12 Cores, 24 Threads @4.7GHz, Zen4.
Release date: Q3 2022.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 69,835 user samples
66,991 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 124% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 5.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 107% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Poor: 107% Great: 124%
SPEED RANK: 26th / 1442
Gaming 117%
Desktop 116%
Workstation 138%
2,844 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 126% Base clock 4.7 GHz, turbo 5.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 105% Base clock 4.7 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 105% Great: 126%
SPEED RANK: 27th / 1442
Gaming 116%
Desktop 117%
Workstation 138%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
117 % +0% 116 %
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FarC6 2%, GTAV 1%, R6S 2%, TWarW3 5% 1 % SotTR 4%, CSGO 12%
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TWarW3 4% 8 % Factorio 26%, Forza5 0%, Hitm3 5%, FarC6 5%, SotTR 11%, CPunk 1%, CSGO 20%, TinTW 3%
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Avg. Memory Latency
80.8 Pts 81.5 Pts +1%
Avg. Single Core Speed
207 Pts 211 Pts +2%
Avg. Dual Core Speed
412 Pts +0% 411 Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed
814 Pts +1% 804 Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed
1516 Pts 1536 Pts +1%
OC Memory Latency
92.2 Pts 92.2 Pts
OC Single Core Speed
218 Pts 218 Pts
OC Dual Core Speed
436 Pts +0% 434 Pts
OC Quad Core Speed
858 Pts 863 Pts +1%
OC Octa Core Speed
1655 Pts 1693 Pts +2%
Market Share
Based on 67,686,362 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.93 % Hugely higher market share.
0.18 %
Value For Money
111 % Slightly better value.
105 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
84 % Much more popular.
58 %
Price (score)
$329 Cheaper.
29 Months 18 Months Much more recent.
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
125 Watts More energy efficient.
170 Watts
CPU Processing Cores
16 cores Much higher core count.
12 cores
CPU Processing Threads
24 threads 24 threads
Manufacturing process
10 nm 5 nm Much newer manufacturing.
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.2 GHz 4.7 GHz Much faster base frequency.
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
5.2 GHz 5.6 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
OC Multi Core Speed
2996 Pts +1% 2977 Pts
Avg. Multi Core Speed
2804 Pts +0% 2800 Pts
CPU Architecture
Alder Lake Zen4
Motherboard Socket
Integrated Graphics

Intel’s 16-core flagship Alder Lake i9-12900K processor delivers a staggering performance improvement over it's predecessor (+70% 64-core). It features a new hybrid architecture which combines eight hyper-threaded performance cores with eight efficiency cores for a total of 24 threads. Alder Lake CPUs will require a new Z690 chipset which supports DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0. At an MRSP of $590 USD, the i9-12900K is aimed at power users who demand the best of the best. That said, Intel’s 10-core 12600K matches the 12900K’s performance for the majority of consumer use cases at a 50% price discount. [Nov '21 CPUPro]


Within minutes of the first, pre-release, 7000 series userbenchmark results, AMD’s marketers broadcast a 20% win over the 12900K via thousands of anonymous twitter, reddit, forum and youtube accounts. Buying new AMD products is like buying used cars: it takes time, experience and a taste for sales hype. It’s difficult for consumers to make rational choices while AMD completely dominates “sponsored news” and social media channels. Ten years ago, when AMD was the underdog, this type of marketing was understandable. Today, with a capitalization of $150 Billion USD, it’s disrespectful to AMD's own users. Even with Intel's marketing department asleep at the wheel, Ryzen will quickly end up in the same state as Radeon. Following a series of overhyped releases, consumers have little interest in the Radeon brand. The combined market share for all of AMD’s (discrete) Radeon RX 5000 and 6000 GPUs (Steam stats) is just 2%. Although the new 7000 series Zen4 CPUs are actually around 15% faster than their predecessors, they have hefty cooling requirements (TDP +60% vs 5000 series), 30 second BIOS post times, expensive DDR5 RAM requirements and only work with expensive motherboards. Despite the 7000 series struggling to match Intel’s outgoing 12th gen, AMD market it as a “future proof” platform! They want users to pay a premium for last gen performance in exchange for the shallow promise of upgrades in the future. Over the next few days, Intel’s 13th gen (Raptor Lake) will launch. Shoppers will do well to wait until then. Despite AMD’s Neanderthal marketing techniques, it’s hard not to admire their technical progress. AMD-Raptor4 and Intel-Zen13 would be better fitting product names. [Sep '22 CPUPro]


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