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

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

Processor comparisons   11-01-2022
   Let's say you can't decide which CPU to buy, you can make a decision after reading the detailed tests Intel Core i7-12700K vs Intel Core i9-12900KF and decide which is better for games or simple use for streaming, video editing, programming, rendering, machine learning. Here is useful information from real streaming and video editing tests or several benchmarks. A step-by-step analysis of all the technical characteristics, to make it easier to read, is made by the table.
   From the video comparison, you can get the results of joint testing in software tests like UserBenchmark, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark, Blender, AIDA64, SuperPi, PassMark, Prime95, Furmark, Dolphin Emulator, Handbrake, DaVinci Resolve Studio, 3DMark, Cinebench 23 (20, 15), Blender, 7zip, RealBench, VeraCrypt, Geekbench 5.2, Gears 5, WPrime, MATLAB, PCMark 10.
   Gaming performance of CPUs in:
  • Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Overwatch
  • Halo Infinite
  • Fallout 76
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Last Man Standing
  • Apex Legends
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Borderlands 3
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • DOOM: Eternal
  • Valorant
  • Fortnite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Death Stranding
  • Valheim

   After looking at the data of joint benchmarks and videos, you already be able to understand which processor is better to buy for gaming Intel Core i9-12900KF or Intel Core i7-12700K.


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

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 i9-12900KF75%
This shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i9-12900KF is 6% better than Core i7-12700K. The data source is several popular tests. More detailed information of the benchmarks is below.

Gaming performance
Summary result of all game benchmarks.
Core i7-12700K64% Core i9-12900KF68%
For the maximum in this test, the results of the most powerful processor in the site database are taken. And it is clear that 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. And if it seems to you that the selected CPU has a small game result, just look at the FPS that it produces in real games in the summary table below.
List of less popular games in which processors were compared: Forza Horizon 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Hitman 3, Battlefield V, Half-Life: Alyx, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, League of Legends (LOL), PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), NBA 2K20, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Ghostrunner, Metro Exodus, DOTA 2A, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Control, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Monster Hunter World.

Gaming benchmark

Fortnite114.4119.7
Valorant130.0136.0
Cyberpunk 207772.876.2
Apex Legends122.2127.9
Call of Duty Warzone97.5102.0
Overwatch105.3110.2
Red Dead Redemption 289.793.9
DOOM Eternal65.068.0
Warzone101.4106.1
Assassin's Creed109.2114.3
Valheim107.9112.9
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 computers that were in the comparisons not only did they have different amounts of RAM and different video cards. But users also tested them at different screen resolutions: FullHD, 2K 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 get acquainted with the benchmarks that are made with the same video card that is installed in your computer.


Power consumption
Core i7-12700K56% Core i9-12900KF52%
To make a final decision 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 i7-12700K is more energy efficient than the Core i9-12900KF as it consumes less power: 125W vs. 125W. Power consumption is particularly important for laptops. And TDP should be taken into account when choosing a processor cooling system. You need to buy a cooler that has the TDP data specified in the specification was greater than the TDP of the compared processor.

Software benchmarks

For example you want to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for video editing or video rendering, programming, streaming, machine learning, then first of all you need to pay attention to the performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, to reach maximum efficiency, the CPU turns on all threads and cores that it has. You will learn this data from the benchmark tables below. Before you take into account the data from these tests, be sure to find out whether the software that you are going to use on your computer can work in multi-threaded mode. Since there are still many programs that can use only one core to run, and all the benefit of multi-core mode turns out to be unnecessary.
Cinebench 23, 20 an 15
The results of this benchmark show Single-threaded and Multi-threaded CPU performance
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i9-12900KF
Cinbench 15 Single-core569474
Cinbench 15 Multi-core41454996
Cinbench 20 Single-core1358792
Cinbench 20 Multi-core940811107
Cinbench 23 Single-core31792809
Cinbench 23 Multi-core3101531962

Passmark
This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i9-12900KF
Single-Core74417320
Multi-Core4342354642

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i9-12900KF
Single-Core21171967
Multi-Core1707920514

Comparison of specifications

In the specification comparison table, the most useful will be the the possibility of overclocking it and release date of the processor. The later the processor is released, 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. If the processor can be overclocked, increasing its performance, then it will still be able to produce maximum FPS even in new games. It turns out that there is no longer a need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer. The savings are obvious!

Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i9-12900KF
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 millions12600 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 i9-12900KF is 2% better than Core i7-12700K in terms of CPU frequency. Another difference is that Core i9-12900KF 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: 7
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i9-12900KF is better: 25
   Although it should be realized that the summary data that you have looked at here do not mean that taking them into account you should fully trust a simple comparison of these numbers. Better to watch the testing video and read the opinion of of people who bought Intel Core i7-12700K and Intel Core i9-12900KF before making a choice which processor to buy for gaming and which not.
Intel Core i7-12700K - all data

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

•  Cinebench r15 score
•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 5 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 i9-12900HK
• Vs EPYC 7643
• Vs Core i9-12900K
• 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


Intel Core i9-12900KF Processor Comparisons
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
• Vs Core i9-12900HK
• Vs EPYC 7643
• Vs Core i9-12900H
• Vs Core i9-12900K
• Vs EPYC 7543P
• Vs EPYC 7663
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
• Vs EPYC 7742
• Vs EPYC 7713
• Vs EPYC 75F3
• Vs EPYC 7713P
• Vs EPYC 7763
• Vs EPYC 7702
• Vs Core i9-13900K
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX
• Vs EPYC 7543
• Vs EPYC 7513
• Vs EPYC 7502
• Vs Core i9-12900F
• Vs Core i9-12900
• Vs EPYC 74F3
• Vs Core i9-12900E
• Vs Core i9-12900T
• Vs Core i9-12900TE
• Vs EPYC 7443P
• Vs EPYC 7453
• Vs EPYC 7443
• Vs Ryzen 9 5950X
• Vs EPYC 7413
• Vs EPYC 7452
• Vs EPYC 7272
• Vs EPYC 73F3
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX
• Vs EPYC 7343
• Vs Ryzen 9 5900X
• Vs Xeon W-3275M
• Vs Ryzen 9 3950X
• Vs EPYC 7313
• Vs Xeon Gold 6248R
• Vs EPYC 7313P
• Vs Core i7-12800H
• Vs Xeon Gold 6242R
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX
• Vs Ryzen 9 5900
• Vs EPYC 72F3
• Vs Core i7-12700KF
• Vs Core i5-12600KF
• Vs Core i5-12600K
• 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 Core i7-12850HX
• Vs Ryzen 9 7900X
• Vs Ryzen 9 7700X
• Vs Ryzen 9 7600X
• Vs Core i5-11400H
• Vs Core i7-11700B
• Vs Core i5-12500
• Vs Core i5-11600T
• Vs Ryzen 9 PRO 6950H
• Vs Core i7-11700T
• Vs Core i7-12700
• Vs Core i5-11500
• Vs Core i5-11600K
• Vs Core i5-12400F
• Vs Ryzen 7 Pro 5750G
• Vs Core i7-12700H
• Vs Ryzen 9 5600X
• Vs Core i9-11900
• Vs Core i5-11400
• Vs Core i5-11400T
• Vs Ryzen 9 PRO 3900
• Vs Core i5-12490F
• Vs Core i9-11900K
• Vs Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H
• Vs Core i7-11700
• Vs Core i9-11900H
• Vs Core i5-12400T
• Vs Ryzen 7 5700G
• Vs Core i5-11600KF
• Vs Core i9-11900KF
• Vs Core i3-12100
• Vs Core i5-12600
• Vs Core i5-10600K
• Vs Core i9-11900F
• Vs Ryzen 9 5800
• Vs Ryzen 7 5800X3D
• Vs Core i9-10900
• Vs Core i3-12300T
• Vs Core i7-11700KF
• Vs Core i5-11500T
• Vs Core i5-12600T
• Vs Ryzen 9 5800X
• Vs Core i9-11900KB
• Vs Core i5-11400F
• Vs Ryzen 9 PRO 6950HS
• Vs Ryzen 9 3900X
• Vs Core i5-12400
• Vs Core i9-10900KF
• Vs Core i7-12700T
• Vs Ryzen 7 5800X
• Vs Core i7-11700F
• Vs Core i3-12100F
• Vs Ryzen 9 3900XT
• Vs Core i9-10900F
• Vs Ryzen 9 3900
• Vs Core i3-12100T
• Vs Core i7-12700F
• Vs Core i5-10600KF
• Vs Core i9-13900KF
• Vs Core i7-13700K
• Vs Core i7-13700KF
• Vs Core i5-13600K
• Vs Core i5-13600KF
• Vs Core i9-13900KS
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