Average Bench: 114% (2nd of 1355)

Based on 25,997 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 13.7% 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 Mixed Speed 2,989Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,517Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i9-12900K is just 16.5%. 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 81.8Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 778Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 25,997 samples)
Min Avg Max
72.1 Memory 81.8 93
189 1-Core 202 215
375 2-Core 397 420
121% 227 Pts
Min Avg Max
721 4-Core 778 831
1,356 8-Core 1,517 1,634
142% 1,148 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,737 64-Core 2,989 3,195
201% 2,989 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 4.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 96
1-Core 207
2-Core 409
129% 237 Pts
4-Core 804
8-Core 1,588
147% 1,196 Pts
64-Core 3,087
207% 3,087 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.5
1-Core 197
2-Core 396
119% 223 Pts
4-Core 758
8-Core 1308
130% 1,033 Pts
64-Core 3,025
203% 3,025 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 24 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 70.9
1-Core 194
2-Core 388
115% 218 Pts
4-Core 743
8-Core 1,441
135% 1,092 Pts
64-Core 3,025
203% 3,025 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 52,745,679 CPUs tested.


MSRP ≈ $590 @ launch in Oct '21
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Gaming 257%
Desktop 114%
Workstation 313%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $1,910

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12th generation Alder Lake processor...

Added 6 months ago.


24 days ago.

400wats watch your power bills


3 days ago.

absolute beast and a big dub for intel


17 days ago.

better just not for ultra high end rendering


6 months ago.


3 months ago.

Very powerful with 3.2GHz clock speed, awesome for gaming and lots of cores


4 months ago.

the best for ever processore intel i love


1 month ago.

amazing psu, this is a very good price for a strong gpu. I really like these types of ram kits, they are amazing.


6 months ago.

very fast cpu 10 nm architecture with DDR5 ram support , has i9 10980xe and r9 5950x multicore speeds , and extremely fast single core 220 pts


6 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.


2 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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