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

Intel Core i9-12900 vs Intel Core i9-12900K

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

   After reading the results of joint benchmarks and videos, you already be able to understand which processor is better to buy for gaming Intel Core i9-12900K or Intel Core i9-12900.

 
Intel Core i9-12900
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 i9-1290078% Core i9-12900K81%
This shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i9-12900K is 3% better than Core i9-12900. The data source is several popular tests. Detailed information can be found below.

Gaming performance
Summary result of all game benchmarks.
Core i9-1290064% Core i9-12900K72%
The maximum result in this parameter is 100 percent, which is the performance of the most powerful processor currently available. And it is clear that this is a server processor, on which no one will run games. Because this processor costs several tens of thousands of dollars. And if it seems to you 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 processors were compared: Monster Hunter World, Ghostrunner, Hitman 3, Forza Horizon 4, Half-Life: Alyx, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, League of Legends (LOL), Battlefield V, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), DOTA 2A, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Horizon Zero Dawn, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Metro Exodus, Control, NBA 2K20.

Gaming benchmark

Fortnite112.8127.0
Valorant128.1144.4
Cyberpunk 207771.880.8
Apex Legends120.5135.7
Call of Duty Warzone96.1108.3
Overwatch103.8116.9
Red Dead Redemption 288.499.6
DOOM Eternal64.172.2
Warzone100.0112.6
Assassin's Creed107.6121.3
Valheim106.4119.8
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 computers participating in the comparisons not only were the equipped with different video cards and different amounts of RAM. But users also tested them at different screen resolutions: 4K, 2K or FullHD. Therefore, the game benchmark data is approximate. But all video cards met the average system requirements of games. You will get more accurate information about how powerful 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 i9-1290096% Core i9-12900K97%
To make a final resolution on which processor is better, you should also consider the generation of its core. The newer the processor generation, the better its performance in games and benchmarks, as well as its energy efficiency. In this case the Core i9-12900K is more energy efficient than the Core i9-12900 as it consumes less power: 65W vs. 125W. Power consumption is especially important for laptops. Also, when choosing a processor cooling system, you need to 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

For example you want to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for video editing or video rendering, machine learning, streaming, programming, then first of all you need to pay attention to the performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, to reach maximum performance, the processor turns on 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 software you are going to use on your computer supports multi-threaded mode. Because there are still many programs that use only one core to run, and all the benefit 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 i9-12900 Intel Core i9-12900K
Cinbench 15 Single-core445489
Cinbench 15 Multi-core46875150
Cinbench 20 Single-core743816
Cinbench 20 Multi-core1042011450
Cinbench 23 Single-core26352896
Cinbench 23 Multi-core2998532950

Passmark
This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900 Intel Core i9-12900K
Single-Core68677546
Multi-Core5126256332

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900 Intel Core i9-12900K
Single-Core18853641
Multi-Core1602825262

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 newer the processor, the longer it will last you. And the easier it will be to upgrade the system in the future. The same can be said about overclocking. When the processor can be overclocked, increasing its performance, then it will still be able to produce maximum FPS in the newest 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 i9-12900 Intel Core i9-12900K
Announcement dateJuly 21, 2021July 21, 2021
TypeDesktopDesktop
SocketFCLGA1700FCLGA1700
Core nameAlder LakeAlder Lake
Architecturex86x86
Generation1212
Turbo Frequency5.1 MHz5.2 MHz
Frequency3.8 MHz3.9 MHz
Cores1616
Threads2424
Bus rate16 GT/s16 GT/s
Bit6464
Lithography7 nm7 nm
Transistors count12600 millions2950 millions
Power consumption (TDP)65 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 Frequency64006400
Memory bandwidth76.8 GB/s76.8 GB/s
L1 cache2 MB2 MB
L2 cache12 MB14 MB
L3 cache30 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 i9-12900 in terms of CPU frequency. 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 i9-12900 is better: 2
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i9-12900K is better: 24
   However, it should be understood that all the data in the table above do not mean that taking them into account you should undividedly trust a simple comparison of these figures. Be sure to watch the testing video and read the opinion of real owners of Intel Core i9-12900 and Intel Core i9-12900K before making a selection which CPU to buy for gaming and which not.
•  Cinebench r15 score
•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 5 score


Versus Battle of the Processors
• Vs Core i9-13900K
• Vs EPYC 7763
• Vs EPYC 7713P
• Vs EPYC 75F3
• Vs EPYC 7713
• Vs EPYC 7663
• Vs EPYC 7543P
• Vs Core i9-12900H
• Vs EPYC 7643
• Vs Core i9-12900HK
• Core i9-12900KF Vs Core i9-12900

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


Versus Battle of the Processors
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• Core i9-13900K Vs Core i9-12900K
• Vs EPYC 7702
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• Vs EPYC 7713P
• Vs EPYC 75F3
• Vs EPYC 7713
• Vs EPYC 7742
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX
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