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

Intel Core i9-12900KF vs Intel Core i9-12900

Processor comparisons   10-01-2022
   If you can't decide which processor to buy, you can make a decision after reading the full tests Intel Core i9-12900KF vs Intel Core i9-12900 and decide which is better for games or normal use for video editing, streaming, rendering, programming, machine learning. Here you can find useful information from real streaming and video editing tests or various benchmarks. A step-by-step analysis of all the technical characteristics, to make it easier to understand, is summarized in the table.
   From the comparison video, you can get the results of joint testing in special testing software like Furmark, PassMark, SuperPi, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark, UserBenchmark, Prime95, DaVinci Resolve Studio, Blender, Blender, 7zip, Handbrake, VeraCrypt, Cinebench 23 (20, 15), Gears 5, RealBench, Geekbench 5.2, WPrime, MATLAB, PCMark 10, Dolphin Emulator, AIDA64, 3DMark.
   And how good the processors are in games:
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Fortnite
  • Last Man Standing
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone
  • DOOM: Eternal
  • Apex Legends
  • Valorant
  • Halo Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Overwatch
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Death Stranding
  • Borderlands 3
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Fallout 76
  • Valheim
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla

   After reading the results of parallel benchmarks and videos, you can already make an briefed decision about which processor is better to buy for gaming Intel Core i9-12900 or Intel Core i9-12900KF.

 
Intel Core i9-12900KF
Intel Core i9-12900

Summary benchmark results

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

Processor Benchmark
Core i9-12900KF75% Core i9-1290073%
This shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i9-12900KF is 2% 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 i9-12900KF68% Core i9-1290064%
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 the cost of this processor reaches 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 final table below.
List of other games in which processors were compared: League of Legends (LOL), PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Ghostrunner, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Monster Hunter World, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, NBA 2K20, Battlefield V, Hitman 3, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Metro Exodus, Half-Life: Alyx, Control, Horizon Zero Dawn, DOTA 2A, Forza Horizon 4.

Gaming benchmark

Fortnite119.7112.8
Valorant136.0128.1
Cyberpunk 207776.271.8
Apex Legends127.9120.5
Call of Duty Warzone102.096.1
Overwatch110.2103.8
Red Dead Redemption 293.988.4
DOOM Eternal68.064.1
Warzone106.1100.0
Assassin's Creed114.3107.6
Valheim112.9106.4
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: 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 get acquainted with the benchmarks that are made with the same video card that is installed in your computer.


Power consumption
Core i9-12900KF52% Core i9-1290096%
To make a final 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 i9-12900 is more energy efficient than the Core i9-12900KF since it has less power consumption: 125W vs. 65W. 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 plan to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for machine learning, streaming, programming, video rendering or video editing, then the main parameter for you is its performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, the processor includes all threads and cores 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 check whether the program you are going to use on your computer supports multi-threaded mode. Since there are still many programs that can use only one core to work, 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 i9-12900KF Intel Core i9-12900
Cinbench 15 Single-core474445
Cinbench 15 Multi-core49964687
Cinbench 20 Single-core792743
Cinbench 20 Multi-core1110710420
Cinbench 23 Single-core28092635
Cinbench 23 Multi-core3196229985

Passmark
This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900KF Intel Core i9-12900
Single-Core73206867
Multi-Core5464251262

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i9-12900KF Intel Core i9-12900
Single-Core19671885
Multi-Core2051416028

Comparison of specifications

In the specification comparison table, the processor release date and overclocking capability will be the most helpful. 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. If the processor can be overclocked, thereby increasing its performance, then it will still be able to produce maximum FPS in the newest games. Accordingly, you do not need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer. The economy are obvious!

Intel Core i9-12900KF Intel Core i9-12900
Announcement dateJuly 21, 2021July 21, 2021
TypeDesktopDesktop
SocketFCLGA1700FCLGA1700
Core nameAlder LakeAlder Lake
Architecturex86x86
Generation1212
Turbo Frequency5.2 MHz5.1 MHz
Frequency3.9 MHz3.8 MHz
Cores1616
Threads2424
Bus rate16 GT/s16 GT/s
Bit6464
Lithography7 nm7 nm
Transistors count12600 millions12600 millions
Power consumption (TDP)125 W65 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 cache14 MB12 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 i9-12900KF 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 i9-12900KF is better: 24
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i9-12900 is better: 1
   Although it should be realized that the summary data in the text above do not mean that taking them into account you should totally trust a simple comparison of these figures. Be sure to watch benchmarks video and read the reviews of of people who bought Intel Core i9-12900KF and Intel Core i9-12900 before making a selection which CPU to buy for gaming and which not.
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