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Intel Core i9-12900K vs Intel Core i3-12300 gaming benchmark

Intel Core i9-12900K vs Intel Core i3-12300

Processor comparisons   28-09-2022
   Let's say you can't decide which processor to buy, you can make a decision by looking at the Intel Core i9-12900K vs Intel Core i3-12300 tests and decide which is better for games or simple use for streaming, programming, video editing, rendering, machine learning. Here you can find all information from real streaming and video editing tests or several benchmarks. A careful review of all the technical characteristics, so that it can be easier to read, is summarized in the table.
   From the video comparison, you can get the results of joint testing in software tests such as Furmark, SuperPi, VeraCrypt, WPrime, Prime95, 3DMark, PCMark 10, RealBench, UserBenchmark, Gears 5, Blender, Blender, DaVinci Resolve Studio, AIDA64, MATLAB, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark, Handbrake, Cinebench 23 (20, 15), 7zip, Geekbench 5.2, Dolphin Emulator, PassMark.
   Gaming performance of CPUs in:
  • Fortnite
  • Borderlands 3
  • Valorant
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Halo Infinite
  • Apex Legends
  • Death Stranding
  • Valheim
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Overwatch
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Last Man Standing
  • Fallout 76
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone
  • DOOM: Eternal

   After reading the results of joint benchmarks and videos, you can already make an informed decision about which CPU is better to buy for gaming Intel Core i3-12300 or Intel Core i9-12900K.


 
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i3-12300

Summary benchmark results

As a percentage of the maximum value based on a sample from the entire base of all processors
Processor Benchmark
Core i9-12900K76% Core i3-1230059%
The number of this parameter shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i9-12900K is 22% better than Core i3-12300. The data source is several popular tests. More detailed information of the benchmarks is below.

Gaming performance
Summary result of all game benchmarks.
Core i9-12900K72% Core i3-1230057%
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 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 final table below.
List of less popular games in which processors were compared: NBA 2K20, Half-Life: Alyx, Ghostrunner, Horizon Zero Dawn, League of Legends (LOL), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Hitman 3, Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Monster Hunter World, Forza Horizon 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Control, DOTA 2A, Battlefield V.

Gaming benchmark

Fortnite127.0100.4
Valorant144.4114.0
Cyberpunk 207780.863.9
Apex Legends135.7107.2
Call of Duty Warzone108.385.5
Overwatch116.992.4
Red Dead Redemption 299.678.7
DOOM Eternal72.257.0
Warzone112.689.0
Assassin's Creed121.395.8
Valheim119.894.7
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 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: 2K, 4K or FullHD. Therefore, 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% Core i3-1230098%
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 i3-12300 is more energy efficient than the Core i9-12900K since it has less power consumption: 125W vs. 60W. 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, streaming, programming, video editing or video rendering, then the main parameter for you is its performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, the processor uses all cores and threads that it has to the maximum to achieve maximum performance. You will learn this data from the benchmark tables below. Before using the data from these tests, be sure to make sure that 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 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 i9-12900K Intel Core i3-12300
Cinbench 15 Single-core489271
Cinbench 15 Multi-core51501993
Cinbench 20 Single-core816653
Cinbench 20 Multi-core114504525
Cinbench 23 Single-core28961530
Cinbench 23 Multi-core3295014916

Passmark
This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i3-12300
Single-Core75463578
Multi-Core5633220882

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i3-12300
Single-Core36411770
Multi-Core252627998

Comparison of specifications

In the specification comparison table, the most useful will be the release date of the processor and the possibility of overclocking it. The later the processor is released, the longer it will last in your computer. And the easier it will be to upgrade the system later. The same can be said about overclocking. If the processor can be overclocked, thereby increasing its performance, then it will continue to maintain maximum FPS even in new games. It turns out that you do not need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer. The economy are obvious!

Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i3-12300
Announcement dateJuly 21, 2021January 07, 2022
TypeDesktopDesktop
SocketFCLGA1700FCBGA1744
Core nameAlder LakeAlder Lake
Architecturex86x86
Generation1212
Turbo Frequency5.2 MHz4.4 MHz
Frequency3.9 MHz1 MHz
Cores164
Threads248
Bus rate16 GT/s8 GT/s
Bit6464
Lithography7 nm7 nm
Transistors count12400 millions9800 millions
Power consumption (TDP)125 W60 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 cache14 MB5 MB
L3 cache30 MB12 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 74% better than Core i3-12300 in terms of CPU frequency. Another difference is that Core i9-12900K has 12 more core than Core i3-12300. 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: 29
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i3-12300 is better: 4
   However, it should be understood that the summary data in the table above do not mean that taking them into account you should entirely trust a simple comparison of these numbers. Be sure to watch the testing video and read the reviews of real owners of Intel Core i9-12900K and Intel Core i3-12300 before making a choice which processor to buy for gaming and which not.
Intel Core i9-12900K - all data

•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 5 score
•  Cinebench r15 score
Intel Core i3-12300 - all data

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


Intel Core i9-12900K Processor Comparisons
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• 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 i7-12700K
• 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 i3-12300T
• 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


Intel Core i3-12300 Processor Comparisons
• Vs Core i3-12100T
• Vs Core i3-12100TE
• Vs Ryzen 7 PRO 4700G
• Vs Core i9-10900F
• Vs Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G
• Vs Core i9-10900
• Vs Ryzen 7 5700U
• Vs Core i9-7900X
• Vs Core i7-1260P
• Vs Ryzen 9 4900U
• Vs Core i9-9900X
• Vs Ryzen 7 5800
• Vs Xeon Gold 6130T
• Vs Ryzen 5 5600G
• Vs Apple M1
• Vs Core i5-12500TE
• Vs Ryzen 5 5600X
• Vs Ryzen 7 5800U
• Vs Core i7-1270P
• Vs Core i5-12500T
• Vs EPYC 7F32
• Vs Core i9-10910
• Vs Core i5-12500E
• Vs Core i9-10900X
• Vs Core i7-1280P
• Vs Core i5-12500
• Vs Ryzen 7 3700X
• Vs Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
• Vs Ryzen 9 5900HS
• Vs Core i9-10850K
• Vs Ryzen 7 3800X
• Vs Core i9-7920X
• Vs Core i5-1250P
• Vs Ryzen 7 4700GE
• Vs Core i5-1155G7
• Vs Core i5-11600K
• Vs Core i3-12100
• Vs Core i3-12100F
• Vs Core i5-11500H
• Vs Core i9-9820X
• Vs Core i5-11600KF
• Vs Ryzen 7 PRO 4750GE
• Vs Core i5-1240P
• Vs Core i5-11500B
• Vs Core i3-12300T
• Vs Core i3-12100E
• Vs Ryzen 7 4700G
• Vs Ryzen 9 4900HS
• Vs Core i5-11600
• Vs Core i7-10700KF
• Vs Core i9-9900KS
• Vs Core i7-10700K
• Vs Core i7-7900X
• Vs Core i5-11500
• Vs Core i5-11400H
• Vs Ryzen 9 4900H
• Vs Ryzen 7 4800H
• Vs Ryzen 7 4800HS
• Vs Core i5-11400
• Vs Core i9-9900KF
• Vs Ryzen 7 PRO 5875U
• Vs Ryzen 7 5825U
• Vs Ryzen 5 PRO 5650G
• Vs Ryzen 7 Pro 5750GE
• Vs Core i7-1265UL
• Vs Core i5-1250PE
• Vs Ryzen 9 7700X
• Vs Ryzen 9 7600X
• Vs Core i9-13900K
• Vs Core i9-12900F
• Vs Core i9-13900KF
• Vs Core i5-13600K
• Vs Core i5-13600KF
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• Vs Apple M2 Pro
• Vs Apple M2 Max
• Vs Core i5-13600HX
• Vs Ryzen 5 5600
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