Average Bench: 117% (17th of 1406)

Based on 66,991 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF00090672 Model: 12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900K

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]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i9-12900K averaged 16.6% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i9-12900K near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Multi Core Speed 2,804Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 814Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-12900K is just 16.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i9-12900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Memory Latency 80.8Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 1,516Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 66,991 samples)
Min Avg Max
67.9 Memory 80.8 92.2
199 1-Core 207 218
397 2-Core 412 436
121% 233 Pts
Min Avg Max
762 4-Core 814 858
1,302 8-Core 1,516 1,655
139% 1,165 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,483 64-Core 2,804 2,996
174% 2,804 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 72.1
1-Core 207
2-Core 407
117% 229 Pts
4-Core 819
8-Core 1,576
142% 1,197 Pts
64-Core 2,808
174% 2,808 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.3
1-Core 203
2-Core 406
116% 227 Pts
4-Core 813
8-Core 1482
138% 1,148 Pts
64-Core 2,680
166% 2,680 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.8
1-Core 203
2-Core 381
116% 221 Pts
4-Core 750
8-Core 1,471
131% 1,111 Pts
64-Core 2,822
175% 2,822 Pts
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Typical Core i9-12900K Builds (Compare 7,369 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 213%
Desktop 116%
Workstation 250%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 - $309

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 78% - Very good Total price: $1,564

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 19 months ago.


7 months ago.

better just not for ultra high end rendering


19 months ago.


8 months ago.

the best for ever processore intel i love


6 months ago.

Magnificent performance , the best Intel Processor I've experienced


18 months ago.

This one easily beat 5950X in terms of pure power. Massive gain in multi core performance make it best component for workstation. However, for gaming, 12700K would be better choice. Less TDP (which can spare more power for GPU) and less price tag.


15 months ago.

Very Good Performance and even thermal efficiency , on a mid-range water cooler ( nzxt x53) , best value processor coming before the 12700k

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