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Intel Core i9-12900K vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X gaming benchmark

Intel Core i9-12900K vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X

Processor comparisons   22-07-2021
   If you have difficulties with the choice of a processor, you will solve them by reading the full tests Intel Core i9-12900K vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and understand which is better for games or simple use for programming, rendering, video editing, machine learning, streaming. Here is all information from different benchmarks or real video editing and streaming tests. A thorough analysis of all the technical characteristics, to make it easier to read, is summarized in the table.
   From the video comparison, you can get the results of joint testing in software tests like PCMark 10, PassMark, 7zip, Furmark, Gears 5, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark, Geekbench 5.2, DaVinci Resolve Studio, Blender, MATLAB, Dolphin Emulator, UserBenchmark, VeraCrypt, Blender, Prime95, RealBench, 3DMark, SuperPi, Cinebench 23 (20, 15), Handbrake, WPrime, AIDA64.
   Gaming performance of CPUs in:
  • Valheim
  • Fortnite
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Fallout 76
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Apex Legends
  • Death Stranding
  • DOOM: Eternal
  • Last Man Standing
  • Overwatch
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Halo Infinite
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Valorant
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Watch Dogs Legion

   After looking at the data these benchmarks and videos, you already be able to figure out which processor is better to buy for gaming AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X or Intel Core i9-12900K.

 
Intel Core i9-12900K
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X

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 Threadripper 3960X80%
This parameter shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i9-12900K is 1% better than Ryzen Threadripper 3960X. 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 Threadripper 3960X72%
The maximum result in this parameter is 100 percent, which is the performance of the most powerful processor at the moment. 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. Therefore, if you think that the selected CPU has a little 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: DOTA 2A, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, NBA 2K20, Metro Exodus, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 4, Monster Hunter World, League of Legends (LOL), Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Ghostrunner, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Control, Hitman 3, Horizon Zero Dawn, Battlefield V, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Half-Life: Alyx.

Gaming benchmark

Fortnite127.0126.7
Valorant144.4144.0
Cyberpunk 207780.880.7
Apex Legends135.7135.4
Call of Duty Warzone108.3108.0
Overwatch116.9116.7
Red Dead Redemption 299.699.4
DOOM Eternal72.272.0
Warzone112.6112.3
Assassin's Creed121.3121.0
Valheim119.8119.5
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 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. You will get more accurate information about how powerful 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 Threadripper 3960X15%
To make a finishing 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 i9-12900K is more energy efficient than the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X as it consumes less power: 125W vs. 280W. Power consumption is especially important for laptops. Also, when choosing a processor cooling system, you must know its TDP. It is necessary to calculate so that the TDP data specified in the cooler specification is greater than the TDP of the compared processor.


Software benchmarks

If you want to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for streaming, programming, video editing or video rendering, machine learning, then the main parameter for you is its performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, to achieve maximum performance, the CPU uses 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. Since there are still many programs that use only one core to run, and all the advantages 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 Threadripper 3960X
Cinbench 15 Single-core489209
Cinbench 15 Multi-core51505933
Cinbench 20 Single-core816509
Cinbench 20 Multi-core1145013552
Cinbench 23 Single-core28961270
Cinbench 23 Multi-core3295034255

Passmark
This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900K AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
Single-Core75462663
Multi-Core5633254830

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900K AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
Single-Core36411306
Multi-Core2526225072

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 later. The same benefits from the presence of overclocking. When the processor can be overclocked, increasing its performance, then it will continue to maintain maximum FPS even in new games. Accordingly, you do not need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer. The economy are obvious!

Intel Core i9-12900K AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
Announcement dateJuly 21, 2021November 25, 2019
TypeDesktopDesktop
SocketFCLGA1700sTRX4
Core nameAlder Lake-SCastle Peak
Architecturex86Zen 2
Generation123
Turbo Frequency5.3 MHz4.5 MHz
Frequency3.9 MHz3.8 MHz
Cores1624
Threads3248
Bus rate16 GT/s
Bit6464
Lithography10 nm7 nm
Transistors count12600 millions22600 millions
Power consumption (TDP)125 W280 W
Memory typeDDR5-6400DDR4
Max. Memory256 Gb
Memory Frequency64003200
Memory bandwidth108 GB/s
L1 cache2 MB1.5MB
L2 cache8 MB12MB
L3 cache30 MB128MB
OverclockingNoYes
Supports ECCNoNo
Part number100-000000010
100-100000010WOF
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 Ryzen Threadripper 3960X in terms of CPU frequency. Another difference is that Ryzen Threadripper 3960X has 8 more core than Core i9-12900K. 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 i9-12900K is better: 30
The number of parameters for which AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X is better: 8
   Although it should be understood that all the figures that you have looked at here do not mean that taking them into account you should fully trust a simple quantitative comparison. Better to watch the testing video and read the reviews of of people who bought Intel Core i9-12900K and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X before making a decision which of the CPUs to buy for gaming.
•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 5 score
•  Cinebench r15 score


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•  Cinebench r15 score
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Versus Battle of the Processors
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