Average Bench: 117% (13th of 1385)

Based on 48,653 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 17.1% 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 2,824Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 815Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-12900K is just 16.2%. 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 81.5Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 1,525Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 48,653 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.2 Memory 81.5 93.8
201 1-Core 207 219
391 2-Core 412 435
121% 234 Pts
Min Avg Max
768 4-Core 815 860
1,367 8-Core 1,525 1,652
140% 1,170 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,561 64-Core 2,824 3,003
175% 2,824 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.3
1-Core 202
2-Core 403
117% 227 Pts
4-Core 797
8-Core 1,450
135% 1,123 Pts
64-Core 2,704
167% 2,704 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.9
1-Core 204
2-Core 405
122% 232 Pts
4-Core 735
8-Core 1,378
126% 1,057 Pts
64-Core 2,650
164% 2,650 Pts
LGA1700, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 72.3
1-Core 191
2-Core 418
115% 227 Pts
4-Core 816
8-Core 1,490
138% 1153 Pts
64-Core 2,878
178% 2,878 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.1
1-Core 210
2-Core 414
118% 232 Pts
4-Core 818
8-Core 1,557
141% 1,187 Pts
64-Core 2,931
181% 2,931 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 71.8
1-Core 211
2-Core 408
118% 230 Pts
4-Core 810
8-Core 1,555
140% 1,183 Pts
64-Core 2,892
179% 2,892 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 58,840,880 CPUs tested.


MSRP ≈ $590 @ launch in Oct '21
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Gaming 233%
Desktop 116%
Workstation 274%

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $1,972

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

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11 days ago.

way better than the 11900K for about the same price


3 months ago.

better just not for ultra high end rendering


15 months ago.


4 months ago.

the best for ever processore intel i love


1 month ago.

Magnificent performance , the best Intel Processor I've experienced


14 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.


35 mins ago.

my 5800x3d gets practically the same fps as my friend in gta online, we can both get insane fps in public sessions, this is far better for productivity though tbf


11 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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