7-12850HX
• Vs Ryzen 9 7950X
• Vs Ryzen 9 7900X
• Vs Ryzen 9 7700X
• Vs Ryzen 9 7600X
• Vs Core i9-12900KS
• Vs Core i9-13900K
• Vs Core i9-13900KF
• Vs Core i7-13700K
• Vs Core i7-13700KF
• Vs Core i5-13600K
• Vs Core i5-13600KF
• Vs Core i9-13900KS
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5965WX
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX
• Vs Core i5-13400
• Vs Core i5-13500
• Vs Core i7-13700
• Vs Core i9-13900
• Vs Core i3-13100
• Vs Apple M2
• Vs Apple M1 Pro
• Vs Apple M1 Max
• Vs Apple M1 Ultra
• Vs Apple M2 Pro
• Vs Apple M2 Max
• Vs Core i5-13600
• Vs Core i7-13700HX
• Vs Core i9-13900HK
• Vs Core i9-13900HX
• Vs Core i5-13600HX
• Vs Core i9-13950HX
• Vs Ryzen 5 5600


Intel Core i9-12900K Processor Comparisons
• Vs Ryzen 9 3900XT
• Vs Ryzen 9 5800X
• Vs Core i9-10980XE
• Vs Xeon Platinum 8260M
• Vs EPYC 72F3
• Vs Ryzen 9 5900
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX
• Vs Xeon Gold 6242R
• Vs EPYC 7313P
• Vs Xeon Gold 6248R
• Vs EPYC 7313
• Vs Ryzen 9 3950X
• Vs Xeon W-3275M
• Vs Ryzen 9 5900X
• Vs EPYC 7343
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX
• Vs EPYC 73F3
• Vs EPYC 7272
• Vs EPYC 7452
• Vs EPYC 7413
• Vs Ryzen 9 5950X
• Vs EPYC 7443
• Vs EPYC 7453
• Vs EPYC 7443P
• Vs EPYC 74F3
• Vs EPYC 7502
• Vs EPYC 7513
• Vs EPYC 7543
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
• Vs EPYC 7643
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
• Vs EPYC 7702
• Vs EPYC 7763
• Vs EPYC 7713P
• Vs EPYC 75F3
• Vs EPYC 7713
• Vs EPYC 7742
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX
• Vs EPYC 7663
• Vs EPYC 7543P
• Vs Core i9-13900K
• Vs Core i9-12900HK
• Vs Core i9-12900H
• Vs Core i7-12800H
• Vs Core i9-12900KF
• Vs Core i9-12900T
• Vs Core i9-12900TE
• Vs Core i9-12900F
• Vs Core i9-12900E
• Vs Core i9-12900
• Vs Core i7-12700KF
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX
• Vs Core i9-12900HX
• Vs Core i9-12950HX
• Vs Core i9-12900KS
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5975WX
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5965WX
• Vs Ryzen 9 7900X
• Vs Ryzen 9 7700X
• Vs Ryzen 9 7600X
• Vs Core i7-11700F
• Vs Core i3-12100
• Vs Core i7-11700
• Vs Ryzen 7 5700G
• Vs Core i5-11600K
• Vs Core i9-11900H
• Vs Ryzen 5 5600X
• Vs Core i7-12700
• Vs Core i7-11700T
• Vs Ryzen 9 5800
• Vs Core i5-11600
• Vs Core i5-12400T
• Vs Core i9-10900KF
• Vs Core i7-11700B
• Vs Core i5-11600KF
• Vs Core i9-10900K
• Vs Core i5-12600
• Vs Ryzen 7 5800X3D
• Vs Core i9-11900KF
• Vs Core i9-11900
• Vs Ryzen 7 5800U
• Vs Core i9-11900KB
• Vs Core i5-12490F
• Vs Ryzen 7 Pro 5750G
• Vs Core i7-11700K
• Vs Ryzen 9 3900
• Vs Ryzen 5 5600G
• Vs Core i3-12300
• Vs Core i3-12300T
• Vs Core i9-11900K
• Vs Ryzen 7 3700X
• Vs Core i5-12600K
• Vs Core i3-12100F
• Vs Core i7-12700F
• Vs Core i5-12600KF
• Vs Core i7-12650HX
• Vs Core i5-12600H
• Vs Core i5-12500
• Vs Ryzen 9 PRO 3900
• Vs Core i5-12500T
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
• Vs Ryzen 7 3800X
• Vs Core i7-12850HX
• Vs Core i9-11900F
• Vs Ryzen 9 5600X
• Vs Ryzen 7 PRO 3700
• Vs Ryzen 7 3800XT
• Vs Core i5-12400
• Vs Core i7-12700T
• Vs Core i7-11700KF
• Vs Core i5-12400F
• Vs Core i3-12100T
• Vs Core i9-11900T
• Vs Core i9-11980HK
• Vs Core i9-13900KF
• Vs Core i7-13700K
• Vs Core i7-13700KF
• Vs Core i5-13600K
• Vs Core i5-13600KF
• Vs Core i9-13900KS
• Vs Core i5-13400
• Vs Core i5-13500
• Vs Core i7-13700
• Vs Core i9-13900
• Vs Core i3-13100
• Vs Apple M2
• Vs Apple M1 Pro
• Vs Apple M1 Max
• Vs Apple M1 Ultra
• Vs Apple M2 Pro
• Vs Apple M2 Max
• Vs Core i5-13600
• Vs Core i9-13900HK
• Vs Core i9-13900HX
• Vs Core i5-13600HX
• Vs Core i9-13950HX
• Vs Ryzen 5 5600
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