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Intel Core i9-12900K vs Intel Core i9-10980XE gaming benchmark

Intel Core i9-12900K vs Intel Core i9-10980XE

Processor comparisons   22-07-2021
   You may have difficulties with the choice of a processor, you will solve them by reading the comprehensive tests Intel Core i9-12900K vs Intel Core i9-10980XE and understand which is better for games or simple use for streaming, video editing, rendering, programming, machine learning. Here you can find all information from many benchmarks or real streaming and video editing tests. A thorough analysis of all the technical characteristics, so that it can be easier to understand, is made by the table.
   From the video comparison, you can get the results of joint testing in special testing software like UserBenchmark, WPrime, AIDA64, Handbrake, DaVinci Resolve Studio, VeraCrypt, Prime95, Cinebench 23 (20, 15), Geekbench 5.2, 3DMark, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark, Dolphin Emulator, PassMark, Gears 5, PCMark 10, Blender, 7zip, Blender, MATLAB, Furmark, RealBench, SuperPi.
   Gaming performance of CPUs in:
  • Last Man Standing
  • Fallout 76
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Apex Legends
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Halo Infinite
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Valheim
  • Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare
  • DOOM: Eternal
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Overwatch
  • Valorant
  • Fortnite
  • Death Stranding
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Borderlands 3
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

   After looking at the data of parallel benchmarks and videos, you can already make an briefed decision about which CPU is better to buy for gaming Intel Core i9-10980XE or Intel Core i9-12900K.

 
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-10980XE

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 i9-10980XE65%
This value shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i9-12900K is 14% better than Core i9-10980XE. The data source is several popular tests. Detailed information can be found below.

Gaming performance
Summary result of all game benchmarks.
Core i9-12900K72% Core i9-10980XE67%
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 play games. Because this processor costs several tens of thousands of dollars. Therefore, if you think that the selected CPU has a low game result, just 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: Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, League of Legends (LOL), Half-Life: Alyx, Horizon Zero Dawn, DOTA 2A, Forza Horizon 4, Hitman 3, Ghostrunner, Control, Battlefield V, NBA 2K20, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Monster Hunter World, Microsoft Flight Simulator, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus.

Gaming benchmark

Fortnite127.0119.3
Valorant144.4135.6
Cyberpunk 207780.875.9
Apex Legends135.7127.5
Call of Duty Warzone108.3101.7
Overwatch116.9109.8
Red Dead Redemption 299.693.6
DOOM Eternal72.267.8
Warzone112.6105.8
Assassin's Creed121.3113.9
Valheim119.8112.6
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 tested computers 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. 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 i9-12900K97% Core i9-10980XE28%
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 Core i9-10980XE as it consumes less power: 125W vs. 165W. 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

For example you plan to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for video rendering or video editing, streaming, machine learning, programming, then the main parameter for you is its performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, to reach maximum efficiency, the processor includes all cores and threads that it has. 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. Since there are still many programs that 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 i9-10980XE
Cinbench 15 Single-core489211
Cinbench 15 Multi-core51503800
Cinbench 20 Single-core816480
Cinbench 20 Multi-core114508848
Cinbench 23 Single-core28961191
Cinbench 23 Multi-core3295024309

Passmark
This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-10980XE
Single-Core75462626
Multi-Core5633234005

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-10980XE
Single-Core36411417
Multi-Core2526220280

Comparison of specifications

In the specification comparison table, the most helpful will be the release date of the processor and the possibility of overclocking it. The newer the processor, the longer it will last you. And the easier it will be to upgrade the system later. The same can be said about overclocking. When the processor can be overclocked, increasing its performance, then it will continue to maintain maximum FPS in new games. Accordingly, there is no longer a need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer. The economy are obvious!

Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-10980XE
Announcement dateJuly 21, 2021October 01, 2019
TypeDesktopDesktop
SocketFCLGA1700FCLGA2066
Core nameAlder LakeCascade Lake
Architecturex86x86
Generation1210
Turbo Frequency5.2 MHz4.8 MHz
Frequency3.9 MHz3 MHz
Cores1618
Threads2436
Bus rate16 GT/s8 GT/s DMI3
Bit6464
Lithography7 nm14 nm
Transistors count2950 millions9200 millions
Power consumption (TDP)125 W165 W
Memory typeUp to DDR5 4800 MT/s Up to DDR4 3200 MT/sDDR4-2933
Max. Memory128 Gb256 Gb
Memory Frequency6400
Memory bandwidth76.8 GB/s94 GB/s
L1 cache2 MB
L2 cache14 MB
L3 cache30 MB24.75 MB
OverclockingNoYes
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 23% better than Core i9-10980XE in terms of CPU frequency. Another difference is that Core i9-10980XE has 2 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: 31
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i9-10980XE is better: 7
   However, it should be realized that all the data in the table above do not mean that you should be guided entirely by them and trust a simple comparison of these figures. Be sure to watch the testing video and read the reviews of of people who bought Intel Core i9-12900K and Intel Core i9-10980XE before making a decision which of the processors to buy for gaming.
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