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Intel Core i9-12900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 3950X gaming benchmark

Intel Core i9-12900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Processor comparisons   22-07-2021
   Perhaps you are thinking about choosing a CPU, you will be able to make a decision by looking at the Intel Core i9-12900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 3950X tests and decide which is better for games or normal use for rendering, machine learning, programming, video editing, streaming. Here is all information from real video editing and streaming tests or many benchmarks. A careful review of all the specifications, so that it can be easier to read, is made by the table.
   From the video comparison, you can get the results of parallel examination in synthetic type tests like Dolphin Emulator, Geekbench 5.2, WPrime, 7zip, DaVinci Resolve Studio, SuperPi, PCMark 10, 3DMark, Blender, Furmark, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark, VeraCrypt, MATLAB, Blender, Gears 5, AIDA64, Handbrake, Prime95, PassMark, RealBench, UserBenchmark, Cinebench 23 (20, 15).
   And how good the processors are in games:
  • Death Stranding
  • Halo Infinite
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Fallout 76
  • Valorant
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone
  • Valheim
  • Apex Legends
  • Overwatch
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Borderlands 3
  • Last Man Standing
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • DOOM: Eternal
  • Fortnite
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Grand Theft Auto V

   After reading the results of parallel benchmarks and videos, you already be able to understand which processor is better to buy for gaming AMD Ryzen 9 3950X or Intel Core i9-12900K.

Intel Core i9-12900K
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Summary benchmark results

As a percentage of the maximum value based on a sample from the entire base of all processors

Processor Benchmark
Core i9-12900K81% Ryzen 9 3950X71%
This parameter shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i9-12900K is 12% better than Ryzen 9 3950X. The data source is several popular tests. Detailed information can be found below.

Gaming performance
Summary result of all game benchmarks.
Core i9-12900K72% Ryzen 9 3950X63%
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 run games. Because this processor costs several tens of thousands of dollars. Therefore, if you think that the selected CPU has a small 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: Forza Horizon 4, Metro Exodus, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, NBA 2K20, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Battlefield V, DOTA 2A, Ghostrunner, Control, League of Legends (LOL), PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Half-Life: Alyx, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Hitman 3, Monster Hunter World, Horizon Zero Dawn.

Gaming benchmark

Cyberpunk 207780.871.2
Apex Legends135.7119.4
Call of Duty Warzone108.395.3
Red Dead Redemption 299.687.7
DOOM Eternal72.263.5
Assassin's Creed121.3106.7
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 comparing not only were the equipped with different amounts of RAM and different video cards. But users also tested them at different screen resolutions: 4K, 2K or FullHD. 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 i9-12900K97% Ryzen 9 3950X40%
To make a final 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 Ryzen 9 3950X as it consumes less power: 125W vs. 105W. Power consumption is particularly important for laptops. Also, when choosing a processor cooling system, you must know its TDP. 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

Let's say you plan to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for video rendering or video editing, programming, machine learning, streaming, then the main parameter for you is its performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, the CPU uses all threads and cores that it has to the maximum to achieve maximum efficiency. You will learn this data from the benchmark tables below. Before using the data from these tests, be sure to find out whether the program that you are going to use on your computer can work in multi-threaded mode. Because there are still many programs that can use only one core to work, 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 i9-12900K AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
Cinbench 15 Single-core489217
Cinbench 15 Multi-core51503897
Cinbench 20 Single-core816531
Cinbench 20 Multi-core114509148
Cinbench 23 Single-core28961371
Cinbench 23 Multi-core3295024050

This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900K AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900K AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Comparison of specifications

In the specification comparison table, the most helpful 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 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 the newest games. The savings are obvious! It turns out that you do not need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer.

Intel Core i9-12900K AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
Announcement dateJuly 21, 2021October 01, 2019
Core nameAlder LakeMatisse
Architecturex86Zen 2
Turbo Frequency5.3 MHz4.7 MHz
Frequency3.9 MHz3.5 MHz
Bus rate16 GT/s
Lithography10 nm7 nm
Transistors count12600 millions7800 millions
Power consumption (TDP)125 W105 W
Memory typeDDR5-6400DDR4
Max. Memory256 Gb
Memory Frequency64003200
Memory bandwidth108 GB/s
L1 cache2 MB1MB
L2 cache8 MB8MB
L3 cache30 MB64MB
Supports ECCNoNo
Part number100-000000051
In this comparison block, you should pay attention to the differences in clock speed and the number of cores. Here Core i9-12900K is 10% better than Ryzen 9 3950X in terms of CPU frequency. Also keep in mind that high CPU frequency affects battery life through power consumption (relevant for laptops).

The number of parameters for which Intel Core i9-12900K is better: 31
The number of parameters for which AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is better: 5
   However, it should be realized that all the figures in the article above do not mean that taking them into account you should entirely trust a simple comparison of these figures. Better to watch the testing video and read the opinion of of people who bought Intel Core i9-12900K and AMD Ryzen 9 3950X before making a choice which processor to buy for gaming and which not.
•  Cinebench r20 score
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•  GeekBench 5 score
•  Cinebench r15 score

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